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?
    The application process for the 2019 workshop has now closed.