The Year 10 & 11 Mock Trial is hosted annually by the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law, in collaboration with Maitland Chambers, and part of the Sutton Trust Pathways to Law programme. The two-day event involves a law masterclass, coaching and advocacy training by Maitland Chambers’ barristers, University academics and undergraduate students. Students are presented with case materials based on real trials, work as part of a team and assume various roles involved in a criminal trial, from clerks and advocates to ushers and juniors. The event culminates in a mock trial, advocacy feedback and prizes for best performance.

Am I eligible to apply?

Students applying must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college

  • Be in Year 10 or in Year 11 (Key Stage 4) at the moment of application

  • Be living in Oxfordshire, Buchinghamshire, Berkshire, Swindon or Milton Keynes

  • Be interested in studying law or a pursue a legal career

In addition, preference will be given to students who are: 

  • The first generation in their family to attend university

  • From deprived postcodes as evidenced by POLAR, IMD or ACORN 

  • 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

Priority will be given to applications who meet the most criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost?
    The event is free and assistance with the cost of travel is available on request.  

  • I am studying at an independent school. Why can't I apply for Pathways to Law?
    The programme is designed to offer opportunities to students from under-represented backgrounds. There has been much research published regarding widening participation which has concluded that these students are mostly found in state schools.

  • How do I apply to attend these events in Year 10 or 11?
    We will liaise with local schools and teachers in the area to see if they'd like to take part. If you'd like your school to get involved, please email us at to register your interest.