ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
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!
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
WHO CAN APPLY
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
WHERE AND WHEN
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.
HOW TO APPLY
WHAT PREVIOUS STUDENTS HAVE SAID
‘’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.’’
‘’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.”
‘’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!’’
“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.’’