Summer Vacation Scheme Student at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Edinburgh Scotland
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000
Property/Real Estate


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The Insight was definitely what it says on the tin - an invaluable insight into the world of commercial law! To observe the daily business of such a huge firm has confirmed that this is what I want to do in the future!


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

From day one, I was made to feel so welcome. Every piece of work that I submitted was appreciated and valued. The dynamic culture of the firm was defintiely portrayed during my placement.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

Every member of my team were extremely down to earth and open to any queries I had. I did not once feel apprehensive to ask any 'silly questions'. Feedback was given on all of my work and any constructive criticism I received, I was sure to take on board.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I was lucky enough to immerse myself in some free-hand drafting which put some of my degree knowledge to good use. Additionally, I learned a lot of new content and that one of the most required qualities of a solicitor is attention to detail.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was very well structured, with many opportunities throughout. There were lots of chances for all of the summer vacation scheme students to get together and everything was planned down to a tee.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Friendly, welcoming and hard-working! The culture of the firm was very appealing to me and the general ambience was a contributory factor.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

One thing I noticed was thatthere was a very tight trainee bond within the firm. The trainees do a lot of social gatherings together.
Additionally, there are many networking events with clients and secondment opportunities.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

CMS Cameron McKenna is very big on the Corporate Social Responsibility side of things, so it was interesting too see what sort of things employees engaged in to support their chosen charity, War Child. From Pay Day Sweets, to CMS World Cup, the opportunities sound endless.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?