Year 12 student, Nida Naqvi, has made an enviable start to her career in law after being selected to be Ralph Thoresby’s participant on Sutton Trust’s ‘Pathways to Law Programme’. 


The one year programme gives just 120 students from across the country unique exposure to the competitive legal industry from both an academic and commercial perspective. 


Nida is receiving intensive support from a current undergraduate, who acts as her e-mentor and who provides guidance on steps she must take to secure a place on an undergraduate degree at a top law school. Nida has already attended a series of academic sessions at Leeds University and enjoyed an access-all-areas tour of the Supreme Court in London. 


Before the end of her Y12 studies, Nida will also shadow a barrister, meet a judge at Leeds’ Crown court and take part in legal debates back at the university. The highlight of the programme is that Nida will complete a 5 day work experience at one of the city’s top practices, where she will draw on skills she has developed throughout the rest of the programme. 


In the Sutton Trust’s annual report, the success of the programme is outlined. From the 2013 cohort, more than 70% of students went on to study law at a Russell Group university and it is estimated a student is three times more likely to gain a place at a top law school after completing the programme. 


Stewart McGill, Assistant Headteacher, has commented ‘Nida has significant talent which she will bring to her university application, however, this programme is powerful in helping her to stand out as someone who is truly committed to the hard work this degree demands. It places her in good stead to secure positions on ‘Vacation Schemes’ with law firms in her first and second years at university. This is yet another example of the links we are building with the most prestigious Post-16 schemes in the country.’