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|Number of work placements:||100|
|Minimum qualification:||ABB, 2.1 at degree or equivalent|
|Start salary:||London - £43,000; Bristol - £38,000; Scotland - £25,000; Sheffield- £27,000|
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Application details and method of selection
Online application via www.graduates.cms-cmno.com. The process will include an online application, critical thinking test, video interview and assessment day. Application dates are available on our website at: www.graduates.cms-cmno.com.
Firm description and career prospects
With 72 offices in over 40 countries, CMS is a truly global law firm. In 2017, CMS UK, Nabarro LLP and Olswang LLP combined in what was the largest ever merger in the UK legal industry. The new combined firm, CMS, is now the sixth largest in the UK by revenue and the sixth largest globally by headcount.
CMS is a new kind of future-facing law firm. By combining top quality sector expertise with international scale and a strategy to become a progressive technology-driven firm, CMS delivers excellence for its clients and is committed to ensuring all employees achieve their full potential.
Across its six core sectors of energy, financial services, infrastructure and project finance, lifesciences and healthcare, real estate, technology, media and communications, CMS has some of the brightest and most creative legal minds. Its lawyers are immersed in the clients’ worlds, are genuine experts in their fields and knowledgeable about the issues that lie ahead.
The firm is modern and ambitious: employing more than 5,500 fee earners worldwide it creates strong relationships with clients and staff, meaning it is looking for lawyers with excellent personal skills as well as being technically strong. In return, CMS offers world-class training and development opportunities.
We have a range of opportunities which are open to law and non-law students and students who are currently at university or who have already graduated. Eligibility for our programmes on your year of study; therefore, please visit our website for further details. The CMS Academy is the main route to securing a training contract with CMS.
Our minimum criteria requires candidates to have an ABB at A level (or equivalent) and be on track to achieve/have achieved a 2.1 at degree level (or equivalent).
LPC and GDL fees are paid plus a maintenance grant.
Apply on our website at www.graduates.cms-cmno.com.
Vacation scheme (CMS Academy Programme)
The CMS Academy is CMS’s next-generation vacation scheme starting with innovative leadership development training in London. This comprises panel discussions with clients, case studies, work simulation exercises and client visits amongst other things.It is an intense but fully rewarding week where you will experience first-hand the commitment from the firm to make you the best lawyer for the future.
The second part of the programme includes a two-week internship within one of our UK offices. Participants gain real experience in a commercial environment and develop skills needed to succeed as a trainee solicitor at a modern future-facing law firm. A supervisor and 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 £350 per week.
Our First Steps programme offers an introduction to commercial law and working in a global future-facing law firm. The one-week programme comprises an introduction to CMS, skills sessions and an opportunity to shadow our fee earners. A case study and social events will both enhance your technical skills, interpersonal skills and networking skills.
Attending our First Steps programme will put you in a strong position to apply for any of our other graduate opportunities. Each student is paid £350 to attend the programme for one week.
Training contract programme
CMS trainee solicitors embark on a two-year training contract in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
During the training contract, our trainees undertake four six-month seats across the various practice areas and given responsibility within high-profile transactions and cases. There are also secondment opportunities, which include secondments to one of the firm’s clients or to one of its UK or international offices.
Infrastructure and project finance, corporate and leveraged finance, corporate recovery, banking litigation, technology and commercial litigation, EU competition, financial services, insurance, employment, pensions, corporate, tax, energy, disputes and construction, projects, real estate, planning, real estate disputes
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield, London
A4ID, Disability Law Service, Islington Law Centre, 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, Sutton Trust