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.
In partnership with Rare Recruitment, we run the following events year-round:
• for Year 9 and 10 students – workshops
• for Year 11 students – an insight day
• for Year 12 and 13 students – a development programme that includes in-person and virtual mentoring, university visits, CV and interview practice, plus three days of work experience at the firm involving corporate case studies, commercial awareness exercises, panel discussions, skills sessions, networking opportunities and group presentations
Apply from September each year.
Who can apply for Ladder to Law?
Students in Years 9,10 and 11 at the Ladder to Law partner schools listed below.
Students in years 12 and 13 at state schools in the UK who are from lower income backgrounds (e.g. eligible for free school meals between age 11 and 16, or grew up in a household where no parent/guardian went to university.)
The Ladder to Law partner schools are:
Acland Burghley School
Barking Abbey School
City and Islington College
Didcot Girls School
Hamstead Hall Academy
La Sainte Union School
Lilian Baylis School
New College, Leicester
St Gabriel’s College
St Martin in the Fields Academy
St Peter’s School, Huntingdon
Each partner school receives:
• one Year 9 workshop with 30 places
• one Year 10 workshop with 30 places
• one Year 11 insight day for five students and one member of staff
• one place on the development programme for a Year 12 or 13 student
There are 24 places on the Year 12 and 13 development programme. The places not taken up by partner schools are open to students from lower income backgrounds who attend a state school in the UK.
Make sure you:
• are in Year 12 or 13 at a UK state school
• were eligible for free school meals between the ages of 11 and 16 (i.e. pupil premium)
• grew up in a household where no parent/guardian had attended university
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.
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
To learn more about the programme and eligibility details, and to apply, please check out the Sutton Trust's website.