Specialist support service for Law applicants

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 year 12 and 13 from non-privileged backgrounds interested in a career in law.

[Causeway Education] ran a brilliant day for our Year 12 Pathways to Law students on preparing for university. Their sessions on Personal Statements, the LNAT and interview techniques were informative, engaging and above all, a lot of fun!
— Jude Hammond, Oxford University

Programme features

  • Interactive workshop on Law personal statements targeting enhanced academic suitability
  • Specialist session on LNAT preparation strategies and effective techniques.
  • Personal statement "clinic" focused on improving drafts and strengthening applications.
  • Specialist session on Law interviews led by an Oxbridge academic.

In detail

Research base

Pathways to Law was established to widen access to the legal profession. It followed research by the Trust which showed that the top echelons of the profession were drawn from a narrow range of social backgrounds.

Programme scope

Two thousand students have already benefited from the programme, which is the largest access initiative of its type. Another twelve hundred students will take part in Pathways to Law over the next four years.

Work experience 

Pathways to Law gives students access to work experience placements at leading law firms including Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Macfarlanes, Linklaters, Eversheds, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, DLA Piper and Mayer Brown.