Seventy year 12 state school students from non-privileged backgrounds will attend a specialised law programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) next year under phase III of the Pathways to Law programme.
LSE is one of 12 universities across the country selected to deliver the Sutton Trust’s flagship legal access programme for the next four years and only one of two based in London.
Pathways to Law aims to inspire and support bright state school students aged 17 and 18 who come from non- privileged backgrounds, who are interested in pursuing a career in law. LSE’s tailored programme will not only give students a taste of the academic teaching they would receive as undergraduate law students at the School, but will provide practical support for those wanting a career in law as well as visits to key legal institutions.
The School has delivered Pathways to Law since 2006 and was shortlisted in the ‘Equality and Diversity’ category for the Law Society’s Excellence Awards in 2010. To date 350 students have graduated from the programme with many going on to study Law and other related degrees at LSE and other Russell Group institutions.
Students attending LSE’s Pathways to Law programme next year will attend LSE based academic sessions on legal issues and visit the Old Bailey, Supreme Court, Inner Temple and the Royal Courts of Justice. They will also have the opportunity to shadow current LSE undergraduate law students, receive personal statement and student finance sessions and receive advice on academic skills such as critical thinking, essay writing and research, as well as taking part in workshops on networking and personal branding.
Rosie Tattersall, Widening Participation Officer at LSE, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected to continue to run the Pathways to Law programme and look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students to LSE next year. It is important that we continue to reach academically gifted pupils who may, as a result of their educational background, not think that law is accessible to them. We hope the next year’s cohort will find LSE’s programme both informative and enriching, and will go on to be the next generation of lawyers.”
Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “We are delighted with the interest we had in running the next phase of Pathways which is a reflection of the positive reputation the programme has built up over the last six years. Pathways continues to be a great way for the profession to nurture and support talent it would not otherwise reach.”
More on LSE’s Pathways to Law progamme here.
Notes to editors
LSE and University College London are the two London based universities to be awarded funding for the Pathways to Law programme next year.
10 July 2013