Last week 150 sixth-formers congregated at the University of Warwick to attend the first-ever Pathways to Law National Conference. It marked the end of a 12-month programme of events, run by education charity the Sutton Trust and the College of Law, to encourage non privileged students to study law at university.
The College of Law has pledged to contribute £1.25m to the programme over the next five years. Also Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Lovells have pledged £350,000 to support the programme and will each offer 50 work experience placements a year for the next five years. Since then, Eversheds and Simmons & Simmons have also vowed to provide financial support to the diversity initiative.
Pathways is aimed at students from state schools who will be the first in their family to go on to higher education and who have expressed an interest in law. The students are selected by the five partner universities (Leeds, London School of Economics, Manchester, Southampton and Warwick) after their GCSE year and participate in the programme for the duration of their A levels, during which time they will attend workshops, participate in work placements and get teamed up with mentors.
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