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CMS Cameron McKenna LLP MyLocker firm


Vacancies: 60
Trainees: 120
Partners: 120
Staff: 1000
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 60
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: London - £37,500; Bristol - £32,000; Scotland - £22,500

Application details and method of selection

Please apply online by 31 July 2014. 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

CMS Cameron McKenna forms part of a leading network of firms known as CMS. At CMS, we have 54 offices across 29 countries, with the most extensive footprint in Europe of any other firm.

We advise on a wide range of commercial transactions and issues, and have the expertise to understand clients' needs and concerns, no matter what field they operate in. To ensure we continue to deliver an outstanding level of service, we've launched one of the legal sector's most comprehensive client feedback programmes - a move which has won us a number of prestigious awards.

We use this feedback to tailor our approach to helping clients. This has seen us adopt a sector approach that allows us to deliver industry-specific service and deep sector expertise. Working alongside our traditional practice group structure, industry focus groups enable us to build teams taking an industry, rather than a purely legal, perspective - something that we know our clients value highly.

To find out what it is like to work at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP 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

You can learn a lot about a law firm from brochures, websites and on-campus representatives. But nothing comes close to experiencing it first-hand. That's what our vacation schemes are for.

You'll spend time in two different practice areas, take part in workshops and attend eye-opening presentations. There'll be work to do too. Typically, you'll get involved in research, draft letters and research notes, and go to client meetings. There's also the chance to build valuable relationships at social events. Plus you'll have your own supervisor and buddy. If you like us and we're impressed by you, it could well be the start of something great. We offer training contracts to many of our vacation schemers.

We run vacation schemes in our London offices during the spring and summer and in our Bristol, Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices over the summer.

We recommend that you apply as a second-year law student or final-year non-law student in London and Bristol and a penultimate-year law student in Scotland, although we regularly have career changers and graduates on our schemes too.

Training contract programme

We offer two-year training contracts in London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. During this time you'll undertake four seats across our broad range of practice areas, such as energy, intellectual property, corporate or EU competition.  Alongside this, you're guaranteed to spend a seat outside of your "home" office - an exciting prospect. You might be seconded to one of our top clients based in London or Europe, or spend time in one of our international offices including Rio de Janeiro, Prague or Moscow.

You'll find that a training contract with us offers a great range of responsibility and interesting work. You'll enjoy plenty of access to senior partners, as well as the autonomy and support you need to really grow and develop your talent.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial

Work areas


London, Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh

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


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