Legal Placement

If you are studying law and have the opportunity to fulfil a legal placement as part of your law degree, we highly recommend it. There are lots of benefits, you will get to experience working in a law firm, make some great contacts, and the time can count towards your training contract or qualifying work experience if you choose the SQE route.

We offer several opportunities for legal placements each year. Ideally, the successful candidate would be looking to maximise this chance of paid work experience and start with us in July and work for at least one year. Many of our placement students have started soon after completing exams in year 2, and not wanted to leave us until just before they return to study in the final year.

If the placement goes well, there are also lots opportunities to carry on working with us on a part time basis when you go back to Uni to finish your final year.

The placements that we offer involve working out of one of our offices in either Bournemouth, Canford Cliffs, Ringwood, Swanage, Wimborne and London, and with one of our legal teams (you can view all of our Personal services and Business services here). There is also the opportunity to work with more than one of our teams, and get a true understanding of what it is like to work in a law firm. The rate of pay for the placement is based on a competitive salary, and you will have access to all of our normal staff benefits.

You will be working within a dynamic and challenging environment with a fun and supportive culture, providing a high quality service to our clients. Our culture supports and encourages your career development and we have previously taken placement students who have gone on to continue working for us on a flexible and part time basis while they complete their study, secure permanent paralegal roles, training contracts and qualify as lawyers with us. Take a look at our career paths.

You can also view our recent news articles from our current placement students by following the links below:

Why Ellis Jones is the perfect placement

My legal placement year at Ellis Jones

Placement Year at Ellis Jones

Legal Placement Year at Ellis Jones

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an industry leading Law Firm that has been recognised year on year in The Legal 500 (UK), Chambers & Partners and The Dorset Legal Awards.

How to apply:

We are proud of our values and culture. If you think that you would fit into our culture, please give us at least one example of how in a covering letter attaching your CV. Please send your CV/Covering letter to

27th November 2023

Applications open for Legal Placement

23rd February 2024

Applications close for Legal Placement

1st July 2024  

Start of Legal Placement Year (happy to consider earlier or later start dates)

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