Get your fees paid with L2B

Do you dream of studying law at university but can’t afford the tuition fees? For the first time Lawyer 2B has teamed up with BPP Law School to give away a free place on its LLB

All you have to do is prepare a 1,500 word article to appear on Lawyer2B.com on the following question:

“Our legal system’s stubborn refusal to extend the defence of necessity to doctors who wish to help someone die with dignity is an affront to justice.” Discuss.

Not only will the winner see their article published online, but they will also land a free place on BPP’s LLB for September 2013 at any of its centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London or Manchester.

The prize covers all programme fees, examination fees and a range of books and materials.

So get writing – the closing date for the submission of articles is Friday 17 May 2013.

Top tips for writing a winning article

Before attempting to put pen to paper, read articles in Lawyer 2B and other magazines to see how the professionals do it. Also, do not forget to check out last year’s winning entries, which can be found online at Lawyer2B.com.

Think about who reads Lawyer 2B. Is the subject relevant or will they switch off after the first paragraph? Remember the best features focus on topical or controversial issues.

All features must be based on real projects and not fiction.

If you plan to interview someone senior (for example the head of a charity), we recommend that, unless you know them,you contact their press office.

Get permission before quoting someone directly and include their job title. Put direct quotes in speech marks, for example: Lawyer 2B editor Christian Metcalfe says: “I’m very excited about reading the entries for this year’s competition.” Allow interviewees to check quotes for accuracy, but do not show them the finished article – you are the author, not them.

Stick to the word count. Articles that are too short or too long will be disqualified.

Terms and conditions

  • BPP is offering one prize: one free place on the LLB.
  • The places can be taken at any of BPP’s law school centres, but apply for September 2013 only. There is no cash alternative.
  • Articles must be submitted by email to lawyer2b@bpp.com no later than midnight on Friday 17 May 2013.
  • Articles sent to an incorrect email address or past the deadline will not be counted. No other form of entry will be accepted.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the outcome of the competition.
  • BPP and Lawyer 2B reserve the right to edit the winning articles.
  • Winners must agree to take part in any publicity BPP or Lawyer 2B requires.
  • Articles must be original work and any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification.
  • The full name, job title and organisation of everyone who has been interviewed for the purpose of the article must be provided.
  • Full consent must be obtained from all persons quoted in the article. BPP and Lawyer 2B reserve the right to contact such persons to fact-check their quotes, where appropriate.
  • Shortlisted entrants must be able to attend a final selection panel interview in London. If you are successful at getting to this stage but either fail to attend or are unable to attend due to, but not excluding other circumstances, holidays, sickness or work placements, you will forfeit your place on the course.
  • BPP and Lawyer 2B reserve the right to change the date of the final selection panel. Finalists will be notified as soon as possible should this occur.
  • Those called to the final selection panel will be provided with more detailed information of what will be involved nearer the time.
  • Winners must be available to attend publicity events. If unable to attend, the place will pass to the runner-up.
  • The winner must meet BPP’s admissions criteria (including residency) and have applied for a place at any of BPP’s law school centres.
  • Employees, and their immediate families, of BPP and Lawyer 2B and anyone connected with members of the judging panel are not eligible to enter the competition.

All articles must have a covering page, which must include the following:

  • A headline for the article
  • Total word count
  • Title, first and last names
  • Home and term-time addresses
  • Landline and mobile numbers, with the number for your main correspondence highlighted, and email address
  • For school students: school name, GCSE results and forecasted A-level results
  • For mature students: details of previous education, including results

Judging criteria:

  • Eye-catching headline
  • Clarity and style of writing
  • Research (paper-based and interviews)
  • Structure
  • Content and relevance to audience
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Engagement with audience