Oxford Pathways to Law aims to support and encourage academically able students in Year 12 and 13, from non-privileged backgrounds, who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The project is part of a nation-wide scheme developed by The Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation who aim to make the law profession open to those from all backgrounds.

35 year pupils from areas local to Oxford are mentored through the entire course of their A-levels by current Oxford Law undergraduates. There are sessions on topics such as choosing and applying to a university, writing a CV, and law-related events such as a mock court-hearing. There is also work experience available in local law firms.

The programme has been very successful for encouraging students to attend top universities. In autumn 2016, we saw 83% of our second graduating cohort going on to a Russell Group university (an increase of 13% from our first graduating cohort), 64% of which are studying Law, including 3 here at Oxford.

We have also started working with year 10 and 11 students, who attended a criminal mock-trial this year in conjunction with the law firm Maitland Chambers.

Am I eligible?

  • Have attained at 5 As or A*s at GCSE
  • Have an interest in Law
  • Be a pupil at a state school/college

To attend Pathways to Law at the University of Oxford, you need to live in one of the following areas: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Swindon and West Berkshire

You also need to meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Have been in care for 13 or more weeks during any point in your life
  • Have significant young carer responsibilities
  • Be from an area where a low number of young people attend university
  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals or the 16-19 at any point
  • Be in the first generation of your family to go to university

If the programme is over-subscribed in a particular year, we will give priority to those students who also meet these criteria:

  • Attendance of a school with below average results or low numbers of students progressing to university
  • Attendance of a school with high numbers of pupils receiving a free school meal

Applications from students currently under-represented in higher education and the legal profression are particularly welcomed, such as looked after children and care leavers; young carers; students with disabilities; and black and minority ethnic students.

The programme is only made possible by the support of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Maitland Chambers, The Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation.

How can I apply?

Applications are made through the Sutton Trust Website. The deadline this year for applications to Oxford is 2017.