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Norton Rose Fulbright

  • Up to 45 vacancies
  • 85 trainees
  • 1100 partners
  • 3700 staff

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Training contract

If you are a finalist or graduate you should apply from 26 October to 13 December 2020.

If you are a Penultimate-year law student you should apply from 31 May to 11 July 2021.

Vacation schemes

Our 2020 winter vacation scheme is for finalists and graduates from law and non-law subjects and will run from 7 to 11 December 2020.This year’s winter vacation scheme will be held virtually. Applications will open from 14 September to 1 November 2020 and assessment days will be held in November.

Our 2021 spring vacation scheme is for finalists and graduates (law and non-law). The scheme will run on 12 to 20 April 2021. Applications will open from 5 October to 22 November 2020.

Our 2021 summer vacation schemes are for penultimate-year law and non-law undergraduates. The schemes will run on the following dates: 7 to 18 June 2021 and 28 June to 9 July 2021. Applications will open from 16 November 2020 to 17 January 2021, assessments will be held in February 2021.

First step

First-year undergraduates and those in the second year of a four year course may apply for our first step programme from 4 January to 14 February 2021. Telephone interviews will be held in March 2021 and successful candidates will attend the programme from 19 to 23 July 2021.

Applications to

Ms Philippa Wilson

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing
  • Telephone interview

We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3,700 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Our London office delivers domestic and multi-jurisdictional legal services to corporates, financial institutions, governments and other public sector organisations. We excel across a range of legal practices, including corporate, M&A and securities; banking and finance; dispute resolution and litigation; real estate; antitrust and competition; tax; employment and labour; intellectual property; regulation and investigations; and risk advisory. We also advise on US law, and we have a world leading Islamic finance practice. We are particularly well-known for our focus on industry sectors and are strong in financial institutions, including insurance; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Work placements

Finding the place you want to start your career is a moment you’ll always remember, and that’s exactly the kind of insight we offer on our vacation schemes. Whether you’re with us virtually or in person, we pack a lot into these four schemes. You’ll network with colleagues. You’ll present group projects on legal issues. It’s a lot of new ground to cover, but if you want to understand what it’s really like to work here, nothing else comes close.

First-year opportunities

Everyone remembers the first day they walked through the doors of their future firm. For many of our lawyers, that happens on first step programmes. First Step caters to first-year undergraduates of all degree subjects. Either way, it’s the opportunity to step through our doors, make a first impression, and use our packed schedule of interactive sessions to discover whether law is right for you.

There’s no progress more vital than what you’ll experience on our training contracts. Over two years – broken into four six-month seats – you’ll hit all kinds of new firsts with us, big and small. You’ll explore new areas, for instance. Each seat will take you through different sectors and practice areas, with at least one seat in banking and corporate. One of your seats will almost certainly be on secondment too – your first encounter with working in a new country, or maybe six months spent working in a client office. As you move from one milestone to the next, you’ll have a sizeable team at your back. A partner mentor to turn to and to learn from. A trainee buddy to teach you the ropes. And the whole trainee development team, to keep you on track from day to day.

An impeccable academic record and intellectual rigour are prerequisites. We expect successful candidates to have at least AAB at A level (or equivalent) and be on track for a 2.1 (or equivalent).

You’ll have an enquiring mind, strong interpersonal skills, and the motivation to make constant progress. You’ll never stop pushing yourself forward, grasping every opportunity – both at home and abroad – that our firm has to offer. You’ll be interested in business too, and keen to build relationships within a firm that’ll help you make progress with purpose.

Training environment

We offer up to 45 training contracts each year across two intakes. For the March 2023 and September 2023 intakes, finalists and graduates (law and non-law) should apply from 26 October 2020 to 13 December 2020. Penultimate year law students should apply from 31 May 2020 to 11 July 2020 once they have received their second year grades.

At Norton Rose Fulbright we look for intelligent, ambitious, internationally focused and commercially-minded individuals to drive our business. We will expect you to think creatively and find new ways to solve problems. We expect our trainees to deliver work that meets the highest professional, ethical and business standards for our clients. All applicants must have achieved at least AAB in their A levels or equivalent and be on course to achieve (or to have achieved already) a 2.1 degree or above.


Our mentoring scheme will help you make the most of the incredible depth of knowledge and experience across the organisation. Your mentor will offer you everything from career insights to resolving any concerns you may have.

Working together

We pride ourselves on our supportive culture that thrives on collaboration and encourages networking with your trainee colleagues, lawyers and partners. You will also help to choose - or become - one of two trainee representatives. These meet once a quarter to provide feedback, raise concerns and generate ideas to ensure your training contract is a rewarding experience.

Your development

When we hire you, we are making an investment. We ensure we all get the maximum return on this by providing the highest standards of training. Becoming an outstanding lawyer is about continuous development - we will make sure you are challenged and rewarded in equal measure.

GDL and LPC course fees are paid. The maintenance grants are £10,000 for LPC students and £8,000 for GDL students.

  • Banking
  • Capital markets
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment & pensions
  • Energy transport & infrastructure
  • Environmental
  • European & competition law
  • Finance
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance & reinsurance
  • Intellectual property
  • IT & communications
  • Life sciences
  • Media
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory
  • Shipping
  • Tax
  • General Commercial
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

3 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AQ
Phone: 020 7444 2113
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 50
Minimum qualification: AAB at A level and 2.1 degree (or equivalent)
Start salary: £48,000
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Athens
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Amsterdam
  • Athens
  • Austin
  • Bangkok
  • Beijing
  • Brisbane
  • Brussels
  • Bujumbura**
  • Calgary
  • Canberra
  • Cape Town
  • Casablanca
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Dubai
  • Durban
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Harare**
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • Istanbul
  • Jakarta*
  • Johannesburg
  • Kampala**
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Luxembourg
  • Melbourne
  • Mexico City
  • Milan
  • Minneapolis
  • Monaco
  • Montréal
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Newcastle
  • New York
  • Nairobi **
  • Ottawa
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Piraeus
  • Quebec
  • Riyadh*
  • San Antonio
  • San Francisco
  • Sao Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • St Louis
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Warsaw
  • Washington DC
  • *Associated offices
  • **Alliance office
  • A4ID
  • Croydon Law Centre
  • Free Representation Unit
  • LawWorks
  • Tower Hamlets Law Centre
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Bright Network
  • Pathways to Law
  • Pure Potential
  • Rare Recruitment
  • SEO London
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall