Work Experience (CMS Connect)

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

About CMS Connect

One-week programme Applications for 2022 are now open

2022 Programme dates: 8th – 12th August 

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 CMS colleagues
  • Growing your network of contacts

Following the one-week programme, candidates will continue their legal journey through a sustained programme of support. CMS will offer: 

  • Mentoring  
  • Application advice and guidance  
  • Invitations to exclusive CMS events (in person and virtually) 
  • A springboard to our future career programmes  

Locations

Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Sheffield

Eligibility

Year 12 (England & Wales)
S5 (Scotland)

Elements of this programme will be run in person so please ensure you live within a commutable distance of your chosen office.  

Application deadlines

Applications are now open and will close 10 June 2022

Click here to apply.

What to expect

Your five days of work experience 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. Following successful completion of the work experience, you will then enter a sustained programme of support with ongoing mentoring, workshops and events.  

CMS will offer springboard support for any future applications you make to the Solicitor Apprenticeship or First Steps Programmes.  

Business learning

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

Work shadowing

You will spend time with colleagues across the firm who will show you what life is really like at CMS.

Skills development

You will take part in workshops and insight sessions designed to enhance skills required for the world of work.

Virtual Meeting

Pay

You will receive £275 on completion of the five-day work experience.

Ongoing opportunities

Upon completion of the work experience programme you will have access to our CMS mentoring platform and ongoing support. You can also apply for our Apprenticeship or First Steps programmes.  

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply for a CMS Connect (formerly PRIME) work placement, you must meet the following qualifying criteria: 

You’re in either:  

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

At a state school 

You’re attending, and have attended from aged 11, a state-funded, non-fee-paying school/college. 

First to attend university 

You grew up in a household where no parent or guardian attended university. 

 You must also meet one or more of the following 

  • You are currently in receipt of, or have previously received, free school meals, Pupil Premium, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or 16 to 19 Bursary 
  • You have been, or are currently, in local authority care (for a period of 3 months or longer) 
  • You are, or have been, a full-time or part-time carer 
  • You came to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker 
  • You are attending a state school or college with:
    a) below average A-Level or Higher point score and/or
    b) low rate of progression to higher education
    (PRIME Work Experience School Eligibility Criteria) 

Note: young people who meet the local authority care criteria do not need to meet any other criteria.  

Application process

Interested in applying?

Applications are now open and close 10 June 2022.  

Click here to apply 

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.

Any questions?

Take a look at our dedicated FAQs page