ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Pathways Plus is a programme that looks to inspire and support undergraduate students who are passionate about Law to explore a range of careers in the legal profession. During the programme students build the essential knowledge and skills that are required to be successful in their careers. This is achieved through work experience placements, mentoring and networking with industry professionals.
The programme was established in 2013 by the Sutton Trust in partnership with three leading law firms DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters. The programme is also supported by BT, Barclays, the Inner Temple, Wilberforce and Fountain Chambers without whom the programme would not be possible.
Pathways Plus was developed to widen access to the legal profession, as research by the Sutton Trust had shown that the top echelons of the professions were drawn from a narrow range of social backgrounds. The programme aims to raise student’s aspirations and allow them to make informed decision about their future career.
Every Pathways Plus Student will be offered:
The opportunity to apply for a one week work experience placement within a partner firm, an in house legal team or a barristers chambers
Mentoring from legal professionals within a partner firm
A three-day residential conference in London packed with talks, skills workshops and networking opportunities
WHO CAN APPLY
Students applying to Pathways Plus must meet the following criteria:
Have always attended a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
Be in the first year of an undergraduate degree in the UK
In addition, we are looking for students who:
Are in the first generation of their family to attend university
Were in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits
Have been looked after or in care
Have achieved AAB grades at A level or equivalent
WHERE AND WHEN
Pathways Plus supports students throughout their undergraduate degree. It starts during the second term of the students first year at university.
Students can be studying at any university in the UK and do not have to be studying Law. However, applicants must demonstrate that they have a genuine interest in a career in the legal sector.
All Pathways Plus events will be held in London throughout the duration of the programme
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for Pathways to Law Plus are now closed for 2019.
WHAT PREVIOUS STUDENTS HAVE SAID
I am more likely to consider a career in law because I never saw myself as a lawyer or barrister. But after meeting the people and speaking to them, I can relate to them and this career seems more accessible and I now know what I need to do to access this career.
The programme gave me confidence within the legal sector. Previously I had very limited exposure and was repeatedly told I would not be able to succeed as I did not know anyone and I went to a state school.”
I have always wanted to pursue law but after the residential I am now more likely to apply to firms in London just because I have enjoyed visiting the offices and meeting the people who work there and engaging with them, and realising just how friendly every one is even in a large commercial firm in the city.
At first it’s very daunting talking to senior people but when you have done it a couple of times you realise the people are just like you. You are able to get an idea of what being in a law firm will be like and you learn how to conduct yourself.