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Formal Training

8.1 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There's the usual professional skills course training held throughout your training contract. Seat-specific training is held in sessions throughout your seat and the training is of a high quality. Firm-wide training sessions are held frequently on new law updates and sector/department information."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a very good training programme with a three-week induction at the very beginning of the training contract (including professional skills contract). It also provides continuous training throughout the seats as well as a number of talks that cover different topics of interest."
First year trainee, London
"We had a three-week induction programme that covered everything from IT and time recording to presentations. Since then, I've had in-seat training that was organised and given by members of my team, which was a great chance to meet everyone."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"There are continual training opportunities almost every week and the induction was very thorough. Non-legal skills include improving interpersonal and sociable skills."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"I think the level of training is good across the firm. I haven't heard of any bad training experiences where people have learned nothing or really struggled with supervisors. There are some great supervisors and teams who are really happy to mentor and teach you."
Second year trainee, London
"You get a three-week induction and very comprehensive training."
First year trainee, London
"Training for legal skills is reasonably sound. Each department will hold training sessions at the start of the seat and often throughout. The non-legal skills training for trainees tends to be much more sparse, it's possible to get involved in other sessions of your own volition but often such sessions are marketed to partners and senior associates."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Corporate training occurs every week on different topics."
First year trainee, London
"Legal training sessions are well organised, frequent and often compulsory. Attendance at non-legal training sessions organised by HR is not encouraged, and I find that it is almost viewed as to be attended by trainees only if they are particularly poor in one aspect of their skill set."
Second year trainee, London
"I have seen extensive trainee training in my department and general training for qualified lawyers."
First year trainee, London
"There is a front-loaded Professional Skills Course, and this enables the intake to mix at the start of training contract. I would also say that there is a real mix of training for both hard and soft skills."
First year trainee, London
"Training that is provided depends on the department: in my opinion the Corporate Department training programme is very extensive and I felt it that prepared me for a lot of other departments."
First year trainee, London
"There is a departmental training programme as well as Professional Skills Courses."
Second year trainee, London
"The level of training at CMS in Scotland is excellent - you receive legal training sessions at the beginning of each seat, as well as throughout your training contract, but also learn skills such as business development and negotiation."
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2014

"Superb - D&W had an excellent formal training programme, and CMS are bringing the best bits of that into theirs."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"Different training is always on offer. The practice area specific training is very good at giving a detailed insight into the sectors in which you will be working."
First year trainee, London
"Very good 2.5 week induction process with all trainees. Good ongoing training organising by departments, and access to firm-wide broader training."
First year trainee, London
"There is comprehensive in-house seat training in every department, plus general induction and departmental know-how sessions."
First year trainee, London
"Full corporate training programme specifically for the Corporate trainees which consisted of 20 sessions on specialist areas of law with partners/senior associates leading the sessions. PSC course."
First year trainee, London
"My supervisor has been great and taught me a lot. There are also many opportunities to build upon the legal skills through CSR work. It is a shame they are so prescriptive re: what seats people have to do."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The trainee induction involved exhaustive training both at the firm and at College of Law. Some parts were more useful than others, but I know that Grad Rec change the structure every year and so there is some flexibility for improvement. The sector group training is usually an informal talk given by a solicitor/associate. We are provided with some course material, but these tend to be more of a 'here's what you need to know' session, which is really helpful in a practical sense."
First year trainee, London
"The first two weeks consists of an intensive induction and a fast-track through some of the PSC modules. This is really useful as a foundation for starting your first seat and is great for getting to know all of the other trainees before you go to your own departments."
First year trainee, London
"Very structured training in the London office, with both general trainee training and department-specific training. Training was a bit less structured during my overseas secondment, but this was beginning to change towards the end of my seat when a specialist trainee programme was set up."
Second year trainee, London
"In every department you take part in training for that particular area - this is usually quite comprehensive and allows you to see the whole picture even if you don't get to work on it all in your six months."
Second year trainee, London
"Rather inconsistent between departments. Corporate training was excellent - but barely any training overseas."
First year trainee, London
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