Pathways to Law

The national Pathways to Law scheme is run by The Sutton Trust and supports young people in pursuing an education and career in Law. The 2022 – 2024 programme will involve hybrid learning, with a blend of virtually and face-to-face activities. In person events and virtual events run alongside the resources on Sutton Trust Online, as well as e-mentoring with university aw students. Programme coordinators have worked hard to ensure that there are a range of offerings, so you can look forward to meeting students from across the UK, networking with professionals, and developing your skills.

The scheme offers a varied programme of events both on and off campus, as well as online. Students on the scheme get to meet and work with legal professionals and university Law students, attend a residential event at another participating Pathways to Law university, and undertake work experience in the legal sector.


Benefits of the Pathways to Law programme can include:

  • A one grade reduction in the entry requirements to all Law courses at The University of Manchester, and at some other participating partner universities;
  • An opportunity to build your CV and gain skills to help you stand out in the competitive legal sector;
  • The chance to network with solicitors, barristers, and other legal professionals;
  • Gain first-hand insights of life in the legal sector, and as a law student at the University.

How do I apply?

Students who are in Year 12 in September will be able to apply for Pathways to Law at Manchester from August to October via the Sutton Trust Pathways to Law website.


To apply for a place on the programme, you must:

  • Live in Greater Manchester or study at an institution in Greater Manchester;
  • Demonstrate an interest in Law;
  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non-fee-paying school or college.

In addition, the more of the following criteria you meet the more likely you are to be offered a place on the programme:

  •  Have achieved five grades 9 – 6 at GCSE, including English and Mathematics. A minimum of two of these qualifications should be at grades 9 – 7. This is equivalent to five GCSEs at A* – B in the old system, with two grades at A* – A;
  • Would be the first generation in their family to attend university;
  • Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school;
  • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for free school meals;
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education or a high level of socio-economic deprivation;
  • Have been looked after or in care.

Find out more

To find out more information on the Pathways to Law scheme, including the full eligibility criteria and application deadlines, please visit the Pathways to Law University website.


This information is accurate as of July 2022 and is subject to change.

Watch a short video on Pathways to Law here for more information.