CMS Academy Vacation Student at CMS

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

9.3/10

About You
9.0
The Organisation
9.7
Everything Else

9.0

About You

Role Description

CMS Academy (Next Generation Vacation Scheme)

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The CMS Academy has been thoroughly enjoyable. The first week learning about the Business of Law was a valuable week but also very enjoyable, with a lot of team work and interactive opportunities. The second two weeks (the internship) have also been very enjoyable, as my team were very welcoming and supportive, allowing me to feel like part of the team. Additionally the socials that were organised for us have been a lot of fun, althought it would have been nice to have had at least one social during the second week rather than all of them in the first and third weeks.

9/10

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

My team gave me real work to get on with which meant that I felt that I was valued and really part of the team.

10/10

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

The trainees in particular gave me a lot of guidance and support - whenever I had any questions or queries they were happy to help. That said, my trainee buddy being in a different department made it difficult to ask him for guidance, I had to turn mostly to other trainees.

8/10

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

The last three weeks have been a steep learning curve, and everything that I have learnt I believe will serve me well in my future career as a lawyer. The Business of Law week was particularly informative and allowed me to get to know the firm well and learn about the changing landscape of law.

9/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The first week was very well structured which was good as it eased us in, although in comparison we received very little information about the second two weeks. I would have preferred to know which department I was spending my time in more ahead of time, rather than the Friday evening before I started.

8/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere has been great, all of the staff at CMS have been hugely helpful and kind.

10/10

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

The first week of the scheme was a steep learning curve where we received a lot of training. We learnt about the firm itself and about the wider world of law, as well as receiving insight into client relationships.

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?

Very much - I was exposed to a lot of work that a trainee would undertake which gave me a real insight as to what it would be like to work day to day with the firm.

10/10

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

Because of various social events ocurring in my department, I received an insight into the company culture which was particularly useful post-merger.

10/10

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

Very - because I received a real insight into the firm it gave me an idea as to whether or not it would be a good fit for me and vice versa.

10/10

Other Information

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

Yes.

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

Yes there were - particularly in the first week.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Very good - although as mentioned I would have preferref that there be more socials in the second week (the first week of the internship).

9/10

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

We were not given much insight into this, I wish we had been told sooner about sport opportunities particularly as I would have loved to get involved during my time here.

7/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes.

10/10