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Pathways to Law

The School of Law is proud to be a part of the innovative Pathways to Law programme, a widening participation scheme which inspires and supports academically-able state school students in year 12 and 13 from non-privileged backgrounds who are interested in a career in law.

To qualify for the programme students must either be in the first generation of their family to go to university or have been eligible for free school meals. Preference is given to those in lower performing state schools and from low participation neighbourhoods. 

What's involved

Students attend a varied programme of events across the two year scheme. Events held at The University of Manchester include mooting competitions, opportunities to meet and work with legal professionals, UCAS workshops and academic taster days. Our programme also includes events hosted around the country. In the past this has included trips with the Bar Council to Leeds, a three day residential event at the University of Warwick and visits to the offices of international law firms in London.

Students will also undertake a placement at a leading law firm or at a barrister’s chambers. Additional opportunities to gain legal work experience have previously included marshalling a court judge and shadowing a crown advocate. Pathways students are also mentored by a current University of Manchester School of Law student.

The School of Law will also offer committed Pathways students a one grade drop on all law courses at The University of Manchester, eg LLB Law AAA would be a reduced offer of AAB, Law with Criminology AAB would be ABB. 

Application process

At the School of Law, we recruit 35 students a year across Greater Manchester. Students join the programme in Year 12, and must be able to participate for the full two years of their A levels. For full details of the application process and the entry criteria see the Sutton Trust website.

The next cohort of students will be recruited in summer 2016. If you meet the eligibility criteria, and would like us to email you when the application process opens, please complete our short survey.

Contact us

If you would like a school visit from a member of staff from the School of Law to discuss Pathways to Law, or for further information on any aspect of the programme, please contact us:

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