CMS Academy- Vacation Scheme at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Aberdeen Scotland
Review Date
£24,000 - £25,999
Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law


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About You

Role Description

One week in London, learning the business of law, then two weeks in a regional office, undertakign a legal placement.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the work I did- I was asked to complete many legal tasks that were new to me. However, I would have liked to have been given more of these; as it was summer holiday season, many staff were off and there was not a lot of work to help out with.


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

Everyone that I met within the firm made me feel welcome and valued. The grad rec team's communication and socials made me feel properly integrated and helped pull together the vacation scheme students as a team.


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

The buddy system for the vacation scheme was well thought out and very helpful to have an approachable mentor. All the lawyers on my floor were keen to help me out and give me things to work on whenever possible.


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

I believe that the skills that I have learned at CMS will help me understand my university modules better and have a clearer insight when selecting future subjects. It has given me a well-rounded understanding of life in a commercial law firm, that I can take with me into the start of my career.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was well structured, with a number of meetings and socials to break up the weeks. I was given short tasks as well as logner tasks to continue with in the background. I appreciated grad rec touching base every few days really helped achieve this.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Welcoming and friendly- but quiet, as many people were on holiday. However, this perhaps made it a little less daunting! Definitely took away the stigma of law firms being very rigid and daunting work environment.


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

I felt that the company wanted to train us in the long term: they let us know what CMS could do for us as trainees, NQs, all the way to partner.


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?

Working closely with current trainees gave me the insight and information required to make the decision whether to pursue a career in commercial law, and a traineeship.


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

I believe that now have a high understanding of company culture at CMS- this was particularly helped by the talks, panels and activities durign the London week, as well as just networking iwth people within the firm over lunch.


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

Extremely valuable- I was given legal work that I did not expect to be undertakign at this stage, which was a very positive experience.


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

I was very impressed at the financial support that I recieved for flights and accomodation when I had interviews and during the week in London-even the open day! I haven't heard of other firms that have done so much.

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

Being in a regional office, I got to meet pretty much everyone in the office, and I felt comfortbale three very quickly. I appreciated the day, during the week in London, where Lawyers from the regional offices came to a networkign lunch.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Very good- I am glad that we had a social during the weeks in our regional offices, however, one more free night during the London week could have helped us relax more.


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

Yes, I am particularly keen to find out mroe about the football team and the annual trip.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would defintiely recommend the vacation scheme to a friend, at any stage during the end of their university career.