CMS UK Trainee Recruitment

Opportunities at CMS

Bristol, Sheffield, London, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh
£43,000 (London), £38,000 (Bristol), £25,000 (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow), £27,000 (Sheffield)
29 Jun 2018
29 Jun 2019
Full Time
Experience Level

Company Profile:

CMS is a future-facing law firm combining top quality sector expertise with international scale and a strategy to become a progressive technology-driven firm.  The firm focuses on delivering rewarding futures for its clients, its communities and its people.  

The culture at CMS is open, honest and approachable and it values innovation, collaboration and inclusivity.  And there is great momentum; employing more than 4,500 fee earners worldwide and with a total staff of 7,500, it creates exceptional relationships with clients and staff.  This means it is looking for lawyers who possess excellent personal skills alongside a deep understanding of the business of law. In return, CMS offers world-class training and development opportunities, genuine recognition and inspiring work.

Across its six core sectors of Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Real Estate and Technology, Media & Communications, CMS has some of the most creative legal minds.  Its lawyers are immersed in the clients’ worlds, are genuine experts in their fields and are knowledgeable about business issues faced daily by organisations.

Training contracts:

Upon starting a training contract with CMS, 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.

Vacation schemes:

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.

CMS 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 presentation 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:

Application Expiry Date: 4th January 2019

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