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Norton Rose Fulbright Vacation Scheme Review

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What was the application process at Norton Rose to get on to the vac scheme?

Firstly, it was necessary to complete an online application form that was fairly similar to those of other top city law firms. This was followed by two standardised online tests; one gauging analytical and verbal reasoning ability, the other gauging logical skills. Having completed these, I was invited in for a vac scheme interview. This lasted an hour and predominantly focused on assessing levels of commercial awareness.

How long was the vac scheme?

2 weeks.

What sort of hours were you working?

9.30 am – 5.30 pm (not including firm related social events).

How many other interns were there and what universities were they from?

There were 15 interns in total. A few interns were from international universities.

What sort of tasks were you doing while you were on the vac scheme?

I spent a large proportion of my time researching various legal issues and drafting items of correspondence during my vac scheme. As well as this, I was asked to proof read documents and review a number of legal cases. Fortunately, as I was in one of the Corporate teams, I was also allowed to sit in and discuss the structure of ongoing deals with members of the firm. This was particularly enjoyable and I have found that, on other vac schemes, it is a rarity to have the opportunity to speak with senior lawyers about the nature of deals.

Was there an evaluation during/after?

Yes, at the end of the vac scheme I received formal feedback.

What was the culture of the organisation?

The cliché ‘work hard/play hard’ definitely applies. I would say that all the people I came across at the firm were highly articulate and very socially adept. There was a noticeably inclusive and friendly atmosphere at the firm. One particular feature that was apparent at Norton Rose was that there was a truly international vibe. There were many lawyers who were both well-travelled and could speak at least one other language.

Were you paid?

Yes, about £250 per week.

Were there any perks?

Yes, on several occasions the firm’s trainees took me out. Interns were also invited to participate in sporting events and to attend one of the firm’s parties. In general, I was made to feel really welcome in the two weeks that I was at the firm.

Did you receive any formal training?

There were a couple of introductory workshops for the interns. They were designed to run through some of the key skills required when conducting professional presentations.






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