Work Experience

Work Experience

We believe everyone should have access to a career in law, so our work experience programmes offer just that. There are two of them: our bespoke Ladder to Law programme which we run in partnership with Rare Recruitment; and the Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law programme.

Ladder to Law

Hogan Lovells runs the Ladder to Law programme in partnership with Rare, a diversity specialist. 

This year, Hogan Lovells will be running two Ladder to Law development programmes for students currently in Year 12. One programme will be targeted at Black students (including students of mixed race with Black heritage) wishing to pursue a career in commercial law. The other programme will be aimed at students who attend, or have attended, Ladder to Law Partner Schools. 

Both development programmes will stretch across Years 12 and 13, and will include mentoring from Hogan Lovells lawyers, networking opportunities, and commercial awareness exercises. Rare will offer students advice and support with applying to university and writing their UCAS applications. 

At the end of Year 13, students on both programmes will also take part in a work experience programme from Hogan Lovells. Students will also receive support to help them make competitive applications to first-year opportunities at Hogan Lovells once they begin university. 

We will also be running virtual workshops for Years 9, 10 and 11 pupils at Ladder to Law Partner Schools in 2021. 


Who can apply to Ladder to Law?

To be eligible to apply, students must meet one of the following sets of criteria:

Be in Year 12 and attending a UK state school 
Identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, or Mixed Black Heritage


Be in Year 12 and attending a UK state school 
Be attending, or have attended, a Ladder to Law Partner School:

The Ladder to Law partner schools are:

Acland Burghley School
Ashcroft Academy
Bacon’s College
Barking Abbey School
City and Islington College
Didcot Girls School 
Hamstead Hall Academy
La Sainte Union School
Lilian Baylis School
New College, Leicester
Pimlico Academy
St Gabriel’s College
St Martin-in-the-Fields Academy
St Peter’s School, Huntingdon

Be eligible for free school meals between the ages of 11 and 16 (i.e. pupil premium);


Grew up in a household where no parent or guardian had attended university 


How many Ladder to Law spaces are there?

There will be 24 spaces in total across both development programmes. A maximum of 10 spaces will be awarded to applicants from Ladder to Law Partner Schools.  

Pathways to Law

In partnership with the Sutton Trust, we also run Pathways to Law during the February half term break each year. 

This involves a week’s work experience at the firm with panel discussions, corporate case studies, commercial awareness exercises, skills sessions and networking opportunities tailored to the 20 year 12 students who join us. 

Who can apply for Pathways to Law?

The programme currently runs at a number of universities.

To apply, you need to:

• Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
• Be in year 12 at the start of the programme
• Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university you are applying to. This will normally be one hour’s travel time each way. Please note, although this year’s programme will begin online, we hope to move to face-to-face programming once feasible.
• Be the first in your family to attend university


Apply for the Pathways to Law development programme

To learn more about the programme and eligibility details, and to apply, please check out the Sutton Trust's website.