Law and Criminology Work Placements Scheme Success

Budding barristers, solicitors and criminal justice professionals will be taking time out of their holidays this summer and joining organisations across Swansea to gain new skills and experiences.

Budding barristers, solicitors and criminal justice professionals will be taking time out of their holidays this summer and joining organisations across Swansea to gain new skills and experiences.

Each year Swansea University’s School of Law and Department of Criminology run a work placements scheme for undergraduate students. This summer over 60 students will be taking part in the scheme joining 18 organisations including local barristers’ chambers, solicitors’ firms, Swansea Police, Swansea Crown Court, Swansea Youth Offending Service and local authorities.

In the scheme’s first year in 2008 a total of 29 student placements took place in different organisations in Swansea. The scheme has grown every year since, with students completing 55 placements in the summer of 2012 across 12 different organisations.

Feedback each year from students who have taken part in the placement scheme has been extremely positive, with many not only gaining new skills and experiences but also feeling more able to make decisions about their future careers.

Swansea University student Vickie Evans said:

“ Last year I applied to the work placement scheme and was privileged to be offered a two week placement with Swansea Police. During the fortnight I had an opportunity to visit many of their departments including Hate Crime and the Headquarters of South Wales Police in Bridgend. I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and would recommend it to others. It was a unique and very interesting opportunity which would not have been available it if was not for Swansea University.”

Fellow student Dexter Stevens said;

“ I participated in the work placement scheme last year and was privileged to be offered a placement at Angel Chambers. Any student who is seriously considering a career in law should apply particularly if they have a specific interest in criminal law. The experience I had at Angel helped affirm my ambition to become a barrister. I learnt a great deal about the whole criminal justice system and the specific role of the barrister within the system.”  

Work Placements

Picture (left to right) Vickie Evans and Dexter Stevens. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Fay of Swansea Youth Offending Service said: “ The student placement scheme has been of mutual benefit to both the University and the Youth Offending Service. It extends the knowledge base of students as it offers experience of law and justice in practice involving young people. The continued expansion of the scheme will be a positive step forward and one that the Youth Offending Service fully endorses.”   

Graham Jones of Smith Llewelyn solicitors said: " We are proud to support this excellent scheme. In today's job market it gives students a valuable opportunity to develop new skills, increase their employability and make informed decisions about their future careers".