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Norton Rose Fulbright

1301 McKinney St.
Suite 5100
Houston, TX 77010-3095
(713) 651-5151



Norton Rose Fulbright hires attorneys who mesh with its kind, social culture. New leadership has made some recent, well-received changes, including expanded diversity and wellness initiatives, a new training platform, and heightened transparency. With offices in over 50 cities worldwide, Norton Rose Fulbright is a global firm with a diversity of work and a noteworthy presence in the renewable energy sphere.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2023)

3K - 3.5K


No. of Partners Named (2023)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2023)



No. of Summer Associates (2023)

63 total (0 3Ls; 47 2Ls; 16 1Ls)


Base Salary

California; New York; Texas; Washington, DC, Chicago, IL:

Vault Verdict

Norton Rose Fulbright has gone through a lot of changes in its extensive history, and it’s still a prime landing spot for associates. Recruiting focuses on academic achievement, top law schools, experience, diversity, and an interest in international matters. Firm settings are comfortable, friendly, and inclusive, and associates enjoy excellent relations with partners, who welcome questions and care about associate growth. Formal training is extensive, and associates are assigned mentors, but the greater benefit comes from open doors and hands-on guidance. Lateral hires feel that onboarding is exceptional, with training and regular check-ins. Challenging work comes early, though some associates feel pigeonholed with tasks for which they’ve already demonstrated competence. This imp...

About the Firm

With more than 800 lawyers based in the U.S. and another 3,000 around the globe, Norton Rose Fulbright is a legal force. The firm has dozens of offices across six continents and is particularly well known for its energy practice.

Teaming Up to Go Global

Norton Rose Fulbright is the product of some of the last decade’s largest law firm combinations, but the legacy firms each had a long history before the recent mergers. U.K.-based Norton Rose traces its history to the late 1700s, when attorney Robert Charsley hung out his shingle in London. Over the years, the firm expanded through organic growth and combinations to become one of the ten largest firms in the world by 2012. 

Meanwhile, in the United States, R.C. Fulbright founded a firm in Houston in 1919 and was j...

Associate Reviews

  • “The culture here is very friendly and cohesive. I feel very comfortable around all of the attorneys here, associates, and partners. I wouldn't hesitate to reach out to any attorney for guidance on an assignment, or for practice advice. The attorneys here treat the staff as valued members of the team. The firm sponsors events regularly, and the attorneys here get together for lunch and happy hour of their own volition often.”
  • “We have an inclusive and fun culture—everyone likes each other, and likes spending time with one another. People are busy, but make time to go to lunch together, check in with each other, and get together socially. Group lunches and happy hours (both firm sponsored and lawyer initiated) are frequent.”
  • “NRF has a wonderful work culture, with highly professional individuals who are kind, understanding, and friendly. The firm hosts events in the large conference center for socializing about once a month for various reasons/causes. The day-to-day atmosphere is comfortable, as most people at NRF are kind and friendly.”
  • “Everything is as good as it gets. People are great and care about you, as well as friendly. We have regular get-togethers, and are close enough with each other to invite each other to our weddings and other special events.”

Why Work Here

Diversity at Norton Rose Fulbright

"Diversity Program Highlights Norton Rose Fulbright believes that actions speak louder than words. We continuously strive to make a difference to help shape the future in a way that provides economic and social benefits to all. Across our 50 plus offices around the world, our differences are what make us stronger in creating an inclusive environment where everyone can bring their whole self to work and realize their career potential. Working together with over 50 partnerships, we are committed to advancing diversity at the Firm..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “As with any firm, law school grades matter. The firm recruits from top schools, and schools local to the office areas. However, the firm is really concerned about whether candidates will fit in well with the firm culture. We are given interview training, and the firm encourages associates to participate in recruiting and interviewing.”
  • “Firm is looking for grades, journal experience or clerkship, prior work experience, diversity, cultural awareness, interest in international affairs/development (due to being such an international firm), and drive. The firm is located in different parts of the U.S., so there is no exact feeder school. …”
  • “I believe the firm tends to look for a well-rounded candidate (not just grades, but someone who has some prior work experience, or can bring a diverse perspective/background to the table). The firm does have guidelines to follow for those interviewing candidates.”
  • “Our recruiting professionals are the best in the industry. From interviews to the summer program, our recruiting teams run a smooth and successful process that is tailored towards bringing in people who are well suited to the inclusive and diverse while still tight-knit culture that we have. Important factors include leadership attributes, and team mindedness.”

Perks & Benefits

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