Pathways to Law


Interested in studying law at University and following a career in law?

Pathways to Law is an exciting two year programme that will equid you with the essential skills and knowledge to make you stand out from the crowd when you apply for a law degree.

Now in it's third year, the Pathways to Law programme has seen its first cohort of students successfully complete the programme and progress onto degree courses in Law, Economics, Politics, Criminology, English and History at leading Universities across the country. From this cohort, 11 students are enrolled at Nottingham Trent University or the University of Nottingham.

The scheme is separated into two programmes, one for Pre-16 and one for Post-16.

Pathways to Law
Pathways to Law Forensics Day
The Pre-16 Programme:

The main focus of the Pre-16 programme is to provide opportunities for students to develop valuable transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, presentation, debating, problem-solving and negotiation. These core skills will help assist students to successfully prepare for further education, a university degree and fulfilling a rewarding career in law or another profession.

The Post-16 Programme:

The programme, which is carried out throughout A Levels, aims to raise awareness and aspiration in students hoping to pursue a career in the legal profession. Equally as important, is the development of skills that will help the students in whatever career path they decide to choose.

What are the Benefits?

  • Students are able to visit campuses at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham where they will attend interactive, skill-building workshops with a law focus.
  • They will receive advice on choose the right Post-16 options to support them in their future pathway.
  • Students can increase their knowledge of University and feel confident about seeing this as a future opportunity.
  • There will be the opportunity of a work experience placement within a legal setting (law firm, barrister's chambers, court etc.)
  • Students will receive e-mentoring from Undergraduate Law students, many of whom are graduates of the Pathways to Law programme themselves.
  • There will be University-based masterclasses and tasters, including a Commercial Law Masterclass, a Legal Evidence and Forensics Day and a Criminal Court Day.

Pre-16 Recruitment:

To participate in the Pathways to Law programme students must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Have the potential to achieve at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and Maths).
  • Have a genuine interest in law/the legal profession.

They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • Be from the first generation in their family to enter higher education (it is acceptable to have siblings who have already progressed onto higher education.
  • Fulfil the criteria of the Pupil Premium (are eligible for free school meals at present or were at any time in the past six years or have been looked after continuously for more than six months).
  • Have a disability affecting their studies.

Post-16 Recruitment:

To be considered for the programme students must:
  • Attend a state school/college within a 50 mile radius of Nottingham Trent University/The University of Nottingham.
  • Be predicted or achieved 5 As or A*s at GCSE.
  • Be either the first generation of their family to attend University or be/have been eligible for free school meals.
  • Have an interest in pursuing law as a career.
  • Are enthusiastic and willing to commit to the programme for a two year period.
Additionally, preference will be given to students who:
  • Reside in deprived areas/areas where higher education participation rates are low (as evidenced by IMD, POLAR or ACORN).
  • Attend a school with below average levels of attainment/progression to University.

For more information, follow this link to the Pathways to Law website.

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