Vacation Scheme at CMS

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


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

Role Description

2 Week placement. Spent in one department in the firm, there is oppertunities to get involved with other parts of the firm. Also good social events. Your main role is to learn about the firm and the sector, but you do get real work to do such as research and proof reading.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

There was a lot put on the vac scheme and it felt like they had made a real effort to show us the firm and allow us to see what it was like from a the inside. I quite enjoyed spending the whole 2 weeks in one department which is quite unusual


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

The people were especially nice, they made me feel very welcome and did not mind answering questions as I went through the scheme. I felt like I was doing actual work for a lot of the time.


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

The firm did a lot to guide you through the whole process. By having both a buddy and a supervisor who were in your departmnet you felt like you always had some one you could talk to and were able to ask for work from.


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

Although I have already finished my studies this helped me see the sector I was working in well. People at the firm were happy to take time out of their day to show things to you and explain situations. They also allowed me to go to court and took me on a tour of Lloyds which was great.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The grad rec team did a brillitant job to make evrerything run smoothly. The events were on time and the talkers generally arrived on time. Which was very surprising to me.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I was in the open part of the firm and I realy enjoyed this, it allows you to talk to senior members of the firm without having to knock on their doors. There is also a lot more discussion going on and people talking about the cases, so you feel like you learn a lot.


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

There were a lot of talk from all members of the firm and you felt like they were genuinly trying to advertise the firm to you and help develop your career.


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 think this is very hard to get across in a 2 week placement. There is no way you can give the life of a trainee away in 2 weeks. But you got an insight into the type of work they do and how they interact with the other members of the team.


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

This is also very hard to get across. A lot of people would say how nice it is to work here and tell you how friendly people are. The people are very friendly, but the culture is ahrd because obviously they dont treat vac schemers in the same way as actual employees.


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


Other Information

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

I was given £250 per week. This covered costs but that was about it because I had to rent somewhere to stay and travel in.

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

There were talk given by members of the firm and you got to know trainees at the social events.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The social events were really good fun and planned well. There wasnt much of a feeling that you were being assessed either which is nice.


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

There seems to be a society for everything, there were oppertunities to gwet involved in CSR and lots of other events going on.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely. There is no reason not to, CMS is a masisve international law firm and if you want to work in that there is no good reason for not wanting to do the vac scheme here.