You've done your homework, studied the stats, read up on practice areas, and compared the firms that've caught your eye – now, it's time to put your best foot and training contract application forward.
There's no delaying the inevitable, and, as graduate recruiters were keen to tell us when we collected our list of relevant tips, procrastination rarely improves an application. So, take the time to browse over the following deadlines, make a schedule and pace yourself accordingly – you'll do great.
Last but not least: good luck, and keep us updated on Twitter!
Our thanks to Norton Rose Fulbright for sponsoring the following table:
"When researching law firms, candidates should use a range of sources including: firm websites, social media channels, legal and business press and meeting representatives on campus. Representatives may include future and current trainees, associates and partners, as well as graduate recruitment.
Some firms also employ students as campus reps who can provide useful information. However, there really is no better way to find out about a firm than meeting current employees, so sign up for networking opportunities and apply for open days and vacation schemes. Your research needs to be thorough; we expect candidates to have some knowledge of Norton Rose Fulbright's strategy, global expansion and industry sector focus. You can't simply re-hash what we say on our website though!
We like candidates to think about our business and our clients independently, so use a variety of sources to inform your views before you apply or attend an interview."
If you are applying for training contracts you should keep an eye on law firm trainee retention rates as they are published. After all, the ultimate goal of completing a training contract is to become a newly qualified (NQ) lawyer so a firm's retention rate may play a role in your decision where to apply.
After a year-long trial, Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is following up on its recent transatlantic merger with further investment in its Newcastle legal services hub.
The Norton Rose Fulbright GP challenge is now open and you can be part of the race by submitting your answer to the following question:
"F1 is a risky business. What do you think a lawyer should be thinking about when advising high-risk clients?"
Norton Rose Fulbright open days are for everyone – undergraduates, graduates and career changers, from any and all degree backgrounds.
On the open day, you will get to find out what goes on behind closed doors at the firm. You will receive application and interview advice and have the opportunity to explore the offices. You will also take part in workshops and network with lawyers at all levels.
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