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It was a 4 day programme which gave opportunities to network with the firm and other participants. It provided an opportunity to learn more about the firm through Q&A sessions and presentations. Participants competed in a business simulation throughout the week in teams.
Attending coffee roulettes to network with the cohort, networked with trainee solicitors, associates and partners, understanding the operations and goals of CMS as a global, future-focusing law firm and working on various group tasks in skills workshops, business simulations and virtual escape room activity.
It started at 10 am. Every day, we would have 2 "coffee roulette" sessions to meet other First Steps participants. We met with partners and trainees at the firm. In the afternoons, we worked on a competitive business simulation game. Also, we played an escape room game and watched a magician.
I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual experience. Even more so, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of working with CMS. The virtual experience itself was extremely informative, very interactive, and really answered all of my questions regarding what CMS is like as a firm. On top of that, the amount of time spent on the organisaiton and updates for those partaking in the event, in the couple of months leading up to the virtual experience starting and even in the weeks after it had finished really enhanced the experience.
The virtual CMS Academy experience was incredibly engaging and well organised. I particularly enjoyed the interviews with clients and presentation by Duncan Weston on Lupl. Whilst it was certainly different from the traditional in-office vacation scheme, I felt that we were offered a great deal of support and an experience fit for the modern post-covid law firm.
I had an amazing time completing CMS' virtual Business of Law experience. There was opportunities throughout the four days to meet a range of people within the firm, from the senior partner, to trainees and everyone in between. I really appreciated the opportunity to meet such a broad range of people and have the chance to ask them questions about their experience. This, for me, was the best way to find out more about working within the firm. The organisers of the event were very approachable and attentive to our needs which made for a very positive and enjoyable experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the CMS Business of Law week which took place in July 2020. Even though the work placements which would originally take place were cancelled, I believe that the firm did the most that they could considering the circumstances and the volume of participants. The virtual experience was well-planned and we were given sufficient information in preparation for the experience in order to make the utmost out of the week-long internship.
Although virtual, there were numerous activities planned throughout the week; all of which were very enjoyable. Personally, I most enjoyed being able to take part in a real virtual client visit. It was admirable that CMS were able to organise this for 100+ participants, especially given the exceptional circumstances. Additionally, I had the opportunity to take part in a simulation activity, where, as a group, we had to manage the expectations for several stakeholders involved in the setting up of a hydro-electric power plant in south-east Asia.
I loved the virtual experience as I thought the range of activities I got to take part in were fantastic, especially considering the last minute move online. Much of what was planned for the 3 week in person placement was still included in the week online placement. Some of these activities included meeting with a client, presenting an innovation challenge, and taking part in a business simulation exercise. Everyone who was involved in making the experience happen were so friendly and couldn't offer enough help. The hosts were fantastic - very clear and engaging - and kept the week running smoothly.
A well planned event that responded well to new circumstances due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. A range of engaging activities with several experts in attendance. I was challenged (in a good way) to expand my knowledge. I knew more at the end of the week than I did at the beginning. I also feel that I was prompted to self-reflect and self-evaluate throughout the week which means I was aware of the skills I was developing throughout.
I very much enjoyed being part of the 2020 Virtual CMS Academy. The Early Talent Acquisition team were very dedicated to making sure everything ran smoothly despite the COVID-19 restrictions, and that we had all the necessary info for the programme to continue without being able to meet face to face. We had many opportunities to learn more about the firm from people at all levels of the firm and its position in the market, and to get to know other participants.
The week-long vacation scheme with CMS was very enjoyable and provided a good insight into the work and culture of the firm. Even if it was fully virtual, we were able to have meaningful conversations with people at the firm at all levels, from trainees to the CEO. The organisation also meant that no two days were the same as activities ranged from an extremely realistic simulation of a project deal to more social virtual networking with people at the firm.
I have to say I was initially concerned about doing the vacation scheme virtually, but was surprised by how well it went. CMS had made a real effort to keep things interesting and provide us with a variety of different content/ tasks throughout the week to keep things interesting. The frequent use of break out rooms meant that I did actually build relationships with the other participants. Overall, I enjoyed the scheme far more than I thought I would and gained a lot from it.
Overall the experience was interesting and the CMS team put in a lot of effort to make it as good as possible. However, the limited ability to interact with other participants was a let down. In addition, the nature of the Zoom made it hard to maintain focus for the whole day. The energiser exercises were a good idea but felt silly - I ended up doing pushups and pullups instead. Nonetheless it was a fun experience.