CMS Academy Participant at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Glasgow Scotland
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000
Property Law


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About You

Role Description

CMS Academy- Business of Law week (London) followed by two weeks working in the firm's Glasgow office.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the CMS Academy. The Business of Law week was invaluable in terms of helping me to understand what clients are looking for in the delivery of legal services, and how to be successful. A particular highlight was the opportunity to meet two of CMS' clients and learn about how the firm meets their business needs.


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

I was made to feel very welcome, and was given proper tasks to do during the two-week internship. I did tasks for a number of different people, which was great as I was exposed to lots of different types of work. Everybody in my team was friendly, and I was not afraid to ask questions or ask for further clarification.


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

All of my tasks were fully explained to me, but if I ever did need further clarification, my supervisors were friendly and willing to help me.


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

I have been able to develop a number of soft skills, including time management, proo-reading and the ability to work on several tasks at the same time. These will stand me in good stead for the future.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The Business of Law week was excellent in that it was very structured and well executed, from the Future of Law panel to the pro bono dinner with clients. I really enjoyed the two-week internship because I always had plenty to do.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

CMS has a really lovely working environment, where everybody is happy to help one another and gets on well with each other. I found that I did not mind staying late to get tasks done at all, because the people around me were so friendly.


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

CMS had clearly heavily invested in the Business of Law week. This was reflected in the talks from external providers, the dinner with pro bono clients, and the chef's cooking challenge at a cookery school in London amongst other things.


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?

The opportunity to spend two weeks in the firm's Glasgow office was invaluable and confirmed my decision that I would accept a TC offer if given one.


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

Spending two weeks with the firm was invaluable, but more than that, the conference calls with the international offices really helped me understand how all of the individual brances unite under the very successful CMS branding.


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

Spending two weeks with the firm, and getting stuck into every day tasks proved very valuable in helping me to decide on my future career path.


Other Information

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

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

There were numerous opportunities for networking both in London and Glasgow. These were very well organised and very beneficial.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking and social event opportunities were really enjoyable and hugely beneficial in that I was able to meet a variety of people, at all stages in their career at CMS.


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

CMS has lots of inititives for employees outside of work, just one of which is an annual football world cup between all the offices, which is being held in Amsterdam this year.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I really enjoyed my week and it confirmed that I would enjoy a career at CMS.