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CMS Law Scholarships

What are CMS Law Scholarships?

As a future facing, global law firm, we believe that a career in law should be open to everyone with the right talents. We are committed to attracting and developing a new generation of the brightest and most creative legal minds. Since 2012, our scheme has been helping Year 12 students in England & Wales, Year 13 students in Northern Ireland and S5/S6 students in Scotland onto the path to the legal profession by providing financial support, mentoring support and paid work experience.  In 2021, we will be offering up to 10 Scholarships across our UK schemes.

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Students from the CMS Law Scholarships scheme have gone on to study at some of the UK’s most prestigious universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and to win training contracts to become lawyers at some of the world’s largest law firms, including CMS.

To find out more about what CMS Law Scholarships could do for you, who is eligible and how to apply please click here if you are resident in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or click here if you are resident in Scotland. You can also contact us at [email protected].

Where are CMS Law Scholarships offered?


This programme is aimed at students who have the potential to become great lawyers and specifically those that are from backgrounds which research shows are less likely to achieve a place at university and are less likely to make it into the legal profession. You can apply for CMS Law Scholarships if you meet all of our academic and financial background requirements and at least one of our financial eligibility criteria.

If you are resident England, Wales or Northern Ireland, please click here to check your eligibility.

If you are resident in Scotland, please click here to check your eligibility.

We will check your eligibility using the information that you provide to us, so it is important that it is accurate. If you have any questions about your eligibility before you apply, please email us at [email protected].

How to apply

We invite students to apply for a Scholarship by entering an essay competition and writing a short piece about what winning a Scholarship would mean to them.  We also ask you to tell us why you want to be a lawyer.

We look at your essay, your academic achievements and what you have told us about yourself to decide which students to invite to an assessment day at our London office or our Glasgow office. After the assessment day, we offer Scholarships to the students who have impressed us most. 

Ready to apply?

Applications are now open and you can apply here – please choose the application process based on where you live, as Scotland has a separate process from the rest of the UK.  Applications will close at 23:59 on 30 June 2021.

You will need to answer one of these two essay questions, using 750 to 1000 words:

  1. “It is fair to place restrictions on those who refuse vaccines.” Do you agree?
  2. Are all forms of protest legitimate?

You will also need to tell us why you want to be a lawyer and what winning a CMS Law Scholarship would mean to you.

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Find out more about a career in law

To find out more about a career in law with CMS, including training contracts and vacation schemes, apprenticeships and work experience, click here.