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- Applications to: Mr Danny Cash
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2019: 01/05/2017 Summer work placement: 15/01/2017
Munal Mehta is a corporate lawyer at international firm CMS. Learn more about working in private equity, and the sorts of skills you need to excel in this exciting environment.
Aisling Barnes is passionate about recruitment and has a wealth of information and advice for aspiring lawyers looking to apply for a training contract or vacation scheme place. Read on to learn more about CMS and the process for joining this prestigious, full-service firm.
Oliver Ratnatunga studied Italian at the University of Bristol and attended a two-week vacation scheme placement at CMS.
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.
|Number of work placements:||100|
|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 30 June 2017. Non-law students should apply during their final year and law students should apply during their penultimate year. CMS also welcomes applications from graduates and career changers
Firm description and career prospects
CMS is a global, full service law firm with 60 plus offices in over 30 countries worldwide. We are the second most global law firm and the largest in Europe, headquartered in the City of London in the UK with training locations also in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol. Opportunities abound for top quality training, global secondments and to work with sector specialists so that your career can thrive in our global elite law firm.
Clients come to us for advice across all types of commercial law, including banking and finance, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment and pensions, energy and environment, intellectual property, private equity, public procurement, real estate and tax.
‘Your World First’ is our promise to our clients. This means we are client-centric, have world vision and are performance driven. We have over 3,200 lawyers who work in international teams, focusing on industry sectors. That means we always advise in the context of our clients’ business and market.
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.
The CMS academy is our next generation vacation scheme. The combination of one-week of innovative leadership development training in our London office and a one-week internship at a UK office of your choice, it offers a unique launch pad for your career in law. You will gain real experience in a commercial environment and the skills you need to succeed as a trainee at a modern law firm.
When it comes to vacation schemes, the CMS academy represents the pinnacle of personal and professional development – not to mention one of the largest investments of any law firm into nurturing a new generation of talent. You will meet with clients, network with lawyers at every level of the business, work on projects and debate with thought leaders in the legal and industry sectors.
To join the CMS academy, you must be: a law student in your penultimate year or a non-law student in your final year in England or Wales; a law student in your penultimate year in Scotland; or a final-year student studying outside the UK. Students who participate in our New York programmes, International Student Interview Programme (ISIP) or Overseas-Trained LLM. Interview programme, hosted by the NYU School of Law and the Columbia Law School respectively, are also eligible for the CMS Academy.
Training contract programme
Your training contract at CMS begins with a global induction at IMD in Switzerland, Europe’s leading business school. You’ll then 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 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.
If you’re applying during your studies, then we recommend that you apply in either the penultimate year of your law degree (England and Scotland), or the final year of a non-Law degree (England only). CMS also welcomes career changers and graduates.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow
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Diversity access schemes
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