We are looking for a new generation of talented school and college leavers to join our future facing law firm. You will gain experience in a commercial environment and develop the skills needed to thrive as a successful solicitor, whilst studying for a law degree and your professional qualifications.
Once you've completed your law degree, you will prepare for the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) Parts 1 and 2. Having passed all of your assessments, you will become a fully qualified solicitor.
You will be immersed in a legal team from the outset, providing the best possible start to your legal career at CMS whilst having one day per week allocated to study.
At the beginning of the programme, tasks may include:
- Attending client meetings and taking notes
- Managing data/records including opening, progressing and closing legal files
- Collating bundles for court
- Understanding and utilising basic financial data
As you progress, you’ll take on more responsibility for tasks such as carrying out legal research, preparing sensitive documents for a transaction or drafting a letter to a client. You can expect to quickly become instrumental in enabling solicitors to deal with their legal matters in a timely and efficient way, ensuring we provide excellent client service.
Comprehensive support from CMS and the University of Law over the six years of your programme will include:
A solicitor will be assigned to you from the outset and you’ll be allocated supervisors when rotating through the various departments. Supervisors will delegate and monitor your work on a daily basis.
University of Law skills coach
Working with your supervisor to ensure that your training and development needs are being met and will provide one-to-one guidance and support throughout the programme.
University of Law subject tutor
Throughout your apprenticeship you will be taught by subject matter experts.
A senior member of the firm that will act as a sponsor, and oversee your journey throughout the programme.
A junior member of the team who will join you at the induction stage. They will be able to answer any questions you have to help you to settle in to life at CMS as seamlessly as possible.
There will be opportunities to meet and socialise with other apprentices at CMS during your apprenticeship.
Early Talent Development Team
A point of contact within the department, who you will have met during your recruitment and selection process. Their role will be to organise forums and informal Q&A sessions to ensure that your needs are being met. The Early Talent Development team's role is to ensure that your pastoral needs are looked after, all your questions are answered and that you are getting the most from your apprenticeship. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact them.
The benefits of a Solicitor Apprenticeship
Earn while you learn, with no student debt
Job security and long-term prospects through a six-year commitment to CMS
Networking and building relationships to give you an early head start in your career
Challenging, rigorous and rewarding programme
Gain a law degree and qualification as a solicitor on just one programme
25 days’ flexible annual leave and pension scheme
Private medical insurance
Income protection insurance
Employee referral scheme
Membership fees to professional organisations
Our solicitor apprentices will receive a highly competitive salary and bonus which by the start of year 5, will be aligned with a first year trainee.
To gain access to the programme, you will need:
- GCSEs – Grades 4 and above are essential (A-C under the old scoring system) with at least a 6 (B grade) in Maths and English.
- A-levels (or equivalent) – Grades ABB or on track to receive these grades, although we will take extenuating circumstances into account. BTEC Level 3 equivalents DDM.
- Personal effectiveness
- Professional communication
- Drive for achievement
- Creative thinking
- Leading self and others
- Future-facing lawyer
- Relationship building and commercial awareness
How to apply