A lot of our readers naturally focus on the pursuit of a training contract, but it is worth considering what awaits trainees once they begin life at a law firm. Aside from the actual case work, what else do budding lawyers need to consider?
The qualification process can be a challenging time for our trainees, so we are very open about the process so you feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel! From start to finish, our qualification process usually lasts no longer than three months. We encourage discussions with trainees, to support them with identifying which roles they would like to be considered for from our vacancy list. Trainees are also permitted to apply for more than one role if requested.
Once you join Norton Rose Fulbright as a trainee you will be assessed throughout your training contract both informally on the day to day tasks you complete and also on a more formal basis through our 360-degree appraisal process. In each of their four seats, trainees receive a mid-seat review and an end of seat appraisal.
Trainees are required to undertake the Professional Skills Course (PSC) during their period of recognised training. The PSC develops the professional skills of a trainee before they qualify as a solicitor. The PSC consists of three compulsory modules as well as elective elements. While each module has its own method of assessment, a course provider is with the trainees throughout their assessment, providing expert teaching, support and guidance.