Relevant work experience is vital for enabling all students to enhance their skills and employability. For this reason all our courses contain elements of work experience or modules to provide you with the skills sought by employers.
We pioneered the development of a work placement year in legal education over 40 years ago.
Why take a work placement?
A work placement gives you practical experience and puts your knowledge into use. It enables you to:
- apply the law to real situations
- work for real clients
- develop professional legal skills
- contribute to client matters
- make informed decisions about your future career path
- greatly enhance your employability and confidence
- increase your chances of securing a training contract.
On a year-long placement you can also:
- reduce the time spent completing a training contract by up to six months
- earn a salary.
Our four-year LLB (Hons) Law Sandwich course offers relevant, salaried work experience during Year Three. The placement lasts at least 36 weeks and students will be awarded a Diploma in Professional Practice alongside their degree.
Although LLB (Hons) Law Sandwich students are given priority, students on any of our full time Law courses (except European Law) may opt to do a year-long placement.
Gaining a placement is a competitive process and you will be required to apply to firms and complete their selection processes. A placement cannot be guaranteed by the University, however The Employability Team can support you in all stages of this process (from CV to interview) by providing advice and guidance and advertising relevant opportunities. This can be via face to face Drop In sessions (in our Employability Centre), events and workshops. Students also have access to online resources including simulated interview software and practice psychometric testing, as well as the InPlace database of placement roles.
Shorter work placements
For our students on our three year full-time LLB and LLB Business Law courses there are opportunities to take a short work placement during your second year.
This could be a placement in a legal or non-legal organisation, or volunteering in a law centre. This valuable experience will give you an understanding of what it is like to work in a professional environment as well as help you reflect on the knowledge and skills required for practice. These placements are normally unpaid and will have a competitive selection process.
Law in Practice module
The Law in Practice option module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a law-related placement or internship in the final year. You could work on one of Nottingham Law School's pro bono projects for example, such as the Innocence Project or the Legal Advice Centre, or you could organise a placement with an external organisation.
The Law in Practice module is available as a final year option to students on the following courses:
- LLB (Hons) Law (Full-time)
- LLB (Hons) Law (Sandwich)
- LLB (Hons) Law with Business
- LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
- LLB (Hons) Law with Psychology
- LLB (Hons) Law (Flexible Learning)
- LLB (Hons) International Law
- LLB (Hons) Law Senior Status
- LLB (Hons) Business Law
Certificate in Professional Practice
All students are encouraged to obtain relevant work experience during their vacations. Students who complete at least six weeks' relevant work experience during their vacations will get a Certificate of Professional Practice. This qualification demonstrates that you have developed practical skills and work based competencies, enhancing your employment opportunities.
Here are just a few of the companies our students have been on placement with: