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Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognized 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.

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.

To find out more please visit our graduate website:

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Training Contracts

We offer up to 50 training contracts each year. Based on a four-seat pattern, you will get the widest possible exposure to different practice areas and offices around the world, enabling you to make the best and most informed choice of qualification area. You will have the opportunity to spend one of your seats on an international or client secondment. Trainees are paid £41,000 in Year 1, which increases to £46,000 in Year 2.

Work Experience

We run three vacation schemes each year (winter and summer) where you will have the opportunity to get under the skin of our business and get a genuine feel for what it is like to work here. You will get to participate in actual work with clients – which could involve anything from legal research to attending meetings or court. You will also attend training sessions on presentation skills and breakfast briefings about our practice areas. What is more, you will be paid £300 per week and there will be plenty of social events where you can meet our trainees, lawyers and partners.

We also run open days throughout the year and a first year work experience week (First step) for impressive candidates. Our open days and First step programme give prospective trainees an insight into life at Norton Rose Fulbright. As well as giving you the chance to meet and quiz many of our lawyers, these programmes will provide you with interactive sessions to help you start your legal career.

Who we want

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 strong 2.1 (or equivalent). You will have an enquiring mind with a profound and genuine interest in the world of international business and the commercial environment of our clients. Your global mindset means that you will embrace the international opportunities on offer. Your interpersonal skills will be second to none. You will have the confidence to build long term, trusting relationships with clients and colleagues.

How to apply

You can find full details of our selection criteria, application deadlines and selection process at or by calling 020 7444 2113 and asking to speak with Caroline Lindner, Trainee Recruitment Manager.

We know how important it is for you to meet our people, because it gives you a feel for who we are, what we do and how we work. It is important for us too, because we like to meet our future lawyers as early as possible.

Please visit our Events Calendar on our graduate website for more details.

Our approach to diversity is centered around inclusion. We value difference and promote a culture of respect for the individual. We know that when people feel included and feel that they can be themselves at work, they are more engaged in their work, more productive and will realise their full potential and ambitions. Leveraging the full potential of our workforce makes good business sense to us.

Diversity and Inclusion is about more than just valuing differences based on gender, age, race or colour, gender identity, religion or belief, disability, national origin, and sexual orientation. Factors such as communication style, career path, life experience, educational background and parental status influence personal perspectives and make us react and think differently; approach challenges and solve problems differently; make suggestions and decisions differently; and see different opportunities.

Actions do speak lounder than words and in our most recent staff engagement survey our people have told us that they feel our work environment is open and accepting of individual differences and that they feel that their colleagues respect their thoughts and feelings. Inclusion was the second highest scoring category in the survey, narrowly missing out on the top spot to positive feedback about our modern and accessible riverside offices.

Our approach to Diversity & Inclusion is global and becoming a disability confident firm is one of our global strategy priorities.

We have been awarded the Disability Two Ticks Symbol by Jobcentre Plus for adopting a proactive approach to employing disabled people and trying to create a more diverse workforce. Each year we meet with many candidates who choose to apply for our guaranteed interview scheme. Candidates with a disability need to meet our minimum criteria to secure an interview and we have seen a direct impact on the number of offers we have made.

Our strategy doesn’t just focus on disability though.

  • Our Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council spearheads our ambition to be a global leader in this field.

  • We are a founder member of Prime, which provides high-quality work experience for young people from less-advantaged backgrounds.

  • Pride, our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allies network (LGBT) fosters an inclusive and supportive environment for all our LGBT employees and clients.

  • Our women’s network provides learning and networking opportunities for partners, employees and clients. Early WiN was established to support the needs of both men and women in the early stages of their career.

  • We are signed members of the Social Mobility Business Compact, which commits us to making access to work opportunities fair and open.

  • We also have longstanding relationships with reforming programmes, in order to improve access to students from under-represented black and ethnic minority backgrounds into our trainee population.

  • We support Pure Potential, an organisation which aims to bridge the gap between students and respectable employers, as well as top universities, through face-to-face events, their website and sixth form guide APPLY.

  • Our multi-faith prayer room in our London office provides space for prayer or quiet contemplation.

We know that attending an interview is a daunting task and concern about how we as an employer would support you if you have a disability can make this even more stressful. Our graduate recruitment team is ready to support you and we invite you to speak with us to help make suitable adjustments for you. Whether this be extra time, additional information or simply reassurance that you will be treated fairly and equally. We also work in partnership with external specialist disability organisations and can ask them for advice and guidance as required.

If you require a reasonable adjustment to our assessment process, or have any access requirements, please contact us. Simply log in or sign up to view contact details. If you join us, you will work our Human Resources Team to make suitable and sustainable adjustments that will enable you to work effectively. This may involve an assessment at your desk with our Health and Safety Team to discuss and identify any physical adjustments you may need to your work area. We may also work with our Occupational Health Advisors, IT, your line manager and our external advisors to ensure your adjustments are implemented quickly and seamlessly.