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Norton Rose Fulbright

  • Up to 45 vacancies
  • 79 trainees
  • 1100 partners
  • 4000 staff

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Training contract

If you are a finalist or graduate you should apply from 1 October 2019 to 12 January 2020.

If you are a Penultimate-year law student you should apply from 1 June to 12 July 2020.

Vacation schemes

Our 2019 winter vacation scheme is for finalists and graduates from law and non-law subjects and will run from 9 December to 17 December 2019. Applications will open from 1 October to 15 November 2019 and assessment days will be held in November.

Our 2020 Spring vacation scheme is for finalists and graduates (law and non-law). The scheme will run on 30 March 2020 to 7 April 2020. Applications will open from 1 October 2019 to 12 January 2020.

Our 2020 summer vacation schemes are for penultimate-year law and non-law undergraduates. The schemes will run on the following dates: 8 – 19 June 2020 and 29 June – 10 July 2020. Applications will open from 1 October 2019 and close on 31 January 2020, and we will be holding assessment days in February 2020.

Open days

To apply for one of our open days, you will need to submit on online CV and covering letter. Please visit our graduate website for details on our application dates and deadlines. 

First step

First-year undergraduates and those in the 2nd year of a four year course may apply for our first step programme from 1 October 2019 to 31 January 2020. Telephone interviews will be held in March 2020 and successful candidates will attend the programme from 20 – 24 July 2020. 


Applications to

Graduate Recruitment

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview

We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 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 labor; intellectual property; regulation and investigations; and risk advisory. We also advise on US law, and we have a worldleading 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.

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

Work placements

Finding the place you want to spend 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 for one week or two, we pack a lot into these three schemes. You’ll do real work, for real clients. 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. 

Open days and 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 our open days and first step programmes. FirstStep caters to first-year undergraduates, while our open days are designed for undergraduates, graduates, first years and career changers 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 each of corporate, banking and litigation. 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 2022 and September 2022 intakes finalists and graduates law and non-law should apply from 1 October 2019 to 12 January 2020. Penultimate year law students should apply from 1 June 2020 – 12 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.

Mentoring

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.

  • 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: graduate.recruitment@nortonrosefulbright.com
Web: www.nortonrosefulbrightgraduates.com
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
Minimum qualification: AAB at A level and 2.1 degree (or equivalent)
Start salary: Please visit website
Turnover: £822,300,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £420,000 (2012)
Starting salary: £45,000
Training contract applications: 2,000 (2015)
Retention rate: 79% (2015)
Partner diversity:
  • 76.0% male (2016)
  • 24.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 50.0% male (2016)
  • 50.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Athens
  • Bahrain
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Johannesburg
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Amsterdam
  • Athens
  • Austin
  • Bahrain
  • 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
  • Port Moresby
  • Quebec
  • Riyadh*
  • Rio de Janiero San Antonio
  • San Francisco
  • Sao Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • St Louis
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Warsaw
  • Washington DC. *Associated offices ** Alliance offices
  • A4ID
  • Croydon Law Centre
  • Free Representation Unit
  • LawWorks
  • Tower Hamlets Law Centre
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Bright Network
  • Pathways to Law
  • PRIME
  • Pure Potential
  • Rare Recruitment
  • SEO London
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall