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Pathways to Law Programme

We're proud to be the first Pathways to Law programme in North East England.

Get on the path to a Law degree and career

Newcastle Law School are working in partnership with the Sutton Trust.

We're delivering the first ‘Pathways to Law’ programme based in North East England.

The programme runs over the full two years of A-Level study.

It's for students keen to study law, or work in the legal profession upon graduating.

What's involved?

Students enjoy activities that help them make an informed choice about a degree, or career, in law. We offer a range of academic sessions and skills workshops in and around Newcastle. Participants enjoy:

  • work experience in the legal sector
  • a residential conference at the University of Warwick (meeting other Pathways students)
  • E-mentoring from current LLB students at Newcastle
  • a visit to ‘Legal London’, centred around a visit to Inner Temple – one of the four Inns of Court.

Is there any cost?

No. The programme is free of charge to all participants. Transport's provided to all events located away from the North East. We'll reimburse any transport costs incurred by travelling to/from Newcastle Law School.

Who is eligible?

We will recruit 35 students to take part in the programme. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school and/or college.
  2. You must be in Year 12 at the start of the programme.
  3. You must live within a reasonable commuting distance of Newcastle Law School.

In addition, we are particularly interested in students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Have achieved five GCSEs at grades 9-6, 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.
  2. Would be the first generation in their family to attend university.
  3. Have been in receipt of free school meals while at secondary school.
  4. 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.
  5. Have been looked after or are in care.

Find out more or apply

Visit Sutton Trust, for more information or apply to the programme. The closing date for applications for the 2023-2024 programme is the 10th of November 2023.

For more information on our offering at Newcastle, e-mail

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