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First year of university
UK Wide
2 years

What the programme offers



Our conference in April 2021 will offer you the chance to discover what the legal profession has to offer. This year’s conference will take place digitally, and will allow you to attend talks and participate in workshops. You will meet students and law professionals from across the country while receiving careers support. You can look forward to:

  • Skills workshops from diversity recruitment experts RARE Recruitment
  • Webinars from Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Memery Crystal
  • Insight from current trainees at top law firms
  • Expert support with applications

Work Experience Placement

Work Experience Placement

Explore careers in commercial law on a three to five-day work placement (which may take place virtually or in person). Develop crucial skills employers look for and receive guidance from practising professionals. Our partner firms include:

  • Linklaters
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Memery Crystal 
  • Barclays
  • BT
  • Shell International Limited




You will be assigned a legal professional who works at a partner firm to mentor you as you launch your career. They will share their experience as a practising lawyer. You can ask them questions about vacation schemes, training contracts and how to build your professional network and more!


Access to our Alumni Network

Access to our Alumni Network

Once you graduate from a Sutton Trust programme, you will become a member of our alumni community. Sutton Trust Alumni is the online home of the alumni community. Here you can create connections, access support and inspire change. With more than 3,500 alumni already active in the community, you can get advice from alums studying and working in areas you are interested in. You’ll also gain exclusive access to events, career opportunities and ways to stay involved with our work.


Who can apply


To apply to Pathways to Law Plus, you must:

  • Have always attended a state-funded, non-fee-paying school or college
  • Be a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree in the UK (any subject)

In addition, we are looking for students who:

  • Are the first generation of their family to attend university
  • Were in receipt of Free School Meals at secondary school and/or the Government’s 16-19 bursary in the final two years of school/college
  • 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 been looked after or in care
  • Have achieved AAB grades at A-Level or equivalent

The more criteria you meet, the more likely you are to be offered a place on the programme

I really enjoyed my time at the residential. It has been a brilliant and informative opportunity that has taught me so much about the different legal professions and routes into it. Pathways to Law Plus alum 2019
The conference was amazing and it didn't feel like there was any compromise on quality due to it being digital. Pathways to Law Plus alum 2020
The programme helped get rid of the stigma of not being able to get a career in law if you're not from a certain background. Pathways to Law Plus alum 2018
Being behind a screen didn't stop anyone from being friendly and approachable enough to answer questions Pathways to Law Plus alum 2020

Of our latest cohort


The percentage of students who are first generation university students.


The percentage of students who received Free School Meals at secondary school.

What people say

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.

Pathways to Law Plus alum 2018

It left me with broader commercial fluency, a greater understanding of a legal career as a solicitor or in-house lawyer and in a much better position to apply to vacation schemes

Pathways to Law Plus alum 2020

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.

Pathways to Law Plus alum 2019


The Sutton Trust is incredibly grateful for the generous support that make our programmes possible. Special thanks to:

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