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Pathways to law

Pathways to Law is a two year fully funded programme aimed at bright state school students in year 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.

Essex successfully joined the Pathways to Law programme in September 2013 and, along with 11 other universities across England, aims to raise aspirations and provide students with the skills and confidence to pursue a legal career.

Pathways to Law was originally set up in 2006 by the Sutton Trust and the College of Law (now the Legal Education Foundation) to widen access to the legal profession, following research by the Trust which showed that many in the profession were drawn from a narrow range of social backgrounds.

What's involved

Students who take part in the programme will have the opportunity to take part in a full and varied programme, including:

  • workshops and lectures at our University with academics and current law students
  • a visit to the Inner Temple and the Royal Courts of Justice in London
  • a legal work experience placement in either a London or local firm
  • a four day residential conference, this has previously been held at the University of Warwick
  • access to an e-mentor who is one of our current law students
  • an opportunity to visit the other universities involved in Pathways to Law
  • a graduation ceremony at the end of the two years
  • Year 12 schedule

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    To gain a better idea of the types of events activities involved in the Pathways to Law programme, please take a look at our schedule.

Benefits of taking part

Apart from learning more about what to expect from a law degree, there will be opportunities to network with professionals and gain further knowledge about a legal career. Students who take part in this programme and apply to study at one of 12 universities involved could be given an alternative offer, which could be up to a grade lower than the standard conditional offer.

This will be dependent on the applicant meeting all other admissions criteria.

Application process

There are 35 places available each year.

Students join the programme in year 12, and must:
  • have an interest in a career in law
  • attend a state school
  • have at least 5 As or A*s at GCSE
  • parent or guardian in receipt of a means tested benefit
  • be either first in generation in their family to attend university, or have been eligible for free school meals

In addition, preference will be given to those students:

  • in schools with below average levels of attainment/ progression to university
  • in schools with high free school meal rates

To apply to take part in the programme with the University of Essex, you must attend school or college in Essex or Ipswich.

Register your interest

To register interest in Pathways to Law please contact Annika Burges a.burges@essex.ac.uk or telephone 01206 872720. This will allow you to stay up-to-date with the programme and to be notified when applications will open.

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