Pathways students

Nick Middleton

National Cohort 8, Exeter Cohort 2 [2014-2016]

I am delighted to have been a part of such a brilliant programme for the past two years, in which during this time I have gained valuable skills that are an absolute necessity in any professional working environment. The wealth of opportunities provided throughout the course included thought-provoking lectures on contentious issues, delivered by leading academics in their respective fields of study. The debating and negotiating workshops helped me to strengthen my confidence, and the skills gained can be easily transferred to the workplace, giving me an edge over other candidates. For a job sector as competitive as the legal industry, it is of vital importance that you gain exposure early on in your educational career, and thanks to Pathways to Law I can say with confidence that I have.

For any student aspiring for a career in the legal industry, Pathways to Law is an incredible opportunity not to be passed up. Whilst enrolled on the programme I was lucky enough to have a week long work experience placement at leading city law firm Ashfords Solicitors in Exeter, in which I was able to experience first-hand the inner workings of a busy law firm. From day one I was treated as a valued member of the team and as a result a certain level of responsibility was placed upon my shoulders, to which I found genuinely thrilling. One task that I found particularly exciting was when I was given the opportunity to carry out my own research task that would then be used in a current case that my department was working on. It was this thrill of working co-operatively to achieve one common goal that made my time there ever more enjoyable. This fantastic opportunity simply would not have been possible without the combined guidance and support from both Pathways to Law and our co-ordinator, to which I am extremely appreciative.

The E-mentoring scheme available to all participating Pathways students has proved to be very useful with regards to university applications and advice on admissions tests. For a young student it can be daunting to speak to a lecturer or admissions tutor,  and therefore being able to communicate with a fellow student makes the whole process a lot more comfortable.

In closing, I just wish to express my deepest gratitude for being able to be a part of this amazing programme, and I have no doubts that I will look back at this experience in years to come with very fond memories. Any student interested in a career in the law should seriously consider Pathways to Law, as the opportunities and guidance made available are unparalleled, and the skills you learn will stand you in good stead in what is a very competitive yet rewarding industry. 

Nick completed his GCSE’s at St Luke’s Science and Sports College before studying Sociology, Law and Geography A level’s at Exeter College.