Pathways to Law

Pathways to Law is an innovative and exciting programme which provides fantastic opportunities for sixth form students who are interested in Law. This unique programme is organised by The Sutton Trust, funded by the Legal Education Foundation, and offered at 12 UK partner universities, including the University of Exeter. We are excited to be able to offer places on Pathways to Law as a strand of Exeter Scholars – but please note that, as Pathways is also part of a national programme, some of the activities and aspects of the programme will be a little bit different from other subject activity strands.


9 x full-day events, to take place between December 2018 and December 2019.

Session 1 Wednesday 12th December 2018 10:00–15:30 Streatham Campus Introduction to The English Legal System & Sources of Law
Session 2 Saturday 19th January 2019 10:00–15:30 Streatham Campus Client Interviewing & Networking
Session 3 Wednesday 13th February 2019 10:00–15:30 Streatham Campus Pre-Placement Day
    February half term     Work Placements
  Wednesday 27th February 2019


(Excl. travel time)

University of Bristol

Visit to University of Bristol.

Meet at Exeter St David's station at 09:45. 

Session 4 Tuesday / Wednesday

5th / 6th March 2019

10:00–15:30 Streatham Campus Visit to Exeter Legal Institutions
    Easter holiday     Work Placements
Session 5 Wednesday 26th June 2019 10:15–15:30 Streatham Campus Future Choices – Choosing a University, Personal Statements, & Introduction to LNAT
  Monday–Thursday 22nd–25th July 2019   University of Warwick National Conference
    Summer holiday     Work Placements
Session 6 Wednesday 11th September 2019 10:00–15:30 Streatham Campus Personal Statements & Preparing for University Interviews
Session 7 Wednesday 16th October 2019 13:00–16:00 Penryn Campus

Academic Sessions

Session 8 Wednesday 20th November 2019 10:00–15:30 Streatham Campus Academic Law Sessions & Law Fair
Session 9 Friday 6th December 2019*** 10:00–15:30 Streatham Campus Academic Sessions
  Tuesday 11th February 2020 12:00–16:00 London

Visit to Inner Temple, London*

Please note: Time does not include travel

   Wednesday 25th March 2020 17:00–19:00 Streatham Campus Pathways to Law Graduation****

* not a core event but strongly recommended for those wishing to pursue a career as a barrister.
** not a core event.
*** Please note this date has changed from the original listing. Please contact us if you have any problems.
**** Cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. Please see our homepage for further information. 

Sessions will take place on a variety of days during term-time, and some sessions will be on Saturdays.

As well as the university sessions, Pathways to Law students will complete a law-related work experience placement lasting 3-5 days, during the school holidays. This usually takes place in February half-term but may take place during Easter or the Summer holidays. The exact dates will be confirmed as far in advance as possible.

Students will be allocated their own undergraduate law student as an on-line e-mentor, and are strongly encouraged to actively engage in this unique opportunity to have 1:1 support available throughout the programme. In addition to supporting the on-line e-mentoring scheme, Pathways mentors will also support academic sessions and trips throughout the year so will be available in person to help and support all students at these types of events, both on and off-campus.

Activity Locations

Most events will take place at the University of Exeter Streatham campus, with one academic session in Penryn, a visit to the Courts in Exeter, and the opportunity to attend a residential at the University of Warwick. Other optional trips may be made available during the programme.

Transport will be provided for events which take place outside of Exeter, with the exception of work experience placements.

Subject Activity Strand Content

The Pathways to Law programme is made up of a number of activities which are common to all Pathways universities:

  • Academic sessions at The University of Exeter
  • Networking and skills sessions such as Client Interviewing, and expert advice and guidance on applying to university and your UCAS application
  • Visits to local legal institutions and other Pathways to Law universities
  • Work experience at a law firm, law courts, barristers chambers or in-house legal team
  • National Conference – this residential conference brings together Pathways to Law students from across the country to take part in a wide-ranging programme of academic and social activities
  • E-mentoring – you will be assigned an undergraduate law student as a mentor who will provide help and support throughout your time as a Pathways to Law student.


This subject activity strand has contributions from the following degree programmes:

  • LLB Law
  • LLB Law with European Study
  • LLB English Law and French Law
  • LLB Law with Business
  • BBL Bachelor of Business & Laws

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this subject activity strand.

Pass Criteria

To successfully complete Pathways to Law, you must attend 6 of the 9 core sessions, and successfully complete a work placement in a legal setting for 3–5 days.