CMS is an international law firm with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. We were delighted to be named Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 British Legal Awards. In the 21st century: business is changing faster, and so is law – and nowhere faster than CMS. We reject ‘old-fashioned’, we refuse ‘outdated’, and we embrace everything from new technologies to different ways of working globally. The only thing that is not new is our dedication to our clients and our people. Our people-focused approach attracts some of the world’s biggest organisations and the world’s best talent to our global elite corporate law firm – the sixth largest firm in the world with clients in over 40 countries from over 70 offices worldwide.
CMS trainee solicitors embark on a two-year training contract in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Upon starting a training contract, trainees complete a comprehensive induction programme. During the training contract, trainees undertake four six-month seats across various practice areas. There may be an opportunity to be seconded to one of the firm’s clients or to a UK or international office.
The CMS Academy is currently the main route to securing a Training Contract.
Internships & Placements
The CMS Academy is CMS’s next generation vacation scheme. It starts with a one week ‘business of law’ training programme in London. This includes panel discussions with clients, case studies, work simulation exercises and client visits amongst other things! It is an intense but fully rewarding week where students will experience first-hand the commitment from the firm to make them the best lawyer for the future. The second part of the programme includes a two-week internship within one of their UK offices and participants gain real experience in a commercial environment and develop skills needed to succeed as a trainee solicitor. We also offer a First Steps programme, providing an introduction to commercial law and what it is like to work in a global law firm. This one-week programme offers an introduction to CMS, skills sessions and an opportunity to shadow our fee earners. A case study and social events will both enhance your technical skills, interpersonal skills and networking skills. Participants gain real experience in a commercial environment and develop skills needed to succeed as a trainee solicitor at a future-facing law firm. Eligibility criteria for both programmes can be found on our website: www.graduates.cms-cmno.com.
Further information to follow.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
Salary: ― £20,000 per annum (London); £16,000 per annum (Bristol and Manchester). You can also look forward to generous benefits such as: ― 25 days’ flexible annual leave ― Pension scheme ― Interest-free season ticket loan ― Private medical insurance ― Critical illness insurance ― Income protection insurance ― Life assurance ― Employee referral scheme ― Membership fees to professional organisations ― Restaurant facilities ― Study assistance
Varies depending on roles.
How To Apply
Please apply here