The Pathways to Law programme was set up in 2006 by The Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation (LEF), with support from major law firms, to inspire and support academically-able students in year 12 and 13 from non-privileged backgrounds interested in a career in law.


Pathways to Law was established to widen access to the legal profession. It followed on from research by the Trust which showed that the top echelons of the profession were drawn from a narrow range of social backgrounds – and law firms were not making full use of the talents of students from non-privileged homes. 2,000 students have already benefitted from the programme, which is the largest access initiative of its type.

Thanks to a generous grant of £1.2m from The LEF, matched by a further £1.2m from leading law firms and universities, another 1,200 students will take part in Pathways over the next four years.