Interview Questions

2017

"There was a variety of questions. Most were related to me but there were also a couple of situational judgement questions and a few 'standard' ones such as: if you could change any law in the UK, what would it be?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked questions about my application (eg interests, answers to the application questions etc), contract law questions and ethics questions."
Second year trainee, London.
"How would [x] affect our business? Why NRF? If you got asked to work abroad for two years, would you do it?"
First year trainee, London
"They were mainly about my application and my grades. There were also some questions about law (eg what are the binding elements of a contract? Would this be a binding contract?), Some problem questions to see if I could think rationally when put on the spot and questions about commercial awareness. There's usually a moral dilemma question as well where there isn't a clear answer but they want to see whether you will stick to your first answer or change your mind when challenged."
Second year trainee, Mpscow
"I was asked general questions about my CV and application form. We also discussed my previous work experience."
Second year trainee, London
"I had commercial scenario-based questions. The client is doing [x], what are their five biggest concerns?"
First year trainee, London
"Most of the questions were around my motivation to work in London, my interest in commercial law and Norton Rose Fulbright in particular. The differences between Norton Rose Fulbright and similar firms also appeared to be tested."
First year trainee, London
"There were lots of ethics-based questions and scenario questions. There were fewer of the typical commercial awareness questions than I was expecting."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about why I wanted to work in law, why NRF, and specific things about my CV and academic background."
First year trainee, London
"All of the standard ones (why law, why the firm) as well as some more specific competency ones depending on what the candidate has mentioned in their application."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"I cannot answer for law students but for non-lawyers, expect to be cross-examined on your motivations for applying for a career in the law and why you applied to Norton Rose Fulbright specifically."
Second year trainee, London
"What attracted me to the legal profession? Why did I want to become a solicitor as opposed to a barrister? Why did I choose this firm over others? Would I be happy doing an international seat? I was also asked about some of my personal experiences to date."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked ethical questions."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked to elaborate on some of my answers in my application. Definitely be familiar with what you wrote down, especially because the interview can come months after you submit the application."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about the dissertation topic for my English literature degree, my recommendations for dance lessons and whether I got nervous when performing in front of people. The interviewing partners want to get to know you as a person. They have already read your application form and your written answers to questions on current issues and hot topics."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I was asked how the City has changed in the last ten years and why, alongside standard competency questions. I also had to identify why I chose Norton Rose Fulbright, and answer how if I was the CEO how would I develop the firm in the future."
Second year trainee, Sydney
"During my interview I was asked why I was interested in a career in law, to identify why I had no relevant work experience, what developments caught my eye in the field of competition law recently (as I was studying my master's degree at the time)."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to work for Norton Rose Fulbright and why maritime law is my preference, in addition to acknowledging the international basis of the firm."
First year trainee, Paris
"I was asked why I wanted to work in (City) law, and which areas I am interested in. This came alongside which law I would change, a contract law scenario, and which commercial issue I have followed, and I was questioned on my hobbies at university."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about some topical issues at the time as well as elements of my application. I was also asked to describe what route the firm should take in the future which inspired some interesting debates."
First year trainee, London
"Every aspect of my application form was discussed during my interview."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked questions about what was going on in the news. I found that here they weren't necessarily looking for a 'right' answer, as my interviewers just wanted to see that I could give an opinion. I was also asked general question such as why I wanted to work in law and why I chose Norton Rose Fulbright."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Questions ranged from my background and education to characteristics that would make me a good lawyer. There was a focus on commercial awareness, I was asked about a news story that had capture my attention."
First year trainee, London
"In my vacation scheme interview, I was asked to justify a commercial topic I had written about. I was challenged rigorously on my answers. In my training contract interview, I was asked more about my personal life - my hobbies and interests, etc. I was also asked how I would cope with long periods of intense concentration. I was asked generally about the experience of the vacation scheme and the sort of work I had done."
First year trainee, London
"In my training contract interview, I was asked questions relating to my choice of law firm, my role in a society at university and my part-time job. The questions were unpredictable, and I was asked things like why a law firm should sponsor the society I ran."
Second year trainee, London
"My interview felt more like a conversation than a test, which I think is a good sign. I didn't get asked many commercial questions, but I was asked why I was interested in Norton Rose Fulbright, how I would deal with specific scenarios, and what areas of law I was interested in. The rest of my interview centred around my extra-curricular activities at school and university, my previous vacation scheme experiences, my other work experience, and my study abroad experience."
Second year trainee, Sydney
"Why law?, why Norton Rose Fulbright?, why corporate law?, where do you see yourself in x years?, tell us about recent legal/commercial issue that has interested you, what issues do you think the legal market faces in the recent future?, and so forth. It became a conversation rather than an interview before long... though don't forget they're assessing you. They sprang on me to describe myself in three words at one point, and will also push your answers to see how critically you've formulated the ideas they contain."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked: what do you think about pro bono work? Would you be prepared to work weekends? Would you work for a client that you didn't agree with?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked the standard competency questions - example of being under pressure, being a team member, giving presentations, situations where you've had to deal with difficult people/situations and come out well. How I thought the City had changed in the last ten years. Where I saw myself in ten years. Why Norton Rose Fulbright? If I were in charge of moving the firm forward, what would I do? Come prepared to talk about a commercial piece of news and the details of the transaction. What do you think makes a good international legal practice? What makes a good lawyer."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked a variety of questions. Many were commercially based, requesting my opinion on topical subjects. Others were more personal, designed to see me as a person."
First year trainee, London
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