How to apply

That’s it – your first experience of Norton Rose Fulbright. Who knows – it may even be the first glimpse of your future career: the moment you found the right firm to help you progress with purpose.

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Interview and assessment days

If your application for a training contract impresses, we will invite you to an assessment day in our Dubai office. This day will help us get to know you and see what you are capable of. At the same time, it is your opportunity to meet us, experience our culture and find out more about life at Norton Rose Fulbright.

The day will include:

a formal welcome

a fictional commercial exercise, which will test your team-working skills

an interview with two senior members of the practice

a written exercise to assess your drafting skills

afternoon refreshments.

Your interview is your chance to shine as an individual and really show us who you are, so you will want to perform as well as you can.

We will do our best to get back to you quickly after the assessment day to let you know the outcome.

If you require a reasonable adjustment to our assessment process, or have any access requirements, please let the Middle East HR team know.


Have a positive attitude. If you are enthusiastic and willing to get stuck into the work that you’re given, you will get so much more out of the seat.

Have a positive attitude. If you are enthusiastic and willing to get stuck into the work that you’re given, you will get so much more out of the seat.

Hesa Alsaad, Trainee Solicitor

Application and interview tips

We spoke to trainees, associates and partners to find out what application and interview advice they would give. Here is what they said.

Five tips for a strong application

  1. Start by reading through the form and making sure you understand what each question is asking for.
  2. Make it clear why you have chosen us and why you see your future here.
  3. Don’t forget to check and double-check your spelling and grammar. Attention to detail is massively important in law, and any mistakes will show.
  4. Individuality is valued here, so let your personality come through. Be interesting and engaging.
  5. We’re interested in hearing your opinions about us. So, without quoting our own materials, let us know.

Five ways to shine in your interview

  1. Prepare thoroughly. Show your knowledge of our global reach, our business strategy and our work. And say what it means to you.
  2. It helps to be up to speed with topical commercial issues and developments, so read the business and legal press.
  3. Be ready to do most of the talking. After all, we’ll want to get to know you.
  4. Think of some pertinent questions for the end of the interview – we like enquiring minds.
  5. Above all, be who you are, not who you think we want you to be.

Get in touch

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