Routes into Law

We have a number of different programmes for school and university students, graduates and career changers. To work out which route is right for you, we’d recommend using our Pathfinder tool.

Find your way

Paths to a law qualification

Our Pathfinder tool will give you a good overview of your options – and it’ll take you less than a minute to complete.


Business Development

Interested in focusing on business development and marketing in a law firm, but don’t want to qualify as a lawyer? Discover our new graduate programme.

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School and college leavers

If you’re studying for A-levels, Highers, a BTEC or equivalent, we have two opportunities open to you right now. If you decide to go on to study for a degree, there’ll be more ways to experience life at CMS at that stage.


No matter what stage you’re at in your studies, you could come and experience life at CMS. Both of our undergraduate schemes will stand you in great stead if you decide you’d like to join us as a trainee.

Graduates and Postgraduates

If you’re based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and you haven’t previously completed the GDL and/or LPC, we’ll frontload your SQE 1 and SQE 2 studies prior to you starting your Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). If you’re based in Scotland, you’ll probably take the standard route to qualification (it’s aimed at those attending university for the first time). If you already have a degree in another discipline, or a law degree awarded in another jurisdiction, the accelerated route might be best for you.

Career changers

It’s never too late to bring your career to CMS. We have two entry routes for people who’ve already embarked on a career outside of law.