Student at CMS

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Corporate Law Legal/Law


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The first week particularly interesting.The sector group presentations were great as well and the socials were a fantastic way of getting to know people from the other offices. Also brekafasts in the morning were a really nice touch. Might be worth having 2 seats for the 2 weeks to give students an option to explore more departments.


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

All of my supervisors took time to explain what not only the task but also the context in which it fits in and the legal background. I received work not just from my senior asspcoate supervisor and trainee budies, but also other lawyers which I especially appreciated. Majority of the work was part of a life deal, which did make a feel like a valued team member.


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

The guidiance and support I have received was great. My supervisors took time to explain the factual and legal background of the tasks and would give me feedback on my work in the few following days. I especially appreciated that when I expressed an interest in a practice area, I was immediately director to people that could give me guidiance and further reading/.


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

Both parts of the internship were very useful in terms of the skills they have provided. During the first week I have strenghtened importnat soft skills such as public speaking, team work and analysing new information. During the second and third weeks I sat in Insolvency and Restructuring which will be extremwely useful for next year when I will take Law of Corporate Inasolvency as one of my modules.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The first week was very well organised, a lot of work evidently went into the scheme and the amount of activities and talks that the organisers managed to fit into the week was impressive. However, in comparison the other two weeks had less social activities and perhaps having a few more socials during the next two weeks or another panel discussion would be nice.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmospherte during the internship was good. Participants and organisers were passioante about the programme and that defiintely came through. Colleagues in my departmetns are generally outgoing and friendly, which makes working days really enjoyable. The open space of the floors make the place always seem busy and full of people which for me sparked a sense of adrenaline.


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


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?

Sitting two weeks in one departement has definitely given me a good insight into the working culture and style in the departments. The first week gave me a very good idea about the working culture of the firm and its value. Throughout the socials and the first week we were given an opportunity to network with fim employees of differnt seniority which was also very helpful.


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

Throughout the three weeks I felt like I have understood the culture of the firm very well. Meeting a lot of employees was particulary helpful. The time we have spent in our departements was long enough for us to gain a good understanding about the work and the culture of the specific departement, but that could be very much department specific.


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

The first week had a lot of activities and panels which provided a great insight into what it is like to be a lawyer in a corporate law firm. One of the most useful activities was the client visit and online simulation. The other two weeks were very helpful in terms of understnaidn the trainee tasks in the Banking and Finance departement.


Other Information

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

The pay seemed reasonable.

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


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There were plenty of social activities, especially during the first week. Just given the nature of the programme just talking to differnt people on the tables during the first week seemed like a nice way to infiormally and naturally iteract with other participants on the course. Both of the dinners provided were great as well in terms of social/networking value and the food itself.


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


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely, it is a great opportunity to undrestand what workingt in a law firm is like and how CMS is different to other law firms as well.