Pathways to Law (Years 12-13)

Pathways to Law

Pathways to Law was set up in 2006 by the Sutton Trust and the College of Law (now the Legal Education Foundation) to widen access to the legal profession.  The Pathways scheme delivers a varied programme of lectures, seminars, advice and guidance sessions, skills development workshops and interaction with undergraduate students and professionals through e-mentoring and a legal work placement.

The programme

Students join Pathways to Law in year 12 and continue through to the end of year 13. Students on the programme are invited to attend LSE based academic sessions on legal issues as well as a diverse range of topics including choosing and applying to university, CV and interview techniques, subject-specific revision sessions and workshops on different areas of the law.  Students will also visit the Supreme Court, Inner Temple and the Royal Courts of Justice.  In addition they will take part in work experience in the legal sector as well as receiving e-mentoring from LSE undergraduate law students.


The LSE Pathways to Law programme has 70 places available to students in London.

Who should apply?

You should consider applying for a place on Pathways to Law if you are in Year 12 and are interested in following a career in law.

To be eligible for the programme you must meet the following criteria:
• Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
• Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme
• Have achieved 5 A* – B grades at GCSE (with a minimum of 2 A* or A grades), including grades 9 – 6 in Mathematics and English
• Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university to which they are applying

and should meet criteria from at least 3 of the following 4 baskets:

Basket 1
Have been eligible or be in receipt of Free School Meals during secondary school and/or the 16-19 bursary and/or the Pupil Premium

Basket 2
Be the first generation in your family to attend university

Basket 3
Attend a school or college with a low overall A level points score and/or low levels of progression to university

Basket 4
Live in an area with low progression to university and/or live in an area with high levels of socio-economic deprivation

In addition, priority will be given to students who are (or have been) looked after or accommodated in care. Priority will also be given to young carers. Students will be allocated a place at either LSE, University of Roehampton or Queen Mary University of London. Students will not be able to apply to a particular university, although consideration will be given to any preference expressed in the personal statement.

How to apply

Applications for 2017-18 are now closed. Applications for 2018-19 will open in September 2018. 

If you are in Year 10 or 11 and would like a taser of the Pathways to Law programme before applying in Year 12, please see information on our Introduction to Pathways Programmes.


Further Information

If you have any questions please contact

More information about the programme can be found on the Pathways to Law website