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CMS UK Trainee Recruitment

Training Contract/Vacation Schemes

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CMS UK Trainee Recruitment
03 October 2013
31 July 2015
Scotland / London (Central), London (Greater) / Bristol, City of Bristol
Practice Areas
Experience Level
Bristol £32,000, London £38,000 and Scotland £22,500

Further information

CMS UK forms part of a leading network of firms known as CMS. At CMS, we have 59 offices across 33 countries, with the most extensive footprint in Europe of any other firm.

We advise on a wide range of commercial transactions and issues, and have the expertise to understand clients’ needs and concerns, no matter what field they operate in. To ensure we continue to deliver an outstanding level of service, we’ve launched one of the legal sector's most comprehensive client feedback programmes – a move which has won us a number of prestigious awards.

We use this feedback to tailor our approach to helping clients. This has seen us adopt a sector approach that allows us to deliver industry-specific service and deep sector expertise. Working alongside our traditional practice group structure, industry focus groups enable us to build teams taking an industry, rather than a purely legal, perspective — something that we know our clients value highly.

Training Contracts: We offer two-year training contracts in London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. During this time you’ll undertake four seats across our broad range of practice areas, such as energy, intellectual property, corporate or EU competition.  Alongside this, you’re guaranteed to spend a seat outside of your “home” office – an exciting prospect. You might be seconded to one of our top clients based in London or Europe, or spend time in one of our international offices including Rio de Janeiro, Prague or Moscow.  

You’ll find that a training contract with us offers a great range of responsibility and interesting work. You’ll enjoy plenty of access to senior partners, as well as the autonomy and support you need to really grow and develop your talent.

Vacation Schemes: You can learn a lot about a law firm from brochures, websites and on-campus representatives. But nothing comes close to experiencing it first-hand. That’s what our vacation schemes are for.

You’ll spend two weeks in one of our practice areas, take part in workshops and attend eye-opening presentations. There’ll be work to do too. Typically, you’ll get involved in research, draft letters and research notes, and go to client meetings. There’s also the chance to build valuable relationships at social events. Plus you’ll have your own supervisor and buddy. If you like us and we’re impressed by you, it could well be the start of something great. We offer training contracts to many of our vacation schemers. Remuneration will be provided at £250 per week.

We run vacation schemes in our London offices during the spring and summer and in our Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow offices over the summer.

We recommend that you apply as a penultimate year law student or final year non-law student in London and Bristol and a penultimate year law student in Scotland, although we regularly have career changers and graduates on our schemes too.

To find out more and apply, please visit our website by clicking on the Apply Now button.

Opening and closing dates for applications:

Training Contract: London and Bristol – 1 November 2014 to 31 July 2015
Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow – 1 January 2015 to 11 October 2015
Vacation Schemes: All Locations – 1 November 2014 to 31 January 2015

CMS UK Trainee Recruitment

We’re the leading European organisation of law firms, with more offices in Europe than any of our direct competitors.