CMS Academy intern at CMS

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

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9.4/10

About You
9.5
The Organisation
9.8
Everything Else

8.8

About You

Role Description

CMS Academy

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed this placement as it was insightful of the culture here at CMS. It balanced assigning interns a lot of responsibility and meaningful work with a strong support system (trainee buddy and supervisor).

There were a lot of social events to really get to know the culture of the firm.

9/10

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

To a high extent. The firm gave us lots of meaningful work and everyone was willing to offer us guidance and support.

We were also part of the CMS CSR initiatives and were actively encouraged to feel part of the team here at CMS. The Academy also features many events to CSR and pro bono.

9/10

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

There was a fair amount of support. CMS have open plan in all of their offices so it's really easy to ask anyone around you for help.

During the Academy, you have a trainee buddy and a supervisor but you may also be assigned work from other associates. All of whom are on hand to answer any questions.

10/10

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

Very much so - you are put within a department who are experts in their field. I never really had a chance to go to court of Companies House before CMS Academy.

You will learn so much within a short period of time and it's many skills which I have yet to encounter having not finished my LLB yet.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The Academy is split into 2 parts - the Business of Law week and a 2 week internship at a regional office.

Both aspects are incredibly well planned and CMS clearly put a lot of organisation into the placement including: guest speakers from all around the work, organising in-house client visits, CSR dinners and much more!

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

CMS prides itself with an open, collaborative and dynamic culture - having completed the Academy, they do exactly that.

The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming and does indeed feel like a place where everyone helps each other to succeed.

It was made clear that the Academy was not a competition, but rather to encourage ourselves to perform to the best of our own abilities.

One down side - hours can be long, but this is typical of any firm of this size and nature.

10/10

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

A huge extent. There are constantly CPD sessions and review sessions with the department/sector.

The business of law week in London is also a huge investment and is encouraging to see a firm put so much into the first week of the placement. There are many guest speakers and exciting events unique to CMS.

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 so. There is indeed a very open and collaborative culture here at CMS. The open plan office also really helps with this.

Everyone is willing to help you out and there are tonnes of support networks - CMS have dedicated professional support lawyers, legal support units and a facilities team.

10/10

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

Very much so. There is indeed a very open and collaborative culture here at CMS. The open plan office also really helps with this.

Everyone is willing to help you out and there are tonnes of support networks - CMS have dedicated professional support lawyers, legal support units and a facilities team.

10/10

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

Very much so. During the 2nd and 3rd weeks of Academy, you are in your regional office within a team. You really do get a feel for the type and quality of work the team and CMS a a whole carry out.

There is also quite a good work life balance, if it looked like I was running out of time, the trainee offered to share the workload so I could leave at a reasonable time!

9/10

Other Information

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

This included my flights to and from London for the first week as well as CMS paying my entire accommodation for the week in London.

They also reimburse and pay for accommodation for the CMS Academy open day held a few months before Academy to let the participants know each other before starting in July.

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

Absolutely, there were many social and networking events on throughout the 3 weeks in London and the regional offices.

Trainees took us to lunch, the early talent team also took us all to dinner, there was a dinner for the CSR initiatives and even drinks for us when we finished the Academy!

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

These were great and there were many chances to do these even prior to applying to Academy. These included the law fair, employer presentation and skill session.

CMS even managed to build a networking session with the trainees within the assessment centre day.

There are so many social events during the placement so you must keep your evenings free!

10/10

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

5/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Absolutely, it was an exhausting 3 weeks but such an incredible experience. There were so many activities that were unique to CMS and that CMS had clearly put a lot of thought and effort into creating.

I have never experienced a placement like the CMS Academy before and getting to go to London was just an absolute bonus!

10/10

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