CHESTER College of Law is part of a programme which has enabled 250 students from across the country to prove law is open to everyone, irrespective of their backgrounds.
The students were part of a Pathways to Law conference at Warwick University, for young people from non-privileged backgrounds, wanting to pursue a professional legal career.
The initiative is co-funded by the College of Law and the Sutton Trust, with a collective investment of £1.5m to develop a national programme to shake up the long-standing notion of law being a career choice solely for the wealthy.
Despite moves to make law more accessible to all, 75% of UK-educated judges are educated in the fee-paying sector and the same is true of 68% of barristers in Britain.
The Pathways to Law event involved students who took part in a packed three-day programme. The students were split into groups and had to pull presentations together on hot issues such as the death penalty, knife crime and civil law versus religious law.
Tricia Chatterton, North West regional director of the College of Law, said: “This is a major educational investment to overthrow common perceptions of law as an elitist career choice.
“At the College of Law we are committed to supporting young people from all backgrounds to ensure they have access to a career in law. With support from top law firms and universities, this programme will nurture the professionals of tomorrow and give them opportunities they might not have thought existed.”