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About the programme

Pathways to Law is a national outreach programme available to students from state schools in England who are interested in pursuing a career in Law. The programme seeks to provide students with the skills, experience and confidence necessary to succeed at University and beyond.

Research undertaken by The Sutton Trust found that 68% of UK-educated barristers and 75% of UK-educated judges attended fee-paying schools, despite the fact that overall only 7% of young people attend schools and colleges in this sector. The evidence in the report indicates that young people who attended state schools are significantly underrepresented in high-status positions in the legal profession.

One year after the publication of the research, The Legal Education Foundation (then The College of Law) and The Sutton Trust agreed to establish 'Pathways to Law' to provide state school pupils with the opportunity to gain an insight in to university study and legal careers, thus attempting to level the playing field.

The Pathways to Law programme offers students in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 an opportunity to find out more about studying a Law degree, university life and to find out more about a career in the legal profession.

Contact

Maria Littley, Outreach Officer, 02476 151428

Laura Harris, Pathways to the Professions Coordinator, 02476 150584

pathways@warwick.ac.uk

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Key Stage 4

Pathways to Law offers a range of one off events for Year 10 and Year 11 students. The key information is contained within this menu. Open each section to find out more.

There are a range of one-off Year 10 and 11 events for those who may be interested in pursuing a law degree or a career within the legal profession, including in-school sessions and on-campus events.
Key Stage 4 students must meet the following criteria in order to participate in the in-school and on-campus events:
    • Currently a Key Stage 4 (Year 10 or Year 11) student
    • On course to achieve 5 A*-B or 9-6 grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics) with a minimum of 2 A*-A or 9-7 grades.
    • Attend a state school
    • Interested in studying law or a legal career
    • Live within commuting distance of the University of Warwick
    • Be the first generation in your family to go to university, or eligible for free school meals, or attended a school where significantly above the regional average number of students are eligible for free school meals
      In addition preference will be given to those students:
      • In schools with below average levels of attainment and progression to university
      • In schools with high free school meal rates
      • From deprived postcodes as evidenced by POLAR, IMD or ACORN
        Priority will be given to applicants who meet the most criteria.
        There are a range of one-off events throughout the spring and summer term.
          Spring Term
          • In-school sessions (Thinking About Law at University): This is a two hour interactive workshop designed to introduce the ideas of going to university, studying Law and the variety of legal areas.
            • GCSE Bootcamp: Year 11 students who have taken part in a previous Pathways to Law event will be eligible to join our GCSE bootcamp. This will take place during the Easter holidays to support Year 11 students with revision for their final exams.

              Summer Term
              • On Campus Event (Myth Busting Law): Students will have the opportunity to spend the day at the University of Warwick campus to get a flavour of university life. They will hear from current students, a legal professional and law academics about what a law degree really entails and the range of job opportunities within the legal profession.
              How much does it cost?
              The programme is free. Your travel expenses to and from Pathways events are paid (subject to you submitting receipts) and transport costs may be reimbursed.
                I am studying at an independent school. Why can't I apply for Pathways to Law?
                The programme is designed to offer opportunities to students from under-represented backgrounds. There has been much research published regarding widening participation which has concluded that these students are mostly found in state schools.
                  How do I apply to attend these events in Year 10 or 11?
                  We will liaise with local schools and teachers in the area to see if they'd like to take part. If you'd like your school to get involved, please email us at pathways@warwick.ac.uk to reigster your interest.

                  Key Stage 5

                  Pathways to Law also offers a two year cohort programme for Year 12/13 students. The key information is contained within this menu. Open each section to find out more.

                  Would you enjoy studying Law at university? Is a legal career right for you? Experience Pathways to Law and make up your own mind.
                    The Pathways to Law programme includes a range of events throughout Year 12 and Year 13 to give you a real flavour of both studying law and what it is like to work in the legal profession.

