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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 offices across The Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. 

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. 

Upon receiving your training contract offer, you will be enrolled on the firm's award-winning CMS Academy Programme. This consists of a week-long Business Law workshop and a week-long internship in the firm's office, offering you the chance to meet some of the firm's clients and immerse yourself into the firm from day one. 

Across your 2-year training period, you will complete four six-month seats in one of the firm's UK offices: Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, 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 also 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.

 The pace at which the world is changing is staggering and a slowdown is nowhere in sight. Technology is expanding the boundaries of what is possible, opening up new markets, sectors and opportunities. To make the most of these, CMS provides sound business strategies to clients, supporting development and implementation.

CMS is a full service law firm combining top quality sector expertise with international scale. CMS puts the interests of clients at the heart of everything they do across 80 offices in over 40 countries in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America. With more than 1,250 partners and 5,800+ 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 they’re looking for, keen intellect is vital, but they are looking for much more than academic qualifications. Whether applicants are law students, non-law students, graduates, or career changers, there are several qualities sought in their future employees. These include personal effectiveness, professional communication, drive for achievement, having a future facing outlook, leading self and others, an ability to build relationships and commercial awareness.

The route to a training contract at CMS is by completing an assessment day. Upon successful completion of an assessment day, candidates will be offered a direct training contract and be enrolled on their award-winning CMS Academy programme. The two-year training contract features four six-month seats, with possibilities for national, international or client secondments.

CMS also offers insight to the firm through various paid work experience programmes, in addition to offering a Solicitor Apprenticeship programme.

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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.