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Ladder to Law programme 

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We launched our unique Ladder to Law programme in January 2010 in the London office, in response to the 2009 report by the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, chaired by Alan Milburn.

Through our Ladder to Law programme we target local schools outside the traditional 'City' catchment area, reaching out to students of all ethnic backgrounds at schools where a high percentage of the pupils are on free school meals and are likely to be the first in their family to go to university. We aim to give them an insight in to what studying law would be like.

We currently have ten schools involved in the Ladder to Law programme and organise activities with students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The programme is tailored to each school and offers a different activity for each year group. 

Year 10 – an interactive debating workshop which is designed to show the students that they already have many of the skills needed to become a solicitor.  

Year 11 – an open day for selected students from each school designed to give a more detailed insight into what being a lawyer involves, and information on the path to becoming a lawyer.

Year 12 - one-week work experience placement in conjunction with Vodafone for a select number of students from each school, which follows the criteria set for the PRIME commitment. 

How to get involved

Due to limited capacity, we are unable to host any students or partner with additional schools outside of the ten schools below we currently work with:

  • Ashcroft Academy
  • Bacon's College
  • Barking Abbey School
  • Lillian Bayliss
  • Paddington Academy
  • Pimlico Academy
  • Quintin Kynaston School
  • St Martin-in-the-Fields High School
  • St Augustine's CE High School
  • Sydenham School

If you are associated with another school, please refer to the PRIME Commitment website for further information on alternate school age initiatives and work experience placements throughout London   

If you are associated with one of the above schools and would like further information on the Ladder to Law programme, please contact Michelle Ruddle:

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Tel - 020 7296 2000

Please note that we are not able to offer individual work experience placements to students outside the Ladder to Law programme.  

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