Law Scholarships

Benefit from financial support (£2500 per year) during your university studies, plus mentoring and paid work experience.

About the CMS Law Scholarship

Scholarship, mentoring and work experience throughout your time at university

Applications will open on the 24th April 2024  

We believe that a career in law should be open to everyone. Since 2012, we’ve helped some of the brightest and most creative legal minds launch their career. The Law Scholarship scheme provides financial assistance, mentoring, guidance throughout the UCAS application process, sustained support throughout undergraduate studies and valuable paid work experience.

We are proud that CMS Law Scholarship winners have gone on to study at some of the UK’s most prestigious universities and have secured training contracts at some of the world’s largest law firms, including CMS.


Across the UK


  • Year 12 students (England and Wales)
  • Year 13 students (Northern Ireland)
  • S5 students (Scotland)

Our Scholarships are for those from backgrounds which research shows are less likely to secure a place at a prestigious university or establish a career in law.

Application deadlines

We run two Law Scholarship programmes: the England, Wales and Northern Ireland programme and the Scotland programme. The two programmes are incredibly similar, however it is important that you apply to the programme that reflects your current location.

Applications will open on the 24th April 2024. To register your interest for future opportunities please click here. 

What to expect

Win a Scholarship and, to give you a head start in your law career, we’ll provide you with the following.

(Mentoring, paid work experience, fast track to assessment days and ongoing support are offered to everyone who is invited to an assessment day, regardless of whether they win a Scholarship or not.)

Financial support

Up to 10 individuals will receive £2500 per year for each year of their degree


Support from one of our lawyers with your UCAS application and the LNAT examination if you are planning on taking this, and a trainee buddy to give more informal support with starting your career in law

Work experience

The opportunity to complete a bespoke work experience programme in your first year of university – and be paid £450 to do so!

Fast-track opportunities

Many participants on this programme are fast-tracked to future Emerging Talent programmes and assessment centres for our Training Contract

Sustained support

From budgeting workshops to graduation celebrations, you can expect our support and guidance throughout your undergraduate studies and beyond

UCAS and LNAT reimbursement

All finalists who attend the assessment day are eligible to receive reimbursement for the expenses incurred in relation to the UCAS application and LNAT examination


You must meet all the following criteria to be eligible;

  • You’re in Year 12 in England & Wales, Year 13 in Northern Ireland or S5 in Scotland*
  • You attend a state-funded school, sixth form or further education college
  • Your parents and grandparents did not attend university
  • You intend to apply to study at university through the 2024 / 2025 UCAS process (if applying to our Scottish Scholarship programme you will need to apply to study an LLB accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. Full details can be found here)
  • You are passionate about pursuing a career in law
  • You have not been convicted of a criminal offence
  • You are not related to any partner here at CMS

*The scheme is also open to any S6 students in Scotland who do not yet have a place at university confirmed

You also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are, or have been at any time between ages 11 and 16, eligible for free school meals (or would be if you attended a sixth form or college). Further resources regarding these free school meals are available for England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • Your school from years 7–11 (or S1–S5 in Scotland) has 20% or more students eligible for free school meals. Further resources regarding these free school meals are available for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • You are, or have been, a child looked after/care experienced
  • Your home address is in POLAR4 quintile 1 ⓘ

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Application process

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

Essay competition and online application form

Essay competition and online application form

We’ll ask you to write an essay of 750 – 1000 words on a choice of two topics, and complete an application form telling us more about you, what winning a scholarship would mean, and why you’re interested in a career in law. The essay questions for 2024 are:

  1. “Anyone should be allowed to buy vapes if they want.” Do you agree?
  2. Should countries be able to strip someone of their citizenship?

You will also be asked to complete two motivational questions. These are:

  1. Please tell us about your proudest achievement. This could be from any aspect of your life (e.g. it doesn’t have to be an academic achievement).
  2. What motivated you to apply to CMS and what do you hope to gain from this experience?

Each answer to the motivational questions should be 200 words long. You should also remember to:

  • Check your spelling and grammar carefully
  • Use the full word count
  • Research CMS and the type of work we do here.
Assessment day

Assessment day

Consists of an interview and group exercise. During the day you’ll also have the chance to talk to our trainees about life at CMS and meet your mentor. If necessary, we’ll offer financial support (and accommodation) to enable you to attend. Further details can be found in our FAQs.

Important dates for your diary

We run two Law Scholarship programmes: the England, Wales and Northern Ireland programme and the Scotland programme. The two programmes are incredibly similar, however it is important that you apply to the programme that reflects your current location. Please note that the programmes have different deadlines.

You may also be interested in our work experience programme: CMS Connect. If you’d like to find out more about these programmes then join us on 2nd May 2024 for the Launch and Learn Webinar. You’ll rub shoulders with programme alumni, uncover insider tips to elevate your application, and discover how these opportunities can benefit you, your students or your community. This event is open to students, teachers, careers advisors, parents and carers, and friends of CMS. You can sign up here.

24 April 2024

Applications open (all locations)

2 May 2024

Launch and Learn webinar (sign up under our events page)

19 June 2024

Applications close (Scotland)

12 July 2024

Applications close (England, Wales and NI)

Law Scholarship FAQs

Any further questions?

Take a look at our FAQs page