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Pathways to Law

Applications for the 2016 Year 12 programme have now closed.

Applications for the 2017 Year 12 programme will open in Autumn 2017. If you’d like us to send you an e-mail when 2017 applications open, you can leave your details here.

The Pathways to Law programme was set up in 2006 by The Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation, with support from major law firms, to inspire and support academically-able students in years 10 to 13 from non-privileged backgrounds interested in a career in law.

Pathways to Law was established to widen access to the legal profession. It followed research by the Trust which showed that the top echelons of the profession were drawn from a narrow range of social backgrounds – and law firms were not making full use of the talents of students from non-privileged homes.

2,000 students have already benefitted from the programme, which is the largest access initiative of its type. Thanks to a generous grant of £1m from the Legal Education Foundation, matched by leading law firms and universities, another 1,800 students will take part in Pathways over the next four years.

Please click here for information about the eligibility criteria for students, and here for information about our partner universities and sponsor law firms.

“Being involved with Pathways to Law gave me a great insight into studying law at university, and the information on the application process and obtaining work experience proved invaluable.”