Widening Participation

The School of Law is committed to recruiting students from backgrounds that are typically under-represented in Higher Education and in the legal profession.

Over 1300 pupils have been involved in widening participation projects here at the School of Law. Many events involve student-centred learning activities to introduce Higher Education learning and teaching practice. All events are designed to inspire self belief and to empower pupils to fulfil their potential.

Together our initiatives provide a distinctive suite of events that successfully engage, involve, motivate and inspire pupils to realise their talent and ambitions.

Discover Law

Our sustained two year Discover Law programme targets pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to promote access to Russell Group universities and the legal profession as a whole. After taking part in the programme, which includes trips to courts, prisons and the university, participants are better prepared to continue their education. We also offer advice on a wide range of topics to parents and carers, including student finance and the support on offer.

Court in the Act

We also collaborate with South Yorkshire Police to bring Court in the Act events to the School of Law. Working with experts from the police, education welfare officers, the CPS and the probation service we have hosted over 500 pupils at interactive trials where participants play the part of both the audience and the jury. Such events educate pupils on the role of law in society and its impact on their lives.

Discovering Law Conference

Our Discovering Law Conference gives school and college pupils an insight into the legal profession and what it means to study Law at University. The conference was introduced to inspire a future in higher education.

A Level Teachers Conference

Well informed teachers support and motivate pupils. Our A Level Teachers Conference was introduced to allow knowledge transfer and to inform teachers of any changes to policy and procedures relating to their pupils accessing Law at HE level.