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Skills we look for when recruiting graduates:

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Professional Communication
  • Drive for Achievement
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Growth Mindset
  • Client & Sector focus



Name: Sarah Cripps

Position: Trainee Solicitor

Studied: Geography at UCL

I was particularly drawn to CMS because of how much they value applicants from any background and I certainly never felt at a disadvantage having not studied law. Whilst a strong academic record is always important, CMS look for trainees who have a broad skill set and show passion in activities outside their studies. At UCL I was involved in the Geography society and held positions of responsibility in my department, which helped demonstrate to CMS my leadership skills and ability to work effectively in a team.

Many of the skills I learnt from my degree have helped me during my training contract so far, not least the ability to handle deadlines and a heavy workload.  As a trainee at CMS, you are often responsible for drafting or reviewing important transaction documents, therefore the importance of precision and attention to detail you learn when studying a scientific degree is vital. I have also found myself constantly having to adapt to new challenges at CMS, particularly having had the chance to second to Goldman Sachs in my second seat. During my degree, my work ranged from preparing written essays, numerical analysis, oral presentations and computer modelling, which prepared me to be flexible when given different types of work.

Being a trainee solicitor at CMS does not have to only be about the legal work. In fact, trainees can make an impact to the firm outside of work by getting involved with a variety of activities including, firm-wide client events, sports, grad-rec, diversity and inclusion and CSR. There is always something happening at CMS to volunteer for and it is a great way to meet people from different departments, which is excellent for your ongoing personal and professional development. CMS is a very friendly and sociable place to work and building a wide network of support is invaluable. It is a good idea to make the most of the opportunities available at UCL and enjoy the full experience of being a trainee at CMS.