There was a lot put on the vac scheme and it felt like they had made a real effort to show us the firm and allow us to see what it was like from a the inside. I quite enjoyed spending the whole 2 week...
Vacation Scheme Student
CMS is a global, full service law firm with 60 plus offices in over 30 countries worldwide.
We are the second most global law firm and the largest in Europe, headquartered in the City of London in the UK with training locations also in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol. Opportunities abound for top quality training, global secondments and to work with sector specialists so that your career can thrive in our Global Elite Law firm.
Clients come to us for advice across all types of commercial law, including banking and finance, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment & pensions, energy and environment, intellectual property, private equity, public procurement, real estate and tax.
‘Your World First’ is our promise to our clients. This means we are client-centric, have world vision and are performance driven. We have over 3,200 lawyers who work in international teams, focusing on industry sectors. That means we always advise in the context of our clients’ business and market.
CMS First Steps
Spend a week in one of our UK offices enjoying skill sessions to teach you networking, commercial awareness, and negotiation skills. You'll tour our buildings and shadow trainees and discover what it is to be a modern lawyer.
To be eligible to take part in the CMS First Steps programme, you should be a first year law student or second year non-law student in England or Wales; a second year law student in Scotland; or a penultimate year student studying outside the UK.
CMS Academy Programme (our new generation vacation scheme)
The CMS Academy is our next generation vacation scheme. The combination of one-week of innovative leadership development training in our London office and a one-week internship at a UK office of your choice, it offers a unique launch pad for your career in law. You will gain real experience in a commercial environment and the skills you need to succeed as a trainee at a modern law firm.
When it comes to vacation schemes, the CMS Academy represents the pinnacle of personal and professional development – not to mention one of the largest investments of any law firm into nurturing a new generation of talent. You will meet with clients, network with lawyers at every level of the business, work on projects and debate with thought leaders in the legal and industry sectors.
To join the CMS Academy, you must be: a law student in your penultimate year or a non-law student in your final year in England or Wales; a law student in your penultimate year in Scotland; or a final year student studying outside the UK. Students who participate in our New York Programmes, International Student Interview Programme (ISIP) or Overseas-Trained LL.M. Interview Programme, hosted by the NYU School of Law and the Columbia Law School respectively, are also eligible for the CMS Academy.
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 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.
Energy Department Placement
Insight (< 4 Weeks)
Bachelor of Laws
A collegiate and incredibly friendly atmosphere combined with a fully exercised open-door policy created a very pleasurable work environment
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UCAS Points Required To Apply
2:1 (Two One)
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