Scheme pushes for state school lawyers

THE COLLEGE of Law and charity the Sutton Trust have donated 1.5m to a scheme to attract non-public school students into the law.

Named ‘Pathways to Law,’ the project has been established after research, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, found former public school pupils continue to dominate the legal profession.

Targeting 15 and 16-year-old state school pupils whose families have not attended university, the scheme will mentor them through higher education.

It will introduce the students to contacts in the legal world, leading to work experience with firms and barristers chambers.

It is anticipated that 750 pupils a year will be aided by the system by 2010. The college donated 1.25m to the scheme, with the Sutton Trust donating 250,000.

College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage said: “This is what distinguishes the college from our competitors. We’re not about shareholder values we’re investing in the future of the profession.”

The research showed that more than half the partners at top firms and two-thirds of barristers are privately educated.