Vacation scheme student at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Greater London
Review Date
£24,000 - £25,999


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The first 'business of law' week was a great opportunity to learn more about how business and law are so interconnected, go on client visits and hear from speakers from other industries who are impacted by the legal market. The second and third weeks were structured as a typical vacation scheme. Spending two weeks in the same department allowed me to develop good relationships with people in the team and get fully involved with live matters. I felt like the training and sessions from the first week were beneficial during the rest of the vacation scheme.


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

I felt like a member of the team. I was respected by those around me and made to feel very welcome.


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

I had daily catch ups with my supervisor, where I received valuable feedback on my work and could ask any questions I had about the firm, the work or life as a lawyer generally. The graduate recruitment team were extremely supportive during the scheme. I felt comfortable approaching them when I required guidance.


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

I have developed my practical legal skils over a short space of time by being involved with live matters and experiencing tight deadlines. I am sure this will prove very useful during the rest of my studies and beyond.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The first week was very well structured in terms of the training sessions and activites that were planned for us each day. The last two weeks were less structured, however this was appropriate considering we were immersed in a real working environment.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

My impression of the firm is very positive. The people are friendly and were welcoming from the start. The social events planned for us in the evening were fun and showed that a good work/life balance is important to the firm.


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

During the first week, we received a good amount of personal training and development sessions and it was definitely felt that the firm made a huge invesment in us.


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?

I believe I have gained a realisitic insight into life at the firm as I was sat in the open plan office amongst employees and was involved in live matters.


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

I feel like I gained a good insight into the firm's culture as I had the opportunity to meet many people who I got on with well.


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

I was given typical trainee tasks to complete, which gave me more of an idea of life as a trainee solicitor. This definitely helped me understand what is required of a trainee solicitor.


Other Information

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

I was paid a good amount for attending the scheme.

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

We had various social events in the evenings which presented many opportunities to meet people from all levels of the firm - from partners to trainees.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The social events were varied and a great way to meet the vac schemers and get to know them well.


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

We had the chance to attend a dinner with the firm's pro bono clients where we found out how the firm benefits them and how strong relationships have been built.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes definitely, it was both enjoyable and challenging which is what I wanted out of a vacation scheme.