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The Pathways to Law programme was set up by the Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation in 2006 to inspire and support academically-able students from non-privileged backgrounds who are interested in a career in Law.



Queen Mary University London joined the Pathways to Law programme in 2016 and launched an exciting programme for a cohort of 45 Year 12 students including:

The trips to the Inner Temple, the Royal Courts of Justice and a top law firm were incredibly exciting and informative. Shadowing trainees in the work placement gave me an insight in how it would be working as a lawyer. The various lessons in CV writing, personal statement, public speaking and effective study methods instilled confidence in me and helped support me through my A-level work.
Helen, QMUL Pathways to Law Student, Cohort 10


Applications are now open. The closing date for applications is Sunday 29th September 2019 at 23:59.

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QMUL Pathways to Law studentsEligibility

Students applying to Pathways to Law must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
  • Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme (for post 16 2year programme)
  • Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university to which they are applying.

In addition, the more of the following criteria the applicant holds, the more likely they are to gain a place on the programme:

  • Have achieved 5 A* – B grades at GCSE (with a minimum of 2 A* or A grades), including grades 9 – 6 in Mathematics and English
  • Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
  • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
  • Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits
  • Have been looked after or in care.

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If you are a current student in the School of Law, find out more about becoming a Pathways to Law Student Ambassador.