Pathways to Law graduation ceremony for sixth-form students at Nottingham Trent University

Sixth-form students who have completed the first-ever 'Pathways to Law' programme to be run jointly by the Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham have attended a special graduation ceremony.

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Guest speaker Amerdeep Somal

Local sixth-form students from schools across the East Midlands who have completed the first-ever 'Pathways to Law' programme to be run jointly by the Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham, have attended a special graduation ceremony.

The majority of the 32 students who have completed the two-year programme along with their families received their certificates and special awards at the ceremony.

Pathways to Law aims to provide students with an insight into studying a law degree as well as equipping them with the essential skills required to be successful within the legal profession.  The students benefit from a variety of activities including a work experience placement, a trip to the Inner Temple in London, advice and guidance sessions, taster lectures, e-mentoring and a national residential conference.

The programme encourages and supports social mobility within the legal profession and improves the opportunities for young people locally

David Woolley, Head of Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach

Guest speakers at the event included Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University and Amerdeep Somal, Solicitor and 'leading force for social justice', who is also Nottingham Trent University Alumna of the Year.

David Woolley, Nottingham Trent University's Head of Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach, said: "The Pathways to Law programme encourages and supports social mobility within the legal profession and improves the opportunities for young people locally who are interested in a career in law.  It is especially rewarding that all of the students who attended the graduation ceremony are currently holding offers from universities to embark upon undergraduate degree courses, many of which are in law."

Also attending the graduation ceremony were Janine Griffiths-Baker, Dean of Nottingham Law School; Dr Penelope Griffin, Head of Widening Participation, University of Nottingham; His Honour John Burgess QC; His Honour Michael Stokes QC and representatives from local law firms who have supported the programme over the past two years.

I have had the opportunity to take part in events and activities that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to experience

Jasmin Sahota, Pathways to Law student

One of the students who has graduated from the programme is Jasmin Sahota from the Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicester. She said: "I have gained invaluable skills, knowledge and support from participating in the programme. From the forensic science day to the visit to the Inner Temple in London, I have had the opportunity to take part in events and activities that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to experience.  The commercial law day gave us an insightful, interactive introduction to the work undertaken in a commercial law firm and inspired me to apply for and secure work experiences with commercial law firms."

Schools and colleges interested in participating in the programme should contact Joanna Welch, Programme Coordinator at Nottingham Trent University, on telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2007 or via email.

  • Notes for editors

    Press enquiries please contact Dave Rogers, Head of Communications, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 8782, or via email.

    Pathways to Law was established in 2007 by The Sutton Trust and The College of Law to improve access and social mobility within the legal profession. Since then, over 2,000 students have benefitted from participating in the Pathways programme. The programme is aimed at bright state school students from less privileged backgrounds, who are interested in pursuing a career in law.

    Students will be able to apply for the 2015/16 programme from August via the Sutton Trust website.

Pathways to Law graduation ceremony for sixth-form students at Nottingham Trent University

Published on 13 July 2015
  • Category: Press office; Nottingham Law School

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