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Pathways to Law

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The programme

Pathways to Law is a two year fully funded programme aimed at bright state school students in years 12 and 13 who are interested in pursuing a career in law. There is no cost for students taking part in any activities and travel expenses will be covered. Students will join the programme in Year 12 and continue through to the end of year 13.

Pathways to Law is a programme of regular, engaging and hands-on activities, which include law taster classes, university advice and guidance workshops, mock trials, law in practice sessions and a three-night residential conference.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit law courts such as the Supreme Court, Inner Temple and the Royal Courts of Justice. In addition they will take part in a work experience placement in the legal sector as well as receiving e-mentoring from Queen Mary undergraduate law students.

The Pathways to Law programme was set up in 2006 by The Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation, with support from major law firms, to inspire and support academically-able students in years 12 to 13 from non-privileged backgrounds interested in a career in law.

Graduates who have completed a Pathways to Law programme will be guaranteed a reduced offer for a Queen Mary University LLB programme.

Successful candidates who have graduated from a Pathways to Law programme will be made a reduced offer of AAA for our single honours LLB programmes.

PLEASE NOTE: Any offer will be subject to QMUL School of Law GCSE requirements, satisfactory personal statement and reference and other standard Admissions Checks, as well as evidence of completion and graduation from a Pathways to Law programme.


The Queen Mary University Pathways to Law programme has 35 places available to students in London.

Who should apply?

You should consider applying for a place on Pathways to Law if you are currently in Year 12 and think you might be interested in following a career in law.

To be eligible for the programme applicants must:

Be attending a state school or college in one of the 32 London boroughs and be currently studying in year 12


Have achieved at least 5 A/A*s at GCSE


Meet criteria from at least three of the following four baskets:

  • Basket 1: Have been eligible or be in receipt of Free School Meals during secondary school and/or the 16-19 bursary and/or the Pupil Premium.
  • Basket 2: Be the first generation in your family to attend university.
  • Basket 3: Attend a school or college with a low overall A-level points score and/or low levels of progression to university.
  • Basket 4: Live in an area with low progression to HE and/or live in an area with high levels of socio-economic deprivation. In addition, priority will be given to students who are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care.

Further information

If you have any questions please contact:

More information about the programme can be found on the Pathways to Law website.

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