The Pathways to Law programme was set up by the Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation in 2006 to inspire and support academically-able students from non-privileged backgrounds who are interested in a career in Law.
Queen Mary University London joined the Pathways to Law programme in 2016 and launched an exciting programme for a cohort of 45 Year 12 students including:
- Visits to the Royal Courts of Justice, Inner Temple, Rolls Building and Supreme Court
- Work experience placements with law firms such as Linklaters, Eversheds Sutherland and Macfarlanes
- An opportunity to attend a national Pathways to Law conference, hosted at Warwick University
- Personal Statement, CV and LNAT workshops
- Online mentoring from a current QMUL Law student.
The trips to the Inner Temple, the Royal Courts of Justice and a top law firm were incredibly exciting and informative. Shadowing trainees in the work placement gave me an insight in how it would be working as a lawyer. The various lessons in CV writing, personal statement, public speaking and effective study methods instilled confidence in me and helped support me through my A-level work.
Helen, QMUL Pathways to Law Student, Cohort 10
Students applying to 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 (for post 16 2year programme)
- Have achieved 5 A* – B grades at GCSE (with a minimum of 2 A* or A grades), including grades 9 – 6 in Mathematics and English
- Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university to which they are applying.
In addition, the more of the following criteria the applicant holds, the more likely they are to gain a place on the programme:
- Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
- Have been 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.
If you are a current student in the School of Law, find out more about becoming a Pathways to Law Student Ambassador.