What you will experience

The CMS Academy is split into two parts: one week of training on the business of law, and a two week internship. All programme participants will be invited to an open day at our London office. On successful completion of the programme, you may be offered a training contract with us.

The Business of Law

Build your skills as a future leader

Hosted at our UK headquarters in London, the first week of the CMS Academy will feature a range of innovative activities and events that will prepare you for a career in business law.

These include an advanced simulation that will challenge your commercial judgment, talks from thought leaders on artificial intelligence and predicted industry trends, networking with FTSE 100 clients and CMS lawyers at every level, pro bono work for recognised charities and exposure to a range of business sectors.

Before embarking on the CMS Academy, you will be welcomed to our London office in April to hear more about what the programme will hold.  You will meet the rest of the programme participants, hear more about CMS, tour our office and meet your buddy.  If you are based outside the UK, you will be able to join us remotely.



Work on real projects and interact with clients and international colleagues.

The second part of the Academy Programme (a two week internship) will take place at a UK office of your choice (Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London or Sheffield) and you will experience the day-to-day reality of one of the world’s modern law firms.

Working on real projects in a commercial environment, you will interact with clients, liaise with our international offices in South America, Asia and Europe, and experience just how empowering life at CMS can be.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor and a buddy; people you can ask questions, work with and seek advice from.

What next?

CMS Academy programme participants could receive an unconditional offer for a training contract and will be asked to join us for our Global Induction Program at IMD Business School in Switzerland.

IMD works in partnership with the CMS Academy to provide a unique, once in a lifetime, experience in a world leading business school for executive development.

This programme will launch your career at CMS and give you an opportunity to meet fellow joiners from around the world.

We look forward to welcoming you to CMS, the modern law firm.

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