Apprenticeships with CMS

Law and legal

Introduction Into CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm. With more than 70 offices in 40+ countries and 5,000+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep local market understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability see what’s coming and to shape it. In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, our clear, business-focused advice helps clients of every size to face the future with confidence.

We’re immersed in your world. Your interests and priorities are at the heart of what we do. Our lawyers are genuine experts in their fields, with a grasp of detail that’s second to none. Our next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. It means we can anticipate the likely challenges, accelerate our pace, and create the space to develop innovative solutions. We’re diverse, supportive, and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture in which every one of our people, can maximise their potential and thrive.

"CMS has been a great firm to work at so far with its numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives and the experience I will be able to gain over the 6 years of my apprenticeship at a firm with considerable resources will be invaluable, not to mention the financial benefit of not paying for your studies and earning a salary at the same time as well." - Mehdi, Solicitor Apprentice

Be part of a Future Facing Firm.

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.

The main route to a training contract at CMS is by successfully completing the CMS Academy programme. Our two-year training contracts feature four six-month seats or national, international or client secondments. CMS also offers early insight to the firm through our First Steps programme, apprenticeships, widening participation work experience and scholarship opportunities, and the newly launched Business Development & Marketing Graduate Programme. 

"My favourite part about my Apprenticeship is the range of experience I will have gained by the end: I will have experienced 8 different roles with the potential for some of those to be either in-house for a client, or abroad in one of our international offices." - Taiya, Solicitor Apprentice

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