Future Stars Programme

What is the Future Stars Programme?

Manchester Law Society’s Educational Foundation Trust is thrilled to introduce its new Future Stars Programme.  This is a brand-new Programme to support people wishing to enter the legal profession in the Manchester, Salford and surrounding areas, by offering practical and financial support.  No prior legal experience or qualifications are required – just a keen interest in the law and a genuine commitment to a future career in law.

The Programme will admit up to 10 Future Stars annually who may otherwise find it difficult to enter the legal profession as a result of financial or other disadvantages. 

The Programme will provide access to:

  • Building Relationships by meeting local lawyers and legal professionals and gaining experience in local law firms and barristers’ chambers
  • Training in a variety of areas such as interview techniques, practical law skills and beyond
  • Mentoring provided by lawyers in the Manchester/Salford area
  • Support throughout the programme, including practical and financial support for things like travel costs, workwear, IT provisions and text books


The Future Stars Programme is designed for those living in the Manchester, Salford or surrounding areas and who have a genuine interest in a career in the law. Applicants will need to demonstrate a need for practical and / or financial support in progressing their future career in the law, together with a genuine commitment to pursuing a career in the law.

Successful applicants will be entitled to apply for financial support from the Education Trust throughout the duration of their education, which can be used, by way of example, towards travel costs, workwear, IT provisions and textbooks.

The Programme will also entitle successful applicants to a broad range of hands-on experience through individual mentoring, training programmes and exposure to law firms and barristers’ chambers. The Programme is, however, designed to provide successful applicants with the best chance at success and will therefore be tailored to each individual as appropriate.

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form here or if you prefer you can download a version here. The application form will ask you to provide a reference which could be from a teacher, manager, tutor, social worker, leaving-care worker, support worker or youth leader. If you have any questions or concerns about providing a referee, please contact us on the details below.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13th September 2024 at 17:00.

If you need any assistance with the application form, or have any questions relating to the eligibility requirements, please contact email [email protected] or call 0161 667 8086 and we would be happy to chat to you and provide some further information.


We understand that you may have questions about how the programme and we hope to answer them here.

    Is there an age range for this programme?

    No - this is open to anyone who is not yet a qualified solicitor or barrister and would like to access the programme.

    I am from outside of Manchester/Salford but I am studying locally - am I eligible?

    Yes. This is for anyone from Manchester or Salford and those planning to work in the cities.

    Can I post in my application?

    Yes there is a downloadable version of the online form which can be returned by post or email. If you are posting your application please ensure you allow enough time for it to be delivered.

    I work at a law firm - how can I support this initiative?

    Lots of ways! Perhaps you could be a mentor, offer work experience or work shadowing, speak at an event or donate to the fund. Contact [email protected] to let us know how you'd like to support. Pease also pass on details of the programme to your local schools, teachers and parents.