CMS Academy- Business of Law week (London) followed by two weeks working in the firm's Glasgow office.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were numerous opportunities for networking both in London and Glasgow. These were very well organised and very beneficial.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed my week and it confirmed that I would enjoy a career at CMS.