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?

  • Be a student of a state school or college which is not fully selective
  • Be living in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Swindon or Milton Keynes
  • Have achieved at least 5 As at GCSE
  • Be either in the first generation of your family to attend university or have been eligible for Free School Meals in secondary school

How can I apply?

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