Win a GDL or LPC place

Do you dream of becoming a lawyer but cant 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


Win a GDL or LPC placeIn conjunction with BPP Law School, Lawyer 2B is running an essay competition with the fantastic prize 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 scholarship 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 2005 at any branch of BPP Law School (Leeds, London or Manchester). BPP, which is kindly donating these fantastic prizes, is one of the leading providers of legal education in the country, with close links to the profession. Its LPC holds an excellent rating from the Law Society and, from 2006, it will run the City LPC exclusively for a consortium of five of the UKs top firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May.

Carl Lygo, the chairman of BPPs Law Division, said: This competition is an excellent opportunity for BPP and Lawyer 2B to help two talented students who would otherwise find it financially difficult to study law at a top law school. Were looking forward to judging some high-quality entries.

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, 10 January. A shortlist of essays will be drawn up in January 2005 and an assessment day, which all shortlisted candidates must attend, will be held in February 2005.

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

A lunch and awards ceremony will be held in London in March 2005.
For further details about the competition and to enter, please go to the competition section on BPPs website at www.bpp.com/law.

The questions

Essay 1 for non-law graduates
‘The House of Lords has served Parliament and the country well and is not in need of reform.’ Discuss

Essay 2 for Law/CPE graduates
‘Rather than ensuring justice for the weak, powerless and vulnerable, the Human Rights Act 1998 has fuelled a compensation culture in which the real winners are the wrongdoers and the undeserving. The act should be repealed.’ Discuss


Terms and conditions

Essays must be submitted before 5pm on Monday, 10 January 2005. Entries received after this date will be ineligible.

Essays must be submitted electronically via the BPP website, www.bpp.com/law. No other method of submission is acceptable.

Candidates must take their place in September 2005.

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 fully referenced.

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 and course.

To enter go to www.bpp.com/law