Vacation Scheme Student at CMS

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


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About You

Role Description

Taking part in an academy programme as part of a 3 week assessment by the firm

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Very much so. There was a wide range of events and activity whihc took place during the scheme, ranging from the London academy week, to working in a regional office for another 2 weeks. People were extrememly frinedly and everyone made frineds. It was an all round very rewarding experience, providing a good mix of professional development as well as allowing an insight into life at the firm.


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

The focus was on the summer students entirely for most of the week. Feelign that it was very much about us in London. Evening events re-enforced this. At my regional office I was given good work and others from all levels of the firm made me feel included in what was going on.


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

Lots of guidance both from the resource team as well as Partners and Senior associates all the way to trainees. Everyone was approachable and I never felt I couldn't ask for help when needed.


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

Learning how to work to tight deadlines, personally managing various tasks and cases in a diary, and the experience of collaborating with peers will be helpful moving forward in terms of managing university deadlines and beyond that when employment begins.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well structured. Clear defined schedule for everyone. It was easy to understand what the focus was for each part of the programme. It ran like clockwork.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

positive, friendly, exciting almost all of the time!


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

The investment was huge. A lot of planning clearly went into the programme. The firm went to significant effort and expense to deliver a great experience to everyone involved. We felt valued and important to the firm. This included training and talks from business leaders from around the world, intense teamwork exercises, and executive level business traning. The opportunity to meet some of the firms clients was a stand out part of traning and development experience.


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?

Allowed me to assess day to day life as it would be short term, but also provided an insight into the great opportunities that exists within the firm long term.


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

Very much so. The focus on social events in the evening allowed for more relaxed interaction with those at the firm where real honest conversations could take place. The culture is evident and permeates through almost every level at the firm. The culture is modern, forward looking, friendly, professional and hard working.


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

Very helpful. Hands on experience in day to day work really helped gain nisight into the realities of a role in the firm.


Other Information

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

Paid and reimbursed reasonable travel expenses.

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

Yes, evening events and socials allowed for this, as did the various group discussions in which employees took part.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Excellent, as above, evening events were planned in the programme and they were all excellent!


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

Not so much, but perhaps that's because I didn't ask much about that.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, 100%