Vacation Scheme Student at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Review Date


About You
The Company
Everything Else

Role Description

The first week was an insight into the business of law, based in London. The second and third week were in Edinburgh, where I sat with the projects team.

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was a very enjoyable internship with a good amount of exposure. There was a great balance between the business focus and getting to know the firm in addition to the legal work we were given.
4 /5

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

I was given a good amount of responsibility, and was even encouraged to send some items out in my name. Everyone was very friendly throughout the experience, and always willing to sit down with me to discuss my work.
4 /5

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

There was a lot of support throughout the entire process. I was always encouraged to ask questions and ask for help if needed, and was given thorough feedback on the assignments completed.
5 /5

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

The feedback I was given throughout the placement was related to the skills involved in drafting, researching and legal work generally. The skills developed through this can easily be applied in studies and other work environments.
4 /5

The Company

5. How well structured was the insight?

The first week was business focused, and was very well structured in that each day was planned out almost to the minute. The second and third weeks were more flexible as it was dependent on the team in which you were sitting.
4 /5

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

There was an extremely friendly and collaborative atmosphere across the insight. Everyone was willing to help out, or even just sit down to chat, which made for a supportive environment.
5 /5

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

There was a great amount of time and resources invested in the students on the scheme. We were given several opportunities for feedback across the programme, and exposed to a variety of work and clients.
5 /5

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 was useful in providing an overview of what a full time role with the firm entails, however due to the brevity of the scheme, it was difficult to get involved in long term projects.
4 /5

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

It was very useful to have time in two different offices (London and Edinburgh). Thorugh this it was clear that the company culture is consistent over the different offices, and having the chance to speak and work with people in both areas allowed me to see how collegiate the culture is.
4 /5

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

The programme was held across three weeks, which was very useful in determinign future career paths. It provided a good insight into the type of work the legal sector does as well as a feel of the culture.
4 /5

Everything Else

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

Travel expenses to and from London were reimbursed (for those not based in the city) and we were also given a fixed weekly salary.

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

There were plenty of opportunities for networking. This was done by working with different employees throughout the scheme, but also through dinners and drinks organised by the firm
4 /5

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The opportunities were varied across the different offices, but overall a lot of effort was put into the events to ensure that we had the chance to speak with members of the firm at all different levels, as well as get an insight into the firm's external activities such as CSR.
4 /5

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

We were given the chance to meet with some of the charities the firm works with, and were able to gain some insight into other activities by speaking with employees. However, this was not a large focus throughout the programme.
3 /5

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

It has been a great experience and has given me excellent inside into the legal and commercial aspects of the firm.
5 /5