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Paralegal placements

We are committed to providing our students with the skills needed to succeed within the competitive job market.

In order to achieve that, we aim to provide you with a variety of opportunities which will allow you to practically apply the academic theory that you will learn within your classes, outside in the real world.

During the second year of your LLB Law degree, you will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement which will be carried out in the third year of your degree.  Placements are currently being offered to Cardiff University Law students by the following firms of solicitors:

  • Hugh James
  • Capital Law
  • DAC Beachcroft
  • Lewis Silkin
  • NewLaw
  • Newfields Law.

You are also permitted to secure your own (minimum 30-week) placements, subject to approval by the Module Leader and the School of Law and Politics.

Students undertaking the LLB Law with a Professional Placement Year programme spend years one, two and four at the University and year three is spent on placement.The full-time, salaried placements will be open to you via a competitive application process which aims to replicate the graduate recruitment processes you will encounter after leaving university.

During your placement, you will undertake legal practice as a paralegal, and will be performing graduate level roles.

You will develop both key practitioner skills such as case management, legal research and legal writing in addition to generic employability skills such as time management, team working and commercial awareness. Placements provide an excellent networking opportunity and the chance to enhance your CV.

Admission criteria

Students undertaking the LLB Law degree are eligible to apply, together with students undertaking the integrated programmes offered with Politics, Criminology, Sociology and Welsh.

The application process is determined by the placement provider.  The current placement providers all require submission of a CV and covering letter.  Shortlisted students are interviewed by the placement providers.


The placement year will contribute 10% towards the final degree classification.

You will be assessed entirely by coursework comprising two distinct elements:

  • a reflective portfolio (60%)
  • a case study (40%).

For more information on the placement year, please contact our Admissions Team:

Law and Politics admissions team