Win a GDL or LPC place

Win a GDL or LPC place

Do you dream of becoming a lawyer but can’t scrape together the tuition fees? Look no further, as Lawyer 2B has teamed up with BPP Law School to give away two free places on a GDL or LPC course

In conjunction with BPP Law School, Lawyer 2B is running another essay competition with the fantastic prizes of a free place on the GDL conversion course for non-law graduates and a free place on the LPC for law graduates at BPP. The prize will cover all course fees, examination fees and a range of books and materials. Winners can choose to take their place on the GDL or LPC in September 2006 at any branch of the law school. BPP, which is kindly donating these fantastic prizes, is one of the leading providers of professional legal education in the country, with law schools in Leeds, London and Manchester. With close links to the legal profession and an award-winning pro bono centre, BPP is the exclusive provider of the LPC to five of the UK’s top firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May. Carl Lygo, the chairman of BPP’s law division, said: “Last year’s winners were exceptional students and deserving winners. We’re delighted to support this competition again and encourage the next generation of outstanding legal talent.”

Non-law students who are seeking the GDL scholarship prize should write essay number one. Undergraduate law or CPE students seeking the LPC scholarship prize should write essay two. The closing date for the submission of essays (which must not exceed 2,000 words) is Monday 9 January 2006. A shortlist of essays will be drawn up in the same month and an assessment day, which all shortlisted candidates must attend, will be held in February 2006.

Candidates will be asked to give a brief presentation on their essay title to a panel comprising representatives from BPP, Lawyer 2B and law firms or chambers, and answer questions from the panel. The competition is only open to candidates whose GDL or LPC is not being sponsored.

A lunch and awards ceremony will be held in London in March 2006.

For further details about the competition and to enter, please go to the competition section on BPP’s website at


Essay 1 (for non-law graduates)’Identity cards are a price worth paying to protect security.’ Discuss

Essay 2 (for law/CPE graduates)’The only way to subvert a liberal society is to deny its citizens due process of law.’ Discuss

To enter, go to

Terms and conditions

Essays must be submitted before 5pm on Monday 9 January 2006. Entries received after this date will be ineligible.

Essays must be submitted electronically via the BPP website ( No other method of submission is acceptable.

Candidates must take their place in September 2006.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the outcome of the competition.

Candidates agree to the publication of their essay in Lawyer 2B and on BPP’s website.

Candidates undertake that essays submitted are their own work.

The maximum number of words is 2,000 (including footnotes, if any). Essays above this limit will be disqualified.

All essays must include a declaration of the number of words used.

All quotes must be referenced fully.

The criteria for assessment are:

  • Persuasiveness
  • Clarity
  • Research
  • Structure of argument
  • Content

Entrants must be able to attend the final selection panel in London. BPP will pay up to 60 towards the travel costs to London for the selection event (on production of receipts).

The competition is open only to students whose GDL or LPC is not being sponsored by any other source. A candidate who obtains sponsorship before the awards ceremony will be disqualified from the competition.

Competition winners must be able to attend the awards ceremony in London. If the first winner cannot attend the awards ceremony, the scholarship prize will pass to the runner-up.

All essays must include a covering sheet with the following information:

  • Essay number one or two
  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • University
  • Course