Edinburgh Law School is proud to work as part of the University’s wider Widening Participation team to provide opportunities to study Law to all students who show the potential to benefit and succeed on our programmes, regardless of their background.

Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland)

The Law School works with the University’s Access to the Professions in conjunction with Reach: Scotland programme. The programme works with students in 41 target schools across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Scottish Borders and Forth Valley to increase access to high demand professional areas including Law.

Eligible pupils in these target schools are supported from S4 to S6 throughout the entire research and university application process. The law strand of this project offers insights into the study of law, as well as into the various careers a law degree can take you into.. We hold many events for the pupils, including , career exploration events, subject exploration, taster lectures, workshops, opportunities to meet current law students,and priority invitations to public lectures held in the Law School – and more!

Find out more about Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland)

Primary and Early Secondary Years Initiative

A vital part of widening participation into higher education is the raising of aspirations of young people. As part of their work in this area, Student Recruitment and Admissions (SRA) run the Primary and Early Years Initiative. The schools we work with are Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC), Liberton High School, Leith Academy and their feeder primaries. In addition to these schools we also work with Colinton and Forthview primaries, making a total of 400+ pupils that work with us every academic year as part of the scheme. Edinburgh Law School offers subject workshops for pupils on both the primary and early secondary years programmes. At the primary level, the pupils are being introduced to law as a set of rules and tasked with coming up with some new laws. At the s1/s2 stage, the pupils are introduced to law in the wider context of the Courts and are given a taster session on the role of the courts and who works in them.

Other Programmes


The Law School contributes to the Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS) Summer School. The Director of the Student Experience has been part of the Academic Skills course marking team on LEAPS Summer School since 2009.

Find out more about LEAPS

The University Centre for Open Learning
This department offers excellent courses for those returning to study after a prolonged break, and for those preparing to start university, helping them to transition into university life and study.

Find out more about the Centre for Open Learning programmes

Support at University

Law Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (LawPALS)
As an official part of induction into Edinburgh Law School, weautomatically assigns all first year LLB students a place on the LawPALS programme. All first years are assigned to a group and attend weekly sessions led by trained Student Leaders from years above. LawPALS sessions are designed to support students in both academic and social transition into Edinburgh Law School.

There are separate groups for students studying the 4-year Honours LLB, the 2-year Graduate LLB and students who come to us for a year (or part of a year) as part of an Erasmus or Exchange programme.

Find out more about the LawPALS programme

Get Involved!

There are many ways students, graduates, solicitors, legal firms and organisations that employ solicitors can support Edinburgh Law School in its outreach and widening participation work.


  • Volunteer to help run workshops for local state school pupils.
  • Speak at one of our career exploration events.


  • Come and speak at one of our events for local state school pupils interested in studying law.
  • Become involved in our careers sessions aimed at current Edinburgh LLB students. These events vary and can be anything from a specific area of law to chatting about your role and how you came to be in it.

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