Record placements for Law and Criminology work placements scheme

This summer over 80 students from the College of Law, Swansea University will be taking time out from their holidays to gain valuable new skills and expertise.

The scheme, which won a Swansea University Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Award in 2013 for boosting student employability, is open to those studying both Law and Criminology.

To mark the launch of the scheme the College of Law hosted a reception, attended by a number of placement providers, careers advisers and students interested in applying to the scheme.

Law student Joanne Shannon described it as an “Excellent opportunity to find out more about the placements on offer and to speak to a variety of professionals. It was one of the best networking evenings I have attended”.

This year more placements will be available than ever before. Emma Richards – who last summer completed placements at Swansea Youth Offending Service and the Youth Justice Board for Wales – commented, “As a law student I wanted the opportunity to discover what other careers were available to me in relation to criminal law apart from being a solicitor or barrister. From the placements I have discovered I have a passion for youth justice and am now applying to do a Masters in Criminal Justice next year. The placement has boosted my knowledge, confidence and career substantially so thank you to all who arranged this opportunity for me”.

The scheme is now in its seventh year. Over the years students have completed more than 200 placements! 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".

For more information about the Swansea University College of Law and its four constituent Academic units - Undergraduate Legal Studies, Postgraduate Legal Studies, Professional Legal Studies and Criminology go to http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law