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.
During 2017/18 the Pathways to Law team delivered activities for a cohort of 38 Year 12 students as well as in-school and on-campus sessions for over 350 Year 10 and 11 students.