Trainee Solicitor at CMS

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Central London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£30,000+
Roles
Legal/Law

10.0/10

About You
10.0
The Organisation
10.0
Everything Else

10.0

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

An incredible insight into the firm's operations, with client contact and challenging work through the placement itself.

10/10

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

We were made to feel extremely valued by the firm's representatives, and Georgie, Jen and the rest of the ETA team were so friendly all throughout the process!

10/10

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

The ETA team were on hand throughout the placement, with regular formal and informal check ins to see how we were getting along and if we had any questions/concerns.

10/10

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

The amount of knowledge, both of the general aspects of the firm and the specific legal knowledge relevant to the cases I was working on, was staggering - I felt that I came away from the internship having picked up invaluable knowledge and insight which will help me through my legal career.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The structure was unique - both in its make up and in its effectiveness in engaging us as participants with life at the firm. The Business of Law week was one of the most intense but rewarding weeks of my life, with a multitude of tasks designed to challenge and push us to be the best we could be.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The 'collaborative not competitive' atmosphere which CMS claimed they were aiming for when I was offered a place on the Academy, was more than met. I felt that I made genuine connections with fellow participants of the scheme, despite both the short duration and the intensity of the scrutiny.

10/10

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

The investment from the firm was undoubtedly impressive, with neuroscientists and Harvard Law professors featuring on panels through the week.

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?

I was effectively a member of the team for the two weeks I was there, trusted to complete tasks independently and to attend court with the partner.

10/10

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

The exposure to the team over two weeks helped illuminate the culture of the department, and cross-departmental events almost daily helped expand that to the firm.

10/10

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

It effectively did - I am now as motivated as ever in pursuing a career with CMS as a result of my experience.

10/10

Other Information

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

We were paid a decent wage as well as being reimbursed travelling expenses incurred.

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

We were provided with networking opportunities from a range of people at the firm, from CEO to paralegals.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There was a significant emphasis on enjoying the experience of the Academy, as well as working hard - the firm provided us with function-like three course meals throughout the first week of the Academy!

10/10

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

Absolutely, there were ample opportunities to chat to the team in CR to hear about pro bono/volunteering opportunities available at the firm.

10/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I could not recommend this highly enough to a friend, as I felt that it was one of the most constructive experiences I've had the fortune of experiencing.

10/10