Training Contract/Vacation Schemes
59 offices. 33 countries. World-class training from law’s top 10 global elite. Welcome to the modern law firm. Welcome to CMS.
Based in one of our five UK locations, you’ll discover what life can be when you train with some of the best minds in the legal sphere. Our scope is modern and ambitious: employing more than 3000 legal professionals around the world, we attract big-name clients, landmark deals, and multi-jurisdictional cases.
But our work is about more than just headlines. We devote our time and our effort to creating great relationships, both with our clients and with our staff. We’re interested in being people; not machines. We employ approachable, affable staff who speak up about the things that matter - whatever their background, whatever their position at the firm. We support them to be great human beings as well as great lawyers, and our clients love us for it.
With CMS, you’ll embark on a two-year training contract in London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow. During that time, you’ll take on four seats across our practice areas - from Intellectual Property to EU Competition - and you’ll find loads of responsibility within high-profile projects. You’ll also take on a guaranteed secondment, which might see you work with one of our top UK clients, or in our international offices, from Rio De Janeiro to Beijing.
As you progress through the firm, you’ll find dedicated support and advice from your supervisor. They’ll be there at every step, to take an active interest in your development, and to help you plan your career at CMS.
When it comes to deciding which firm is right for you, there’s no better insight than a vacation scheme. With CMS, you’ll spend two weeks in one of our practice areas, where you’ll contribute to major projects, attend workshops and presentations, and learn from leading legal minds. Moreover, you’ll get a sense for the firm’s culture, with social events and networking, as well as support from your supervisor and your allocated buddy.
Vacation schemes run during the summer months in London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. If you’re a first year looking for an early experience of life in the modern law firm, you can attend our CMS First Steps Insight Programme in the London office.
If you’re applying during your studies, then we recommend that you apply in either the penultimate year of your Law degree, or the final year of a non-Law degree. The vacation scheme also regularly accepts career changers and graduates.
To find out more and apply, please visit our website by clicking on the Apply Now button.