Introduction to Pathways: Years 10-11

Introduction to Pathways is open to Year 10 and 11 state school students interested in law, banking or finance, who may subsequently want to apply for the Pathways schemes.


These events will give students the opportunity to spend time on campus exploring higher education and finding out more about law or finance-related degrees as well as legal and financial careers. Previous events have covered Medical Law and Genetics and the Law and Business of Commercial Dispute Resolution. 

Participants may apply to attend an annual Introduction to Law, Banking and Finance Conference in order to further develop their interest in these key subject areas. They will be encouraged to apply to the relevant Pathways programme in Year 12.

The Pathways to Law introduction is designed for students from Years 10 and 11 to give an insight into studying law at university, as well as a general understanding of university life and LSE. 

The Pathways to Banking and Finance introduction is for Year 11 students to get an insight into studying finance-related subjects at university. They will take part in academic and career sessions, and will have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field.

When and where does the scheme run?

Two introductory sessions will be held for law, and two for banking and finance, during the year, and the conference is held each June. All are on the LSE campus.

The two-hour sessions introduce the content and language of the social sciences to Year 10-11 students. Staff and LSE Student Ambassadors work with participants to explore the social sciences and their relevance to the big questions of the day. Participants will also find out about the full Pathways Scheme which they may apply for in Year 12.

LSE can accommodate up to 50 students per session, usually split between two or three schools.

The Law, Banking and Finance Conference will lead Year 10 and Year 11 participants through an engaging programme of lectures and workshops focused on law, banking and finance.

The following dates are currently available for 2017/18:

Introduction to Law:
Monday 22 January 2018
Tuesday 20 February 2018

Introduction to Banking and Finance:
Monday 5 Februrary 2018
Friday 23 February 2018

What activities are included?

In the sessions, subjects are introduced through 45-minute formal lectures by LSE academics. Topics are then discussed in small groups supported by LSE students.

At the conference, participants will:

  • Take part in taster lecture sessions run by LSE Law and LSE Finance academics
  • Get advice from current LSE undergraduate students
  • Network with professionals and experts in the field
  • Meet other students from across London interested in the same subject areas.

Are there any costs involved?

There is no charge for the introductory sessions, but schools need to arrange and pay for transport to / from the LSE campus.

The conference is free to attend and lunch will be provided. We offer travel reimbursement with a valid receipt.

How many school staff should accompany the pupils?

We ask that one or more members of staff accompany your group if selected to attend the scheme. We will confirm details of the number of staff required when we confirm the number of places but roughly one per group of 10-15 students. 

What training do LSE staff receive?

All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with LSE’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Who is eligible?

Please see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications are now open! Please click here to apply. If you have any questions about this scheme please contact or call 020 7955 7764.

Applications for the Law, Banking and Finance conference will open in March 2018 for students to apply individually; please revisit this page.

"I enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends. I also enjoyed the network sessions, especially when talking to student ambassadors because their advice really helped and make me more confident about my decisions."

"I liked that there were speakers there who were once in my position. It was nice that they can relate to my situation and help me through the obstacles I go through."

Introduction to Pathways participant