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Crystal Hung - Trainee

Trainee, First seat

You first started at Norton Rose Fulbright on one of our vacation schemes. What can you tell us about that?

I took part in a summer vacation scheme here in my second year of university. I was interested in a vacation scheme because I wanted to find out what working in a city firm would be like – and I certainly found that insight at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Sitting in a banking team and a corporate team, I worked on transactions involving M&A, debt financing and real estate financing. The whole experience stood out for me because everyone took the time to involve me in the deals they were working on. I attended calls, completed legal research and assisted with live transactions. Ultimately, it gave me a vital understanding of what life would be like here.

So the vacation scheme was the reason you decided to do your training contract here?

It was certainly a major element, but the firm’s global outlook was an important consideration too. In my eyes, Norton Rose Fulbright’s international scope clearly sets it apart from other firms. The quality of our work is outstanding because of the global network at our fingertips. It also means we have a huge choice when it comes to international secondments, and that was definitely a deciding factor for me.

Since you joined, what’s been your experience of mentoring and training?

There’s an impressive emphasis on mentoring and training here. When you first arrive, you are given a partner mentor who is able to give impartial advice on your career. Trainees are also paired up with a buddy: a recent trainee who can provide support and reassurance, as well as answering any questions you may have. Formal mentoring schemes aside, other people at the firm are always happy to help too, so you’re never short of knowledgeable guidance.

And has that support helped you grow?

Definitely. I’ve progressed immensely since I joined Norton Rose Fulbright. With the depth of our department-specific training and so much to learn from the associates and partners, I know I’ve come a long way. It was also great to kick things off with our initial three-week training course. For me, that was incredibly useful – just a brilliant way to help us understand the scope of the practice.

If you were going to give one piece of advice to potential Norton Rose Fulbright applicants, what would you tell them?

Give it some careful thought and be sure of yourself and your ambitions. Why do you want to study law? Is a large city firm right for you? And if it is, why Norton Rose Fulbright in particular? You’ll need to be able to demonstrate at interview that you’ve researched the firm thoroughly and know why you want to come to us. Just as importantly though, asking these probing questions can also help you clarify what you really want from your future career.

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