Social mobility

At CMS, we believe that a career in law should be open to people from all walks of life, if that is what they want to do and if their potential measures up.


We offer comprehensive career development, support and learning experiences across multiple practice groups within our dynamic law firm environment.

Our programme begins with targeted pre-joining events and a comprehensive induction helping to embed you into the firm from day one. You will be enrolled onto a law degree in Legal Practice and Skills (LLB) at the University of Law at a location appropriate to your apprenticeship. Following successful completion of your LLB you will be enrolled onto your Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE). We will ensure that you become fully immersed into life at CMS, through gaining valuable, practical experience across many of our practice groups as well as providing you with world-class training and development opportunities.

You will have the opportunity to learn and work at the same time on your path to becoming a fully-qualified solicitor with us. Each week you will be given one day set aside for your studies.

CMS Scholarship

We make a career in law more accessible to aspiring lawyers by awarding up to five bursaries each year, paying £2,500 towards each year of their law degree.

To facilitate social mobility and ensure that we tap into talent, wherever it might be located in the UK, the CMS Scholarship scheme is run on a national scale and reaches out to students beyond the communities local to our offices.

Established in 2011 the scheme, entirely run by volunteers, has been a great success since its inception with previous applicants now joining our firm as Trainees.

The Social Mobility Pledge

CMS supported The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, the former UK Secretary of State for Education, in launching the Social Mobility Pledge (SMP) in Westminster Hall back in 2018.

The SMP asks businesses and employers to commit to partnering with schools to provide young people with much needed access to apprenticeships and work experience and promote open recruitment practices throughout the UK. We are proud to lend our support to the SMP through the Social Mobility Business Partnership, the award-winning social mobility charity CMS helped establish with ITV, which we now run alongside clients such as Microsoft and SSE. 


CMS is a founding member of PRIME, an alliance of law firms across the UK, committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience.

Social Mobility Foundation

CMS have entered the SMF Index since its launch in 2017. The Index offers a good framework and helps our organisation think about what changes need to be implemented to support greater social mobility. We are pleased to say that we have featured in the Top 75 listing for the last 5 years and have progressed each year to Rank 13 in 2021.