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Pathways to Law


About the programme

Pathways to Law is a programme that looks to inspire and support students to explore a range of careers in law and build essential knowledge, skills and confidence required to go on to higher education and the world of work. All Pathways to Law students are also offered real-life experience, with a work placement, mentoring and networking opportunities.

The programme was established in 2006 by the Sutton Trust and the Legal Education Foundation, with generous support from our partner law firms and is the largest initiative of its nature. Pathways to Law 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 students’ aspirations and allow them to make informed decision about their future career.

Applications for the 2019/20 cohort are now closed.

Key Stage 4

We are currently reviewing the Key Stage 4 offer for teachers for the upcoming 2019/20 academic year. We hope to have more information about our offer later in the year. Please check back with the website around then.

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:
        • Opportunities to apply for work experience in the legal sector
        • Hear from Solicitors and Barristers to better understand jobs in the legal sector
        • Attend law taster lectures to see what university study involves
        • Tailored support with UCAS applications and personal statements
        • Expert support with preparing your CV for work experience
        • Residential summer school living on campus to give you a real taste of university life
        • Optional external trips including a trip to the Inner Temple in London
          Participating Universities:Warwick, Newcastle, Exeter, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, LSE, Manchester, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Oxford, Queen Mary, Roehampton.
          Students applying to the Pathways to Law must meet the following criteria:
            • Attend, and have always attended, a state funded, non-fee paying school/college
            • Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme
            • Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the University of Warwick
              In addition, preference will be given to students: who meet one or more of the following:
              • Have achieved in the region of 5 A*-B grades at GCSE
              • Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
              • Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
              • Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits
              • Have been looked after or in care
                Places shall be allocated to those who meet the most criteria.
                Year 12 Draft Programme
                  Autumn Term
                  • Programme Launch (incl. a student panel and campus tour)
                  • Law Careers Day
                    Spring Term
                    • Work Experience Placements
                    • Opportunities to attend events at other Pathways Universities
                    • Academic Taster Day
                      Summer Term
                      • Work Experience placements
                      • Personal Statement and LNAT events
                      • Pathways to Law National Law Conference
                          Year 13 Draft Programme
                            Autumn Term
                            • Programme Relaunch
                              Spring Term
                              • Inner Temple Visit
                              • A-level Bootcamp
                              • 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 miss time from school?
                                          While we are very conscious of students missing school time, it is not possible to run all of the events outside of term time, as we would not have the academic staff available to support holiday/weekend events. It is very important that you share the details of the programme dates with your tutor/head of 6th form as soon as these are available and negotiate the time off of school with relevant staff. It is your responsibility to catch up on work missed.
                                            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. At Warwick, for example, students who complete Pathways to Law at any university are eligible for a reduced offer and join Warwick Scholars as an undergraduate when they enrol at the university after completing the Pathways programme. More information about the Warwick Scholars undergraduate programme can be found here Warwick Scholars Undergraduate Programme
                                                Can I apply for more than one WP programme?
                                                We will only offer a place on one programme to a student so please ensure that you apply to the programme that is most suitable to your needs and circumstances. Note that if you are successful in securing a place on the Pathways to Law programme and have accepted it, you will automatically made ineligible for any other programmes the Outreach team offer. The only exception to this is for programme students who are planning to apply to Warwick for their undergraduate studies. These students may be eligible to apply for our Warwick Scholars access programme and if offered a place will be expected to complete their existing post-16 programme alongside participating in Warwick Scholars. Further details about Warwick Scholars can be found here Warwick Scholars
                                                  When will I hear whether I have been accepted on to the Pathways to Law scheme?
                                                  Applications close at midnight on Friday 11th October 2019. Students will be informed if they have secured a place on the programme by the end of October 2019.


                                                  Laura Harris, Widening Participation Officer, 02476 150584



                                                  Paul Beaufoy, Pathways To The Professions Coordinator, 02476 524340