The staff were approachable and sociable.
Team based work meant I had work to do throughout
Work itself was not that interesting
The firm invested a lot of money into the students. Through the induction day, lunches and drinks evening.
The firm also invested a lot of time into the students. Through networking opportunities throughout the week, with partners as well as trainees.
Trainee I was shadowing ensured I always had work to do.
Trainee went above and beyond what was expected.
The insight itself was very well structured etc, with there being events on daily.
The assessment process is not structured however, your references may be done by trainees or associates, which arguably places on student in a more favourable position than the other.
I never expected to enjoy the scheme, but I did. The employees at CMS, ranging from Graduate Recruitment to senior partners are all very approachable, and above all, actually interesting people.
Provided an expert in communications and negotiations to lead a workshop on the first day. Typically these 'experts' just repeat the obvious, but the individual provided by CMS actually made valuable points.
It is difficult to get a feel for what working in a commercial law firm is like through a 5 day insight. Plus all the different teams work differently, so one department does not portray what the whole firm is like.
£350 for the week and my train tickets were paid for
Yes, every opportunity graduate recruitment had to fit in networking events they did so. Further, given the friendliness of the employees, even going to photocopy something provided an opportunity to network and meet employees from different departments.
Again, no expenses were spared
- Induction on monday which led to cocktail making and a formal dinner.
- Then drinks farewell on the Friday
Yes, football every Monday and the firm also has a World Cup with its international offices.
- Also a hiking club on saturdays
Even if you aren't looking to work at CMS, it provides an insight into an international law firm.