Pathways to Law Plus is a programme that looks to support undergraduate to explore what a career in commercial law might be like. During the programme students build the essential knowledge and skills that are required to be successful in their careers. This is achieved through skills sessions, work experience placements, mentoring and networking with industry professionals.

The programme was established in 2013 by the Sutton Trust and is now run in partnership with Hogan Lovells and Linklaters, with support from Barclays, BT and Shell in-house teams, without whom the programme would not be possible.

Applications for 2020 are now open!

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Every Pathways to Law Plus Student will be offered:

  • The opportunity to apply for a one week work experience placement within a partner firm and in-house legal team

  • Mentoring from legal professionals within a partner firm

  • A three-day residential conference in London packed with talks, skills workshops and networking opportunities

  • Regular online information and advice sessions


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 deliver the programme
Over 350 students have already benefited from the Pathways Plus programme
Students on the 2017 programme came from 22 universities across the UK


Pathways to Law Plus supports students during the first two years of their undergraduate degree. The programme 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.

Pathways to Law Plus events will be held in London throughout the duration of the programme. Travel and accommodation for all programme events will be covered by the Sutton Trust.


Applications for the programme are open now and will close at Midnight on the 22nd of December. Click here to apply.


‘’The advice given throughout the week about believing in myself and not being afraid to apply to large city law firms has also equally built my confidence and also enthusiasm for becoming a lawyer.’’

Pathways to Law Student

‘’The experience has been extremely worthwhile. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the trip, from engaging with those working with the Sutton Trust, to the students on Pathways Plus, to the practising lawyers. The range of activities was highly rewarding, and the accommodation was perfectly suited for the trip. I was highly satisfied by the overall experience, and I am very glad and proud to be part of the programme.”

Pathways to Law Student

‘’I think that the 3-day residential was an incredible opportunity! I have been inspired and gained knowledge which I believe will be useful in the near future with my applications. The workshops organised by Rare were very hands-on and informative! Overall, I am very pleased that I had the opportunity to be part of an incredible, well arranged and designed project!’’

Pathways to Law Student

“I feel I was able to develop various skills, particularly communication. As the week progressed, I felt more comfortable to approach members of the firm to ask if they needed help with work or to discuss their own pathway to Law. I was also able to get a realistic insight into the practical application of Law and the profession itself, which is quite different from studying topics at University with an academic focus.’’

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 are open now and will close at Midnight on the 22nd of December.

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.