CoL extends Pathways to Law scheme to Bristol

The College of Law (CoL) has signed up the University of Bristol to its Pathways to Law diversity access programme.

Bristol University is the sixth institution to join CoL’s £1.5m scheme, which provides careers advice and mentoring to would-be lawyers from state schools across England.

CoL chief executive Nigel Savage said: “The college is an educational charity and through the Pathways to Law scheme, we’ll be working with Bristol University to provide opportunities for young people to work in the legal sector. We’re now calling on schools and law firms from the region to work with us on the scheme.”

The new collaboration with Bristol University is significant as it coincides with the college’s forthcoming launch in the city next September.

Pathways to Law was set up in 2007 by CoL and the Sutton Trust and already works with five partner universities, Leeds, London School of Economics, Manchester, Southampton and Warwick.

In a separate move CoL has appointed Professor David Yates, the former chief operating officer of Baker & McKenzie as the chairman of the college’s board of governors. Yates a member of the law faculty at Cambridge University takes over from Charles Plant who stepped down following his appointment as chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority board.