Mr at CMS

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


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

Role Description

First Steps

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The staff were approachable and sociable.

Team based work meant I had work to do throughout

Work itself was not that interesting


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

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.


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

Trainee went above and beyond what was expected.


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


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

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.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

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.


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

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.


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?

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.


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?

£350 for the week and my train tickets were paid for

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

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.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Again, no expenses were spared

- Induction on monday which led to cocktail making and a formal dinner.
- Then drinks farewell on the Friday


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

Yes, football every Monday and the firm also has a World Cup with its international offices.
- Also a hiking club on saturdays


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Even if you aren't looking to work at CMS, it provides an insight into an international law firm.