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Updated: April, 2017

About CMS

On 1st May 2017, CMS, Nabarro and Olswang combined to form CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. For more information on the combination please visit our website.

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.

CMS First Steps - application deadline 31 December 2016

Spend a week in one of our UK offices enjoying skill sessions to teach you networking, commercial awareness and negotiation skills. You'll tour our buildings and shadow trainees and discover what it is to be a modern lawyer.

To be eligible to take part in the CMS First Steps programme, you should be a first year law student or second year non-law student in England or Wales; a second year law student in Scotland; or a penultimate year student studying outside the UK.

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. You will gain real experience in a commercial environment and the skills you need to succeed as a trainee at a modern law firm.

When it comes to vacation schemes, the CMS Academy represents the pinnacle of personal and professional development – not to mention one of the largest investments of any law firm into nurturing a new generation of talent. You will meet with clients, network with lawyers at every level of the business, work on projects and debate with thought leaders in the legal and industry sectors.

To join the CMS Academy, you must be: a law student in your penultimate year or a non-law student in your final year in England or Wales; a law student in your penultimate year in Scotland; or a final year student studying outside the UK. Students who participate in our New York Programmes, International Student Interview Programme (ISIP) or Overseas-Trained LL.M. Interview Programme, hosted by the NYU School of Law and the Columbia Law School respectively, are also eligible for the CMS Academy.

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.

If you’re applying during your studies, then we recommend that you apply in either the penultimate year of your Law degree (England and Scotland), or the final year of a non-Law degree (England only). CMS also welcomes career changers and graduates.

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Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London

Contact details

Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street

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