We know that Law is quite a competitive industry, therefore we’re offering students in Year 12/Level 3 Year 1 the opportunity to explore opportunities that will give you the chance to build your skills, networking and confidence before you embark on your university studies within Law. This opportunity is available to students who meet the eligibility criteria (see below). 

Why should you sign up? 

  • Network with employers in the industry, via our employer visits

  • Start to build skills and a network for your future career

  • Participate in mock trials and negotiations

  • Meet law students and legal professionals

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What will I take part in? 

The programme will take place starting March until July 2024, where you will be expected to attend the following sessions outlined below, to get the most out of this opportunity.

Taster lecture, workshop activities led by current UEA academics and students.  Will include a mix of legal process and criminal law.
Location: Campus (meet at Sportspark)
Attendance: Required

With a focus on employment and corporate law with a negotiation exercise plus a chance to practice advocacy building on the case from earlier in the month.
Location: Campus
Attendance: Required

Working with Allen and Overy LLP – a major international law firm who offer an amazing work experience opportunity.
Location: Either campus or online TBC 
Attendance: Optional​​​

Working with our employer partners, visiting a Solicitors office and/or Inns of Court.
Location: Norwich or London
Attendance: Optional


“I took part in UEAs law program when I hadn’t yet made a decision as to what university I wanted to attend. I enjoyed every day spent on the program! It allowed me an insight into the course content, structure, teaching style, and extra curricular activities available within the law school! Since starting Law at UEA I have realised the program really improved my confidence and has pushed me too join in on competitions ran by the school which have been amazing! Fantastic opportunity!” 


Applications close 9 February 2024.

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  • 6th March 2024

  • 25th March 2024

  • Date TBC April 2024

  • Date TBC July 2024

  • Live in Norfolk or live in a surrounding county and have a home postcode starting with NR or PE.  

  • Be currently attending a state school or college in Year 12 or Level 3 Year 1 studying A-Levels, BTECs, an Access Course (or a mixture).  

  • Be from one, or more, of the following groups:   

    • Live in an area where Higher Education progression is at the lowest rates (Quintiles 1 and 2).   

    • Eligible within the past 6 years for free school meals or eligible for 16 – 19 bursary 

    • A mature student, defined as students aged 21 or over when starting their undergraduate studies, with no previous university experience.  

    • Have a disability such as a social/communication impairment, serious visual or hearing impairment, mental health condition, long-standing health condition, specific learning difficulty or physical impairment or mobility issues. 

    • Have care experience or are estranged.  Care experience means that you are or have been in local authority care. Estrangement means students that do not have the support of a family network.   

    • Be a full time or part time young carer. 

    • Identify as one of the following ethnic groups 

      • Arab, 

      • Asian or Asian British – Bangladeshi, 

      • Asian or Asian British – Pakistani, 

      • Black or Black British – African, 

      • Black or Black British – Caribbean, 

      • Chinese, 

      • Gypsy or Traveller, 

      • Irish Traveller, 

      • Mixed – White and Asian, 

      • Mixed – White and Black African, 

      • Mixed – White and Black Caribbean, 

      • Other Asian background, 

      • Other Black background, 

      • Other Mixed background 

    • Come from a family where no parent or guardian has attended Higher Education. 

    • Students studying at least one Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQ) such as BTEC or T-Levels

  • You are required to have both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4. If you are planning on retaking GCSEs to achieve this level, you are still eligible to apply, but need to outline this in your application.  

  • Be interested, or potentially interested, in a future legal career.   

If you have any queries about the eligibility criteria, please get in touch.

The legal profession is a competitive one. There are many opportunities nationally and internationally for students to have wildly successful careers, but the expectation from major firms is that law students will hit the ground running gaining experience and participating in competitions and networking sessions from their first year. There is no need to have family or friends already in law, but a network sure helps.  This programme is designed to support students thinking about law to get a taste for this and start to build that valuable network.