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Thank you for applying to study the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at The City Law School. Our applicant page will keep you updated with all the information you need to know about your GDL application. We'll tell you about latest news from the School, key dates and deadlines, and what happens next with your application.

We are one of the longest running providers of the Graduate Diploma Course and are renowned in the profession for the quality of our teaching and the quality of our students. Our course will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to go on to the professional stage of legal training (LPC or BPTC).

Key dates and deadlines

Graduate Diploma in Law September 2016 intake
The course commences on 19 September 2016.

Your application - What happens now?

If you have applied, you should have hear from the School within two weeks of your application. If you have any questions about your application, please contact us.

I've been made an offer- what do I do need to do next?

Accept your place

To accept your place with us you need to:

  • return your acceptance form
  • pay the deposit (details are sent with offers)

Conditional offers

If your offer is conditional, you need to provide evidence that you have met the conditions of your offer before you can formally enrol on the programme in September.

Keep your contact details up to date

Before you start your GDL with us, we will be contacting you throughout the summer to let you know about all the latest news from the School.

You will receive induction information by email in August, and be invited to register online in early September (providing you hold an unconditional offer).


If you are moving to London to study the GDL and need a place to live, the City's Student Centre provides advice about finding accommodation. More information can be found by visiting the Student Centre.

Student Visas

If you are an international student and you need a visa for the course, please visit our international student pages for guidance.

Preparing for the GDL

If you would like to start preparing for the GDL, a good general introduction would be to read:

Learning the Law by Glanville Williams
edited by A.T.H. Smith (13th Rev. ed.)
ISBN 0421925507.

Frequently asked questions

How much is the deposit payment and is it refundable?

The deposit payment is £500 and is non-refundable after 7 days.

How is the course structured?

The GDL consists of seven two hour lectures a week and seven one hour tutorials taught over a two week cycle.

How many days a week is the GDL?

The course is taught over four days with the same day each week being a designated study day.

How many people are on the course?

There are approximately 190 students on the GDL.

How large are the class sizes?

The lectures are made up all of the students studying the GDL (190) and tutor groups are no larger than 16.

When does the course start?

The GDL begins on Monday, 19 September 2016. You will be sent full details of the induction programme by email in August.

Are there any scholarships available?

Please refer to our scholarships page.

Do I need a Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS)?

If you hold an undergraduate degree from outside of the UK, and wish to qualify as a barrister, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board. Intending solicitors are no longer required to obtain this document.”

Can I defer my place?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow applicants to defer their place. If you cannot take up your place this year you must make another application for the following September.