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Size & Geographic Coverage

Number of Partners: > 1,100

Number of Associates: >5,000

Total number of trainee solicitors: 158 (UK)

Number of UK offices: 8

Number of overseas offices: 62+


Application criteria

Training contracts vacancies per annum: 95 from 2023 onwards

Vacation scheme places per annum: 120+

Minimum degree grade: None

Application deadline for training contracts starting in 2024: Applications currently closed and will open in September 2022

Salary and benefits

Bristol: First-year (£41,500), second-year (£42,525), NQ (£61,000)

Scotland: First-year (£26,775), second-year (£29,925), NQ (£51,740)

London: First-year (£46,725), second-year (£52,250), NQ (£95,000)

Sheffield/Manchester: (£30,000), second-year (£33,075), NQ (£51,750)

Holiday entitlement: 25 Days


Maintenance grant per annum: £7,500 (London) £5,00 (Outside of London)

About CMS

CMS is a future facing firm. Whether stakeholders are big or small, they always have the firm’s full attention and expertise. In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important, our clear, business-focused advice helps clients of every size to face the future with confidence.

CMS is a full service law firm combining top quality sector expertise with international scale. We embrace technology and are committed to new ideas that challenge conventional ways of doing things.

CMS puts the interests of clients at the heart of everything we do across 70+ offices in 40+ countries in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America. With more than 1,100+ partners and 5,000+ lawyers, CMS works in cross-border teams to deliver top quality, practical advice. The firm is recognised for its sector excellence and focus in consumer products; energy; financial institutions; hotels & leisure; infrastructure & projects; life sciences & healthcare; real estate; and technology, media & telecommunications.

When it comes to what we’re looking for, keen intellect is vital, but we are looking for much more than academic qualifications. Whether applicants are law students, non-law students or career changers, there are several qualities we look for in our future employees. These include personal effectiveness, professional communication, drive for achievement, having a future facing outlook, leading self and others, ability to build relationships and commercial awareness.

The main route to a training contract at CMS is by successfully completing the CMS Academy programme. Our two-year training contracts feature four six-month seats or national, international or client secondments. CMS also offers early insight to the firm through our First Steps programme, apprenticeships, widening participation work experience and scholarship opportunities, and the newly launched Business Development & Marketing Graduate Programme.