Insight Programme

Start your career in law right here. Experience life at CMS during our two-week programme, putting yourself in a strong position to be fast tracked to an assessment day for a training contract.

About the Insight Programme

Two-week programme Applications for 2024 will open on 4 December 2023

If you are interested in a career in law and want to know what life is really like at a future facing global law firm, researching online is one thing. However, trying it for yourself is completely different – and that’s the purpose of  this programme.

Whatever your background, the programme’s blend of practical work experience, skills sessions, trainee shadowing, and networking will build your knowledge and your contacts in equal measure. You will be invited to social events, lunches, and coffee networking where you’ll get to meet representatives from across the firm.

Successfully complete the two-week long programme and you will be fast-tracked to an assessment day for a training contract.

 

Locations

Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Sheffield

Eligibility

Non-law undergraduates and graduates studying in England, Wales or NI, and second year law students studying in Scotland.

Application deadlines

Applications for 2024 will open on 4 December 2023 and close on 2 February 2024 – click here to register your interest in future opportunities.

What to expect

The Insight Programme gives anyone interested in a career in law information and insights about what life is like working at CMS.

Skills sessions

Improve your presentation and networking skills and get an introduction to the business of law.

Virtual Meeting

A buddy and mentor

Get ongoing support for the duration of the programme and beyond.

Practical and social

Gain practical insights into how a global law firm works and build your network of contacts with invites to social events.

Fast tracked

Successful completion of this programme may get you fast-tracked to an assessment day for a training contract.

Financial support

All participants will be paid £450 per week.

Next steps

The Insight Programme really is the first step on your path to a rewarding future at CMS. Complete the programme and you may be fast-tracked to an assessment day for a training contract.

Eligibility

Location of Undergraduate Degree

Eligibility to apply by office location

England, Wales and NI

  • Non-law students in their penultimate or final year of study.
  • All graduates from a non-law career background.

  • Scotland

    Second year law students.

    Penultimate year non-law Scottish students can apply for the programme in an English location.

    All other locations

  • Non-law students in their penultimate or final year of study.
  • All graduates from a non-law career background.

  • Application process

    Interested in applying? Here’s an outline of the different stages involved.

    Online application form

    Online application form

    An opportunity for us to start to get to know you, your educational background, work experience and interests and why you are interested in a career with CMS.

    Critical thinking test

    Critical thinking test

    Designed to test your analytical reasoning and logic. Take a practice test here.

    Video interview

    Video interview

    A short 15 minute interview where you will answer a series of pre-recorded questions.

    Virtual interview

    Virtual interview

    A 30 minute interview to get to know you and your motivations for applying to the role.

    Any questions?

    Take a look at our dedicated FAQs page