Four of our students have got places on the Pathways to Law programme, which is an initiative to help Year 12 and 13 students who are considering a career in law. Students have to apply and submit a mini personal statement and the successful applicants are allocated places at their nearest university. Our students; Seth Goddard, Abby Reilly, Kelsey Fordyce and Mantas Karalius have recently attended an induction event at Nottingham Trent University.
The 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.’
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 – and law firms were not making full use of the talents of students from non-privileged homes. 2,000 students have already benefitted from the programme and another 1,200 students will take part in Pathways over the next four years.
Seth, from Year 12, said: ‘The Pathways to Law scheme takes place over two years. People go and do a series of workshops and placement at selected universities to have a taste of what a law course might be and what it is like to have a law degree. Pathways to Law takes place over two years and it gives you an opportunity to test the waters and make an informed choice about whether studying law is the right option for you.’