Academy Student at CMS

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Corporate Law Legal/Law

9.4/10

About You
8.5
The Organisation
9.8
Everything Else

9.8

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The insight that CMS offers to the firm and the legal industry as a whole is second to none. Immediately you are aware of the investment that they are making in you as a future trainee, and you will leave CMS not only with a better understanding of the firm, but the potential to be a better lawyer.

9/10

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

Due to the efforts that were contributed to the scheme, the firm makes you feel welcome and valued from the very first day. I also found that the Associates and Trainees that I worked with were kind and eager to teach. This helped make us feel like a contributing member of the firm - despite the very limited value we actually had to contribute!!

9/10

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

With regards to the wider team, I was offered a huge array of guidance and support. The only criticism I would offer would be directed at my supervisor who refrained from giving any positive feedback, and instead appeared to have huge expectations placed on a vac scheme student. Although this would be a great thing under normal circumstances, it can feel quite disheartening when you're aware that all of your work is contributing to a job offer. I also found this confusing when given positive feedback by everyone else. However, like I said, under normal circumstances, this kind of feedback can be hugely valuable.

6/10

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

By simple virtue of working in a law firm, you immediately absorb a huge ampount of information and skills that you can take with you in the future. Having never worked in corporate before, I found that I absolutely loved the kind of work that corporate involved and that it played well into my strengths. I hope to return to a corporate department in the future.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The scheme was fantastically structured with a clear itinerary of insight. The first week was structured around an "Academy", whereby we received seminars and lectures on various aspects of CMS as a business, and the legal industry as a whole. We were also invited along to client meetings and industry insight meetings - I cannot stress enough the high value of such insight.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Engaging, intellectually stimulating, welcoming, and encouraging.

9/10

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

10/10

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?

10/10

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

10/10

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

10/10

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?

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

9/10

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

10/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

10/10