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News & Events Archive for 2011-2012

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    Undergraduate work placement programme goes from strength to strength

    In keeping with our commitment towards ensuring the employability of our students, our work placement programme for Law undergraduates, Criminology undergraduates and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students has been expanded considerably for the current academic year.  Last year, the School provided 27 placements across 8 different organisations including the Swansea Crown Court, the Public Defender Service, local solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers, and our U.S. Criminal Justice Placement Initiative at the University of Central Oklahoma. We are pleased to announce that this year we are able to offer a total of 40 placements across 13 organisations.

    In addition to our existing placement arrangements, we now have work placements at the Central Police Station in Cockett for four students with an interest in gaining firsthand experience of the workings of the police force. During the placements, which were organised with the support of Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Mark Mathias, the students will have the opportunity (amongst other things) to visit crime scenes, spend time in the custody suite and work alongside the community safety team.

    Also new for this year are two placements with the Youth Justice Board for Wales. These are hands-on research placements; the students will be given a piece of work to research and asked to complete a research report. As part of the placements, the students will have the opportunity to visit and work with some of the Youth Offending Teams in Wales.

    For the first time there are also placements with the Criminal Justice Integration Team (CJIT). CJIT works with offenders that have a class A drug problem. If the students enjoy the placement, they will have the opportunity to carry on as volunteers with CJIT paying for them to attend relevant training sessions and potentially offering them paid sessional work.


    What our students have said about their placements:

    • Emma Watkins (Swansea Crown Court): “I completed the criminal work experience in Swansea Crown Court. I found the week excellent, the staff were all very helpful and willing to talk at length. It was a real insight into the working of the Court and the different roles within. I found it really beneficial and would definitely recommend it to any student considering a career in criminal law”.
    • Leanne Lyne (Public Defender Service) “I took a placement with the Public Defender Service, and I cannot stress enough how good the experience was. I actually went back a few times over the summer and have made great contacts with other firms now also. Everyone in the PDS was willing to let me attend all elements included that they do every day, police stations, courts, case files etc, and it was especially exciting to see things that we studied in real life”.
    • Morwenna Isaac (Angel Chambers, Swansea): “My placement was in one word, fantastic. The first week I followed a fraud and theft trial and it was great to see the process from start to finish and to be involved in and witness how barristers work alongside the CPS. The second week was slightly more fragmented meaning that I sat in on lots of different things ranging from a 3 day sentence appeals to much shorter ones.                                              Everything I experienced contributed to create an insightful and invaluable experience of the criminal justice system.                                                       I left the placement feeling completely inspired. All in all I cannot express how much I appreciated having the opportunity and it further confirmed my desire to pursue a career at the bar”.
    • Anthony O’Connell, (Howe & Spender Solicitors, Port Talbot): “Everybody at Howe and Spender made me feel very welcome. After a year of academic study, it was great to be exposed to so much real law. There were many highlights - going into the court cells to speak to a client, reading case files, seeing how client accounts are billed, visiting the Crown Courts and sitting in on client meetings”.




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