                      The programme includes:
                        • Work experience placements at top law firms in Birmingham
                        • Academic taster days with lectures and seminars from Warwick's world leading Law School
                        • A trip to the Inner Temple for aspiring barristers
                        • A four day residential summer school living on university campus to give you a real taster of university life
                        • E-mentoring from undergraduate students.
                        • Debate in sessions with practicing Solicitors and Barristers
                        • A chance to shadow a current undergraduate student
                        • Personal Statement and LNAT event
                        • A-Level Bootcamp to support you with your revision
                        • Graduation Ceremony
                          Participating Universities:Warwick, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, LSE, Manchester, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Oxford, Queen Mary, Roehampton.
                          In order to apply for Pathways to Law you must meet the following criteria:
                            • Currently in Year 12
                            • Achieved 5 A*-B or 9-6 grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics) with a minumum of 2 A*-A or 9-7 grades.
                            • Attend a state school or college
                            • Interested in studying law or a legal career
                            • Live within commuting distance of the University of Warwick or one of the partner universities
                            • Be the first generation in your family to go to university, or eligible for free school meals, or attended a school where significantly above the regional average number of students are eligible for free school meals
                              In addition preference will be given to those students:
                              • In schools with below average levels of attainment and progression to university
                              • In schools with high free school meal rates
                              • From deprived postcodes as evidenced by POLAR, IMD or ACORN
                                Students with GCSE grades just below 5 B grades may still be considered depending on the number of applications received. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the most criteria.
                                Year 12
                                  Autumn Term
                                  • Programme Launch (incl. CV, study skills, student panel and campus tour)
                                  • Student Shadowing
                                  • Academic Taster Day
                                    Spring Term
                                    • Work Experience preparation event (incl.e-mentoing launch)
                                    • Student Shadowing Week and Work Experience Placements
                                    • Opportunitites to attend events at other Pathways Universities
                                      Summer Term
                                      • Work Experience placements
                                      • Personal Statement and LNAT events
                                      • Pathways to Law National Law Conference
                                        Year 13
                                          Autumn Term
                                          • Programme Relaunch
                                          • Inner Temple Visit
                                          • Debating, Negotiation anf Study Skills Event
                                            Spring Term
                                            • A-level Bootcamp
                                              Summer Term
                                              • Programme Graduation
                                              Lucy Malkin
                                              • "Attending Pathways to Law has been a great way for me widen my knowledge about the Law as not only a subject but a vocation, helping me become a more well rounded applicant for university. The chance to participate in the National Law conference which was supported by major law firms enabled me to talk to other students like myself as well as existing students at Warwick University. It has broadened my knowledge on serious issues such as knife crime and human rights which has greatly increased my social and cultural awareness, forcing me to be more open minded and accepting of other people's opinions. Moreover, it has improved my confidence in public speaking and has developed my enthusiasm for debating. The experience has been invaluable and has helped me to confirm why I wanted to study Law but also take part in activities that lots of people wouldn't have the chance to. I would recommened Pathways to anyone who wants to study Law because it gives you a realistic and fun experience which is invaluable to a lot of people who have never studied Law before.”
                                                Gemma Rooney
                                                • “When I started the Pathways to Law project, I wasn’t entirely sure that Law was the right subject for me. However, Pathways gave me a taste of the different aspects of law and erased any doubts I had, and soon I found myself applying to universities to study Law. Pathways to Law was an invaluable asset during this time, providing guidance on writing my Personal Statement and overall application, whilst my e-mentor was always on hand to answer any questions I had. I think Pathways to Law really made my application stand out, as it showed a true commitment to Law as a subject. The programme itself allowed me to meet with lots of other students in a similar position, and the National Conference was an opportunity to make friends from all over the country, whilst at the same time debate, think about law and sample university life. Overall, I think that the programme gave me the edge I needed when applying to universities and at the same time it was really enjoyable!”
                                                How many places are available on the Pathways to Law programme?
                                                400 places nationally, 35 places at University of Warwick.
                                                  Can I apply for a place on the programme at any of the participating universities?
                                                  No, you can only apply to the university running the Pathways to Law programme which is closest to your term-time residence. This is because Pathways sessions are mainly hosted at universities so you need to live close enough to be able to attend sessions regularly.
                                                    How much does it cost?
                                                    The programme is free. Your travel expenses to and from Pathways events are paid (subject to you submitting receipts) and transport costs may be reimbursed.
                                                      How many sessions do I have to attend?
                                                      The programme is made up of compulsory and optional events which you are welcome to attend. You are required to attend the compulsory events which include the 4 day residential national conference event.
                                                        Will I have to take time away from my academic studies to take part in the programme?
                                                        As far as possible events shall take place during school holidays or at weekends to avoid disruption to your studies. A copy of this years timetable shall be added to the website soon.
                                                          I am studying at an independent school. Why can't I apply for Pathways to Law?
                                                          The programme is designed to offer opportunities to students from under-represented backgrounds. There has been much research published regarding widening participation which has concluded that these students are mostly found in state schools.
                                                            If I complete the Pathways to Law programme will I receive reduced offers to attend university?
                                                            Some universities who run the Pathways to Law programme offer reduced offers to those who complete the programme, or who meet certain widening participation eligibility criteria. Information is circulated about what each university is offering in your year of application at the Pathways to Law National Conference.
                                                              When will I hear whether I have been accepted on to the Pathways to Law scheme?
                                                              Applications have now closed for the 2017/2018 Year 12 cohort. Applications will open again in Summer 2018 for the next Pathways to Law cohort.

                                                              How to Apply

                                                              Applications for the 2017/2018 cohort of Year 12 students have now closed. Applications for the next Year 12 cohort will open in Summer 2018.

                                                              We will be delivering Year 10 and Year 11 in school sessions throughout January - March 2018. Due to a high volume of interest, we are now operating a waiting list for these sessions. If your school would like to be added to our waiting list, please email us on pathways@warwick.ac.uk.

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