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About CMS

Our main practice areas include Banking & Finance, Commercial, Competition & EU, Consumer Products, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Pensions, Energy, Funds, Hotels & Leisure, Infrastructure & Projects, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Lifesciences, Private Equity, Public Procurement, Real Estate & Construction, Tax, Technology, Media and Communications

Training Contract

Upon starting a training contract, trainees complete a comprehensive induction programme. During the training contract, trainees undertake four six-month seats across various practice areas. There may be an opportunity to be seconded to one of the firm’s clients or to a UK or international office.

The CMS Academy is currently the main route to securing a Training Contract.

CMS Academy

The CMS Academy is CMS’s next generation vacation scheme.  It starts with a one week ‘business of law’ training programme in London.  This includes panel discussions with clients, case studies, work simulation exercises and client visits amongst other things.  It is an intense but fully rewarding week where students will experience first-hand the commitment from the firm to make them the best lawyer for the future.  The second part of the programme includes a two-week internship within one of their UK offices and participants gain real experience in a commercial environment and develop skills needed to succeed as a trainee solicitor.

Each participant is paid £350 per week.

First Steps Programme

CMS also offer a First Steps programme, providing an introduction to commercial law and what it is like to work in a global law firm.  This one-week programme offers 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.

Each student is paid £350 per week.

Who should apply

We have a range of graduate opportunities which are open to law and non-law students and graduates.

Eligibility criteria for all programmes can be found on our website:

When and how to apply

 Online application via The process will include an online test, video interview and assessment day. Applications dates are on our website at: Applications for all programmes will close on 4 January 2019.

 Eligibility for our graduate opportunities will vary depending on your year of study; therefore, please visit our website for further details.

 Salary and benefits: Training Contract

  •  1st year: £43,000 (London), £38,000 (Bristol), £25,000 (Scotland), £27,000 (Sheffield)
  • 2nd year: £48,000 (London), £40,000 (Bristol), £28,000 (Scotland), £30,000 (Sheffield
  • Post qualification: £70,000 (London), £50,000 (Bristol), £40,000 (Scotland), £41,000 (Sheffield)

Sponsorship: GDL and LPC fees are sponsored if you are offered a training contract with CMS and commence after accepting, plus a maintenance grant of £7,500 for courses studied in London and £5,000 for those outside London

Benefits include Childcare vouchers, Dental and Eye care, Gym (50% subsidiary), Interest free season ticket, Pension, Private Medical Insurance, Cycle scheme and 25 days holiday per year plus opportunity to purchase an extra 5 days.


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The facts

Organisation's locations: 
Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Reading, Sheffield and other global locations
Employer size: 
5000 to 10000 employees
Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
65 annually


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173 out of 300

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