Vacation student at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
£18,000 - £19,999
Commercial Law Journalism Legal/Law Science/Research


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

A lot of great opportunities to experience the legal work and to network.


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

The graduate recruitment teams were nice and accomodated the vac schemer's very well. Within the departments it depended on invidual supervisors - some were simply to busy to care too much about vac schemers, which is understandable.


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

All the lawyers were very helpful and I never felt completely lost.


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

A lot of industry knowledge. Not really applicable to me as I sat in a contentious seat and it will only apply if I qualify into a similar one.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Quite well structured, can't really say anything negative about it.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I very much preferred the actual internship to the business development part - which although fun felt a little bit forced at times.


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

The firm supported my visa applications, was ready to cover my travel and accomodation expenses and spent quite a bit of money (I imagine) on development and socials.


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 still different from the actual job but I don't think any internship can achieve this.


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

No comment


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

It confirmed the seat and practice area I want to specialise and qualify into.


Other Information

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

No comment

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

Quite a lot of those actually but I still wish there was more involvment within individual deparments on more formal level.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Work took precedence over them for me - but there were plenty opportunities for those who were more networking-oriented.


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

Not applicable


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?