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Applications open:
11 November 2020
Applications close:
18 December 2020
First year of university
UK Wide
2 years

What the programme offers

Residential Conference

Residential Conference

Our three-day residential conference offers you the chance to discover what the legal profession has to offer. You will stay in central London, attend talks and participate in workshops. You will meet students and professionals from around the world while receiving expert support on applications. You can look forward to:

  • Skills workshops
  • Networking events
  • Career talks
  • Vacation scheme guidance
  • Interview technique workshops
  • Application testing support


Work Experience Placement

Work Experience Placement

Explore careers in commercial law on a three to five-day work placement. Develop crucial skills employers look for and receive guidance from practising professionals. Our partner firms include:

  • Linklaters
  • Hogan Lovells
  • 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
I was put off after getting to university and seeing how intense the competition is. But now I feel like it's worth a shot and it's possible and there's a reason why it's so competitive because it's an incredible job. Pathways to Law Plus alum 2018
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
I am more likely to consider a career in law after the residential as I feel more confident with applications and interviews. I feel I have a better understanding as to what goes on inside a city law firm and what they require from me if I was to work there. Pathways to Law Plus alum 2019

Of our latest cohort


The number of students who are first generation university students.


The number 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

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.

Pathways to Law Plus alum 2017

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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