This scheme


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). Any academic degree is acceptable.

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.

How many business trainees will you take?

Up to 4 roles are available starting in September 2021.  It is our intention that in future years we will take up to 4 business trainees, starting each September.

How many business trainees will be offered a permanent role?

When we take on a business trainee we are making an investment. We expect to retain a high proportion of business trainees, but the number we retain will be based on the number who reach an objective standard and business need, not a quota. You will be given a lot of support to reach this standard, and regularly appraised throughout the scheme, so they know how  you are performing.

Where will I be based?

All rotations will be based in our London office, except for rotations through the innovation team, which is predominantly based in our Newcastle Hub. The role may also involve shorter placements in one of our 50+ other offices, globally. On completion of the scheme you will be located with the team you qualify into.
Will accommodation be provided on placements in Newcastle or other offices?

Accommodation will be provided on placements during the scheme and travel costs will also be met. 

Does this scheme lead to a legal qualification?

No. This scheme is designed for graduates who would like to pursue a career in law as an industry – which is different to being a lawyer.  Both careers are challenging and rewarding, but they are very different. If you would like to apply for a legal training contract please visit our UK graduate recruitment site (hyperlink: https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-gb/careers/graduates).

Will this scheme lead to a professional qualification?

The scheme sits within NRF Transform, our global change and innovation program, which encompasses a number of related but different disciplines.  This scheme is designed to give a rounded exposure to several of those disciplines. On successful completion of the scheme, will join one of a number of teams, some of which are supported by professional qualifications.  In those circumstances, you may be eligible (and may be required) to gain the relevant professional qualification.

This is a graduate role at a law firm.  Do I need to have been to law school or hold a law degree?

No. However, we would welcome any evidence that you are interested in law as an industry, and have some understanding of it.

The role involves legal technology.  Do I need to have a background in computer science or particular technology related qualifications?

No.  However, we would welcome any evidence that you are interested in the application of technology to business, and have some understanding of it.

Applications and assessment

When will I know the outcome of my application?

You will receive immediate acknowledgement of receipt of your application form by email. If your circumstances change, we would be grateful if you could let us know. Please note, it is not possible for the team to update applications with academics or work experience once they are submitted.

Can I have feedback on my application?

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to offer individual feedback on application forms. If you proceed to interview, we will give feedback.

What does the assessment day include?

Our typical virtual assessment day will include:

  • a welcome by the NRF Transform team
  • an interview with two senior members of the team
  • a group exercise so we can assess how you work in a team

As well as lots of enthusiasm, you will need to provide :

  • your passport and any accompanying visas
  • original certificates to confirm your academic achievements to date (e.g. school, university, as applicable)

How do I complete the application form if I did not study in the UK?

Please input your grades into the application form as they were awarded to you at school and/or university. You do not need to convert them into the UK equivalent, but please do include as much detail as possible.

My academic performance was affected by personal circumstances. Will you take these into account?

Yes. We encourage you to include relevant details on your application form or, if you prefer, send a confidential email to graduate.recruitment@nortonrosefulbright.com and include 'Business and Legal Operations Graduate Scheme' in the subject line of your email.

I need a work permit – will that be a problem?

Offers are subject to you being able to work in the UK. Please speak to us about this should you be offered a position at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Diversity & inclusion

I have a disability and require the application form in an alternative format. Can you provide this?

Yes, we will provide the application form in alternative formats. Please contact graduate.recruitment@nortonrosefulbright.com with details of the alternative format required.

Please let us know as soon as you can about the format you require.

What should I do if I require reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process because of a disability?

We will work with you to ensure any reasonable adjustment requirements are implemented correctly. Please contact us to discuss the adjustment(s) you require.

I am worried that if I disclose my disability this will be perceived negatively. I have had a bad experience in the past and feel it is ‘safer’ not to disclose my disability.

We take a positive approach to employing disabled people and are an accredited Disability Confident Employer. We also operate the Guaranteed Interview Scheme if you meet our minimum criteria. Please note that we take a range of competencies, achievements and skills into account when making decisions on candidates and do not rely solely on academic results.