We have followed the progress of our cohort 8 Pathways to Law students for two years, providing them with sessions on vital skills, introductions to various aspects of the legal profession, and work experience, all with the aim of supporting them to make an informed choice about undergraduate study and a career in law afterwards. This summer their journey came to an end, as they finished their A-level studies and their time with us, and prepare to head off to university, a gap year, or work. What better way to round off the programme than with a graduation ceremony in the sunshine?


St Catherine’s hosted us again for this, our second Pathways to Law graduation, and we were once again lucky to have good weather for tea on the lawn. Before the tea, we held separate sessions for the students and their parents and carers, collecting feedback to help us improve the programme for future years and learning more about their intended destinations and pathways into law. 

This was followed by a speech from the Pathways Co-ordinator, Jude Hammond, full of thanks for all those who have supported us throughout the programme, from the parents and carers to our generous benefactors. Professor Ed Peel then spoke brilliantly on why he thought such programmes were important, and presented the certificates to our graduating class. Prizes were also announced for the Most Outstanding Student and the Best Final Essay (on the theme of ‘My Pathways Journey’). Hands shaken and photos taken, we ended the afternoon with tea on the lawn.

It was a wonderful end to our two years with these students, and so rewarding to hear their plans for the future and the part Pathways to Law had played in those plans. We wish all of our cohort 8 the very best of luck as they move to the next adventure. 

Our Pathways to Law programme is part of the scheme set up by the Sutton Trust and the Legal Education Foundation, with support from major law firms. Our outreach work, and the Pathways to Law programme here at Oxford, is funded in part by a generous donation from Maitland Chambers.