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CMS Graduate Careers

This is the law firm hub for CMS. This acts as your one-stop-shop for all things CMS, from key firm information to application details. 

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The AllAboutLaw perspective on CMS

If you become a traineee solicitor with CMS, you will work for a global law firm with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide.

The firm specialises in eight core sectors: Consumer Products, Energy & Climate Change, Financial Institutions, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Hotels & Leisure, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Real Estate and Technology, Media & Telecommunications. 

Training contracts are only offered to candidates who successfully complete the CMS Academy programme, so this vacation scheme should be your starting point. 

If you secure a place on this programme and are ultimately offered a training contract, you will complete four six-month seats in one of the firm's UK offices: Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester or Sheffield.

You'll work with clients alongside experienced lawyers every day and you may also be able to complete a client or international secondment. 

If you're interested in working abroad, the firm now offers a training contract based in Dubai. If you manage to secure this opportunity, at least three of your seats would be completed in the United Arab Emirates, but your fourth seat could be completed in London. Alternatively, you may opt for a client secondment or international secondment in another office instead. 

What the firm says

CMS is a future facing firm. Whether stakeholders are big or small, they always have the firm’s full attention and expertise. In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important, our clear, business-focused advice helps clients of every size to face the future with confidence.

CMS is a full service law firm combining top quality sector expertise with international scale. We embrace technology and are committed to new ideas that challenge conventional ways of doing things.

CMS puts the interests of clients at the heart of everything we do across 70+ offices in 40+ countries in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America. With more than 1,100+ partners and 5,000+ lawyers, CMS works in cross-border teams to deliver top quality, practical advice. The firm is recognised for its sector excellence and focus in consumer products; energy; financial institutions; hotels & leisure; infrastructure & projects; life sciences & healthcare; real estate; and technology, media & telecommunications.

When it comes to what we’re looking for, keen intellect is vital, but we are looking for much more than academic qualifications. Whether applicants are law students, non-law students or career changers, there are several qualities we look for in our future employees. These include personal effectiveness, professional communication, drive for achievement, having a future facing outlook, leading self and others, ability to build relationships and commercial awareness.




Academic requirements

Eligibility for our graduate opportunities will vary depending on your year of study; therefore, please visit our website for further details. We take into account mitigating circumstances.