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Meet the modern law firm. Meet CMS.


About CMS


CMS is a global, full service law firm with 60 plus offices in over 30 countries worldwide. We are the second most global law firm and the largest in Europe, headquartered in the City of London in the UK with training locations also in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol. Opportunities abound for top quality training, global secondments and to work with sector specialists so that your career can thrive in our Global Elite Law firm.


Clients come to us for advice across all types of commercial law, including banking and finance, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment & pensions, energy and environment, intellectual property, private equity, public procurement, real estate and tax.


‘Your World First’ is our promise to our clients. This means we are client-centric, have world vision and are performance driven. We have over 3,200 lawyers who work in international teams, focusing on industry sectors. That means we always advise in the context of our clients’ business and market.


If you're looking for a career in law, then it's time to get a taste for the Modern Law Firm, joining one of the CMS Graduate Programmes designed for students across all year groups:


CMS First Steps - application deadline 31 December 2016


Our First Steps programme is designed for first year law students or second year non-law students. You’ll spend a week in one of our UK offices enjoying skill sessions and work shadowing.


CMS Academy Programme - application deadline 15 January 2017


The CMS Academy is our next generation vacation scheme.  The combination of one-week of innovative leadership development training in our London office and a one-week internship at a UK office of your choice, it offers a unique launch pad for your career in law. 

To join the CMS Academy you will be a law student in your penultimate year, a non-law student in your final year or a graduate.


CMS Training Contract - application deadline 30 June 2017


Your training contract at CMS begins with a global induction at IMD in Switzerland, Europe’s leading business school.  You’ll then embark on a two-year training contract in London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow. During that time, you’ll take on four seats across our practice areas and you’ll find loads of responsibility within high-profile projects. You’ll also take on a guaranteed secondment, which might see you work with one of our top UK clients, or in our international offices, from Rio de Janeiro to Beijing.