Work Experience (PRIME)

Your chance to see how the world of law works and take that vital first step towards a career with our future facing firm.

Programme content

Four-day programme Applications for 2021 are now closed

CMS is a founding member of PRIME, an organisation formed by various UK law firms committed to improving access to the legal profession.

Our work experience is designed for school and college students who might think a career in law is out of reach. This programme is here to prove it is not.

We will show you what’s possible, letting you experience how our legal practice works and the role you could play with us in the future.

During the programme, you will develop skills that all employers look out for, not just those in the legal profession. This happens through:

  • In-depth skills sessions
  • Shadowing a trainee lawyer
  • Growing your network of contacts



Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Sheffield


Year 12 or Year 13 (England & Wales)
S5 or S6 (Scotland)

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Application deadlines

Applications for 2021 are now closed

Register your email address with us and we will send you application reminders and information about CMS opportunities relevant to you.

What you’ll do

Your four days will be packed with opportunities to learn, discover, and meet new people. It is your chance to lay the foundations for a future career in law.

Business learning

Get to know what makes CMS tick and how our lawyers help all kinds of clients.

Follow a trainee

You will be assigned a trainee lawyer who will show you what life is really like at CMS.

30-35 hours of contact time

This is your opportunity to meet and learn from lawyers during their working day.

Ongoing opportunities

Successfully complete the programme and you will be assigned a mentor to stay in touch with. You can also apply for our Scholarship or Apprenticeship programmes.


Travel expenses are paid and lunch is provided (in non-COVID years).

Eligibility criteria

All candidates for work experience need to meet the following criteria:

England & Wales:

Year 12 or Year 13


S5 to S6

More information also available here.

Application process

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

Online application form

Online application form

An opportunity for us to start to get to know you, your educational background, work experience and interests and why you are interested in a career with CMS.

Critical thinking test

Critical thinking test

Designed to test your analytical reasoning and logic. Take a practice test here.

Video interview

Video interview

A short 15 minute interview where you will answer a series of pre-recorded questions.

Assessment day

Assessment day

Consists of a case-study, competency-based interview, a group exercise and an opportunity to meet other people from around the firm and learn more about CMS.

Any questions?

Take a look at our dedicated FAQs page