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Online application via www.cmsearlytalent.com. The process will include an online application, critical thinking test, video interview and assessment day. Application dates are available on our website.
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
CMS is a Future Facing firm. With more than 70 offices in 40+ countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep local market understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability see what’s coming and to shape it. In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, our clear, business-focused advice helps clients of every size to face the future with confidence.
We’re immersed in your world. Your interests and priorities are at the heart of what we do. Our lawyers are genuine experts in their fields, with a grasp of detail that’s second to none. Our next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. It means we can anticipate the likely challenges, accelerate our pace and create the space to develop innovative solutions. We’re diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture in which every one of our people, can maximise their potential and thrive.
The main route to securing a training contract with us is through our award-winning CMS Academy programme. This is your chance to take part in a programme that represents one of the largest investments any law firm makes in nurturing its next generation of talent.
Learn the business of law. Meet clients. Work on live projects. Network with lawyers. Debate the future alongside thought leaders. All of this on a summer vacation scheme that results in, on average, 90% of participants receiving a training contract offer from us.
Your journey starts with an open day, where you’ll meet fellow participants and find out how best to prepare for the CMS Academy programme taking place in the summer.
Your first week focuses on learning the business of law. You will experience a series of engaging and collaborative activities designed to enhance your development and prepare you for a career in law. These include:
An immersive simulation exercise
- Client dialogue
- Networking with lawyers at all levels
- Wellbeing sessions
- Strengths profiling
- An innovation focused project
This is followed by a two-week internship in the CMS office you applied for. You will be assigned a supervisor, trainee buddy, and be exposed to practical work that provides real insight into life as a trainee with us.
The main route to a training contract at CMS is by successfully completing the CMS Academy programme. Prior to starting a two-year training contract, trainees complete a comprehensive induction programme.
Our training contracts feature four six-month seats or secondments nationally, internationally or client based. You’ll have the opportunity to work across different practice groups covering at least three distinct areas of law.
Currently we are working closely with the University of Law for our first pre-trainees to start the SQE rather than the LPC from September 2022.
Sponsorship may be available for your GDL and LPC/SQE for England and Wales qualifying trainees and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland.
- Corporate tax
- Corporate transactions
- Real estate transactions
- Technology & media
- Power oil & gas
- ICE disputes
- Insurance & reinsurance; Litigation & arbitration
- Financial services
- Financial services disputes
- Corporate & leveraged finance
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Energy infrastructure project asset finance
- RE finance
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 020 7367 3000
Email: [email protected]
|Number of work placements:||100|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 at degree or equivalent. Mitigating circumstances are taken into consideration.|
|Start salary:||Bristol: £38,500, Edinburgh/Glasgow: £25,500, London: £44,500, Manchester/Sheffield: £28,500|
|Profit per partner:||£465,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||1,000 (2014)|
|Retention rate:||82% (2012)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
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