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Discover Law

Law affects almost everything we do, whether buying a bus ticket, downloading something from the internet or talking on our mobile phones. Law is the body of rules and regulations that is used to govern a society and the behaviour of its members. It protects our rights from abuse and punishes those who commit crime. If you are interested in making a contribution to a fair society and defending our rights, then a career in law can be very rewarding

All Discover Law students will get a feel for what studying law at university is really like over two years, as well as an insight into law as a career. Here you will learn about what university is like from our current Law undergraduates.

This pathway is for students who meet specific Academic and Widening Participation (WP) criteria from state schools within South Yorkshire and the surrounding region. See 'How to apply' section below for more information.

Adjusted offer

Students who successfully complete the pathway will be eligible for a conditional adjusted offer for degrees at the University of Sheffield, with the exception of degrees in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

What's involved?
Year 12 Year 13
  • Join us for a welcome event where we’ll tell you all about the pathway
  • Experience real life cases in a Sheffield law court and meet a judge
  • Get careers information from legal professionals at our Discovering Law Conference
  • Experience a three day residential summer school to give you a taste of life as a Law Student.
  • Discover all the law degree courses on offer and decide which could suit you best
  • Apply for a law work placement
  • Participate in revision and academic study skills workshops to help with the transition to university
  • Be allocated your own student e-mentor who will support you with the key decisions you'll be making.

  • Get expert guidance on applying to university and student finance at our UCAS workshop
  • Visit a major European Law firm in London
  • Examine how ex-offenders are rehabilitated into society through a research workshop
  • Continue developing revision and academic study skills and accessing dedicated student e-mentor support.
  • Join us for a Celebration event to recognise your success

Who can participate?

This pathway is for students who meet specific Academic and Widening Participation (WP) criteria from state schools within South Yorkshire and the surrounding region.

Academic criteria WP Criteria (meet both) WP Criteria (additional - between one and all of the following)

A Level (or equivalent) requirements:

  • No specific subject requirements but should be studying at least 3 A Levels or relevant equivalent and at least 2 should be on the University’s acceptable subject list.

Acceptable subjects information

  • Attend a State School
  • Are in the first generation of their family to enter HE (other than siblings, or parents who attended HE as a mature student)
  • Are from a low progression to HE area and the lowest socio-economic groups
  • Are a Looked After Child/Young Adult Carer/Estranged student
  • Are a student with a declared disability

GCSE requirements:

  • Min. 5 A*-B (or 9-6), plus a minimum of C (4) in English if not already included.

Pupils who meet the academic criteria and one or more of the following criteria will be prioritised for participation on this pathway:

  • Are from a low progression to HE area and the lowest socio-economic groups
  • Are a Looked After Child/Young Adult Carer/Estranged student
  • Are a student with a declared disability
  • Have individual circumstances that mean they will need to overcome other barriers to learning/progression. (We will assess this element on an individual basis, based on the information provided by the school)
How to apply

If you have the potential to achieve good grades at A Level or equivalent and would either be in the first generation of your family to go into Higher Education, or you are a Looked after Child, look after someone in your family or have a declared disability, you may qualify to apply for the pathway.

Talk to the head of your sixth form or your course leader to find out. They will tell you if you are eligible based upon the criteria and information we have provided for them.

You and your parents or carers will then need to complete the online application form, via your registered school/college coordinator.


Note: Taking part in Discover Law shows commitment and could enhance your university application. However, it does not guarantee you a place at university. Places are subject to availability and you can only be registered on one sustained Outreach programme at the University of Sheffield at any one time.