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Class of 2014

A Taste of Law

14 July 2014

Victoria Northedge will graduate on Thursday with a 2:1 in Law and French. Following this, she will embark upon LPC at Cardiff University with the ultimate aim of becoming a solicitor. Here, she explains how one the schemes offered by Cardiff University has helped her prepare for the future.

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It goes without saying that graduates today are entering a tough market. Opportunities are scarce, competition is rife and, for me, finding a training contract feels more like a dream than reality. So how do I make myself stand out from the rest?

I decided to apply for a position within the Welsh Rugby Union Pro Bono scheme. Run by Cardiff Law School staff and students, the scheme gives a great insight into the legal world. It is open to all Welsh Rugby Union clubs and offers free legal advice, which is given by students with expert supervision.

From tort and personal liability to contract and corporate law, I had the chance to experience a very broad range of legal practices. I began to master the art of ‘opinion writing’ and my legal research skills have improved immensely. All in all, it was an interesting, challenging and invaluable experience which allowed for a perfect taster of life in a legal career.

Cardiff University provides so many different opportunities, each of which are gold dust on the CV. I would encourage all current students to discover the broad range of activities that are on offer and really make the most of your time at university.