Norton Rose Fulbright

About us

How do you know when you’re making progress? It’s all about the firsts. First foot in the door. First deal closed. First mistake – and what you learned from it. It’s the little steps as well as the big ones. And we’ll be there for all of them, to help you make progress with purpose.

But who are we? Time for a first introduction to your future. Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm, providing the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. Our 4,000 lawyers and legal staff are based in 50+ cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Recognised for our industry focus, we’ve got strength across all key sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; life sciences, and healthcare.

Quality, unity and integrity are our hallmarks, and they’re principles we’ll pass on to you. With every step, every triumph, every new experience, you’ll aim for the highest possible standards – and help us achieve that for clients too.

Training contract

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.

Vacation schemes

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 programmes. You’ll do real work, for real clients. You’ll network with colleagues. You’ll present group projects on legal issues you’d never considered before. 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. Pay for the week is £350, and on top of that, you’ll leave us knowing for sure that you’re on the right path.

Open days and First Step programmes

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. First Step caters to first-year undergraduates, while our open days are designed for undergraduates, graduates 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.

What we look for

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.  

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