Newcastle Law School

Pathways to Law Programme

Newcastle Law School is proud to have partnered with the Sutton Trust to deliver the first ‘Pathways to Law’ programme based in the North East of England. The programme runs over the full two years of A-Level study, and is aimed at students who are interested in studying law at university, or who would like to work in the legal profession upon graduating.

What is involved?

Students will be exposed to a variety of opportunities designed to try and given them all the information they need to make an informed choice as to whether or not they wish to pursue a degree, or career, in law. As well as a range of academic sessions and skills development workshops based in and around Newcastle, all participants will also benefit from the following opportunities:

  • A period of work experience in the legal sector;
  • A residential conference at the University of Warwick where you will meet Pathways students from all UK partner universities;
  • E-mentoring from current LLB students at Newcastle; and
  • 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 provided free of charge to all participants and transport will be provided to all events located away from the North East. Any transport costs incurred by travelling to/from Newcastle Law School will also be reimbursed.

Who is eligible?

We will recruit 35 students to participate in the programme. In order to be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • You must attend, and have always attended, a state funded, non fee-paying school and/or college;
  • You must be in Year 12 at the start of the programme; and
  • 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:

  • 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;
  • 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; and/or
  • Have been looked after or are in care

For more information on the Sutton Trust, general eligibility queries or to apply to the programme, please follow this link. Applications for the 2019-2021 programme are now closed. Applications for the 2020-2022 programme will open early in the next school year.

For more information on the specifics of our offerings at Newcastle, please e-mail