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Vacancies: 80
Trainees: 150
Partners: 250
Staff: 5500
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 80
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: London - £40,000; Bristol - £32,000; Scotland - £22,500

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to CMS.

Application details and method of selection

Please apply online by 1 May 2016. Non-law students should apply at any time during their final year. Law students should apply after their penultimate-year results.

Firm description and career prospects

59 offices. 33 countries. World-class training from law's top 10 global elite. Welcome to the modern law firm. Welcome to CMS.

Based in one of our five UK locations, you'll discover what life can be when you train with some of the best minds in the legal sphere. Our scope is modern and ambitious: employing more than 3,000 legal professionals around the world, we attract big-name clients, landmark deals, and multi-jurisdictional cases.

But our work is about more than just headlines. We devote our time and our effort to creating great relationships, both with our clients and with our staff. We're interested in being people; not machines. We employ approachable, affable staff who speak up about the things that matter - whatever their background, whatever their position at the firm. We support them to be great human beings as well as great lawyers, and our clients love us for it.

To find out what it is like to work at CMS read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.


From the moment you're offered a training contract with us, you can expect support, opportunity, responsibility and variety. We'll sponsor you while you study for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and/or the Legal Practice Course (LPC), as well as cover your fees and provide you with a generous grant.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Work placements

When it comes to deciding which firm is right for you, there's no better insight than a vacation scheme. With CMS, you'll spend two weeks in one of our practice areas, where you'll contribute to major projects, attend workshops and presentations, and learn from leading legal minds. Moreover, you'll get a sense for the firm's culture, with social events and networking, as well as support from your supervisor and your allocated buddy.

Vacation schemes run during the summer months in London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. If you're a first year looking for an early experience of life in the modern law firm, you can attend our CMS first steps insight programme in the London office.

If you're applying during your studies, then we recommend that you apply in either the penultimate year of your law degree, or the final year of a non-law degree. The vacation scheme also regularly accepts career changers and graduates.

Training contract programme

With CMS, you'll embark on a two-year training contract in London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow. During that time, you'll take on four seats across our practice areas - from intellectual property to EU competition - and you'll find loads of responsibility within high-profile projects. You'll also take on a guaranteed secondment, which might see you work with one of our top UK clients, or in our international offices, from Rio De Janeiro to Beijing.

As you progress through the firm, you'll find dedicated support and advice from your supervisor. They'll be there at every step, to take an active interest in your development, and to help you plan your career at CMS.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial

Work areas


London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow

Probono initiatives

A4ID, Disability Law Service, LawWorks, PILnet (public interest law), The Manuel Bravo Project, The National Pro Bono Centre, The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau

Diversity access schemes

AccessProfessions, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, PRIME, Pure Potential


Turnover: £679,300,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £465,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £40,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 1,000 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 82% (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 74.8% male (2012)
  • 25.2% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 42.6% male (2012)
  • 57.4% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Retail outlets
Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Dubai
  • Mexico City
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Prague
  • Shanghai
  • Sofia
  • Vienna


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Featured Lawyers


Aaron Fairhirst

University of Manchester

Never underestimate how important it is to find a firm that employs people that you are going to get on with on a personal level. This worked for me and is why I have been here for over 10 years.

Meet the Lawyer



  • Lee Donovan

An exciting secondment to CMS’s Moscow office preceded Lee Donovan’s qualification into the firm’s energy department. Read on for more on this truly international firm and its highly regarded approach to training.




Big-name clients and landmark, multijurisdictional deals are what CMS UK is all about. Read on to find out about its geographically, intellectually and professionally expansive recruitment scheme.

Meet the Recruiter



  • Danny Cash

Danny Cash oversees graduate recruitment at leading commercial firm CMS. Read on for his application advice and to and to learn more about the firm’s vacation scheme.

Vacation Scheme Insider


Oliver Ratnatunga

Oliver Ratnatunga studied Italian at the University of Bristol and attended a two-week vacation scheme placement at CMS.

  • Subject: Italian
  • University: University of Bristol

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