If you have studied or are currently studying outside of the UK, you will need to tell us the grades you have achieved in your application form. It helps us if you can provide as much information as possible in regards to your international qualification.
We welcome applications from non-law students and law students. As a company that values everyone’s individual strengths and skills, previous legal work experience is not essential. Remember to highlight transferrable skills from any experience you do have, as this is just as important as legal experience.
If you require a work permit and are offered a training contract with CMS, we will endeavour to support your application for a work permit. Please note that offers of employment are conditional on obtaining and maintaining applicable work authorisations, and this may at times fall outside of our control.
Yes, all applications need to be completed online. We are unable to accept CVs and cover letters that are emailed directly to us. If you require the application form in a different format, please email EarlyTalentAcquisition@cms-cmno.com.
Yes, we can accommodate all types of adjustments. We openly welcome applications from everyone, so please get in touch with us at EarlyTalentAcquisition@cms-cmno.com and we will contact you to discuss how we can help make the process work for you.
The deadline for applications for First Steps and the CMS Academy will be in early 2022. The precise dates will be confirmed nearer the time. As will the application date for the Solicitor Apprenticeships. All applications will be screened on a first-come, first-served basis, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. Please note that you must have submitted your application in full before the deadline. We are unable to consider any applications submitted after this time. Deadlines for programmes which are not currently open will be advertised in due course.
Our current Solicitor Apprenticeship and CMS Academy application process is an online application, online test, video interview and assessment day. Take a sample online test.
For First Steps, the application process is the same, but the final stage will involve a telephone interview with a member of the Early Talent Acquisition Team rather than a full assessment day.
As we recruit on a rolling basis, we aim to process your application and move you through the stages as soon as possible. In certain instances, we will hold assessment days before the deadline.
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to give feedback at application form stage or following the online test or video interview. For those who attend an assessment day we will however arrange a telephone call to discuss feedback on your performance during the assessment day.
We are generally looking for you to have – or be on track for – a 2:1 (or equivalent) in any degree subject and 128 UCAS points at A-Level (ABB or equivalent) or any equivalent qualifications. If you have mitigating circumstances, please provide details on your application form and they will be taken into consideration. A member of the team reviews each and every application on an individual basis and any information stated will be treated confidentially.
Our typical selection criteria is to have obtained – or be on track for – a 2:1 (or equivalent) in any subject and 128 UCAS points at A-Level (ABB or equivalent) or any equivalent qualifications. If you have mitigating circumstances, please provide details on your application form and they will be taken into consideration. If required, we may ask for further documentation to help clarify your circumstances.
We are proud to use RARE’s contextual recruitment system, allowing us to view your academic achievements within the context that they have been achieved.
We do consider equivalent qualifications to A-Levels or Scottish Highers. Please provide us with the grades you have achieved in your application form. It helps us if you can include as much information as possible in regard to your international qualification. If you are still unsure, please contact us at EarlyTalentAcquisition@cms-cmno.com to discuss further.
Yes, we welcome applications from everyone, regardless of age and/or previous experience.
Typically, we aim to recruit roughly half of those on our programmes from a law background and half from a non-law background.
Yes. If you have mitigating circumstances, please provide details on your application form and they will be taken into consideration. A member of the team reviews each and every application on an individual basis and any information stated will be treated confidentially.
We are looking for well-rounded individuals who demonstrate the following qualities:
Your online application form is your opportunity to create a strong first impression, so it’s important that you put the time and effort in to making it right, we want to get to know you as an individual.
Below are some tips from the Early Talent Acquisition Team on what makes a successful application form:
Yes, we understand that people’s circumstances may change so please feel free to reapply.