Pathways to Law 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 to Law 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.

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.

Every Pathways to Law 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


Students applying to Pathways to Law 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

*The more of these criteria you meet, the more likely it is that you will be offered a place on the programme.


The Trust have teamed up with 3 top Law Firms to delivery the programme
Over 200 students have already benefited from the Pathways Plus programme
Students on the 2017 programme come from 22 universities across the UK


Pathways to Law 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 to Law Plus events will be held in London throughout the duration of the programme


Applications for Pathways to Law Plus are now closed for 2019. You can sign up to be notified when applications open by clicking here.


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.

Pathways to Law Student

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 Student

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 Student

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 Student


The costs associated with the residential and work experience placements are covered by the Sutton Trust. For all other events a travel bursary is available for those who require it.

All students are offered the opportunity to apply for the available work experience placements at the partner law firms and associated organisations, however placements are not guaranteed. 

Applications for the programme will open in Autumn 2019

No, we are open to students applying from any location in the UK. Please be aware that you will be expected to travel to the London for Pathways Plus events

You can apply, but you should be aware that our Pathways programmes are often oversubscribed – If you do not meet the academic criteria your application is less likely to be successful.

If you do not meet the academic criteria but there are extenuating circumstances to explain this, please ask your teacher to provide details when they verify your application.