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- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
CMS is a future facing, global law firm that puts the interests of clients at the heart of everything they do across their 70+ offices in 40+ countries in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America and Africa. With more than 1,000 partners and 4,500 lawyers, CMS work in cross-border teams to deliver top quality, practical advice no matter how complex the situation.
The firm is recognised for its sector excellence and focus in consumer products; energy; financial services; hotels & leisure, infrastructure & project finance; life sciences & healthcare; real estate; and technology, media & communications. Their legal expertise is therefore matched by real world, commercial understanding of the markets in which their clients operate.
As a future facing firm, CMS embraces technology and are committed to new ideas that challenge conventional ways of doing things. By investing in their people and encouraging a culture of innovation, their aim is to anticipate and create sustainable and rewarding futures for their clients, people, and communities. Join CMS and you’ll be part of one of the Top 10 Global law firms providing you with access to expertise, experience and opportunities to help shape your future career.
The CMS Academy is the main route to a training contract at CMS. It offers you the chance to gain real work experience and the skills you need to succeed. The innovative three-week programme is split into two parts: ·
- One week of training on the business of law in our London office.
- A two-week internship in the CMS office of your choice. There will be a range of innovative activities and events for you to get involved with, which will prepare you for a career in law. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with clients, network with lawyers at all levels, work on projects and debate with thought leaders in the legal and industry sectors. A supervisor and trainee buddy will be your main point of contact and will provide high quality work which will give you an accurate insight into the work of a trainee solicitor.
Each student is paid £400 to attend the programme for one week.
After completing the programme, successful candidates will be offered a training contract.
First Steps is a one-week programme which offers an insight into a career in law. If you’ve just started university and are considering a career in law, this programme is designed specifically for you.
Our First Steps programme offers an introduction to commercial law and working in a global law firm. The one-week programme comprises an introduction to CMS, skills sessions and an opportunity to shadow our fee earners. A presentation and social events will both enhance your technical skills, interpersonal skills and networking skills. Participants gain real experience in a commercial environment and develop skills needed to succeed as a trainee solicitor at a future facing law firm. A supervisor and trainee buddy will be your main point of contact and will provide high quality work which will give you an accurate insight into the work of a trainee solicitor.
Attending our First Steps programme will put you in a strong position to apply for our CMS Academy. Each student is paid £400 to attend the programme for one week.
At CMS we are proud to offer an exciting six-year solicitor apprenticeship programme. This provides you with the opportunity to become a qualified solicitor, whilst learning on the job and being paid a salary!
We are looking for a new generation of talented school and college leavers to join our future facing law firm. You will gain experience in a commercial environment and develop the skills needed to thrive as a successful solicitor, whilst studying for a law degree and your professional qualifications.
Your supervisor will provide you with high quality work from the start, which will develop your learning and help you to reach your full potential.
After completing your first four years and successfully obtaining an LLB in Legal Practice & Skills, you will complete the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) parts 1 and 2, enabling you to practise as a solicitor.
At CMS, you will join us to embrace and create sustainable and rewarding futures for our clients, people and communities and will also be supported fully to develop your future.
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.
Sponsorship may be available for your GDL and LPC for England and Wales qualifying trainees and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland
- Banking & finance
- Competition & EU
- Consumer products
- Dispute resolution
- Employment & pensions
- Hotels & leisure
- Infrastructure & projects
- Intellectual property
- Life sciences
- Private equity
- Public procurement
- Real estate & construction
- Technology media & communications
- 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
|Number of work placements:||100|
|Minimum qualification:||ABB, 2.1 at degree or equivalent. Mitigating circumstances are taken into consideration.|
|Start salary:||London - £43,000; Bristol - £38,000; Scotland - £25,000; Sheffield/Manchester- £28,000|
|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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