1. Postgraduate Applicants: GDL
  2. Confirmation and registration

Confirmation and registration

Everything you need to know on how to confirm your place and register online.

What happens at online registration?

Online registration is scheduled to open in early August 2017. Once online registration has opened and you have met all of the conditions of your offer you will receive an automated email from City, University of London inviting you to register for the course online. Please note that you cannot register online until you have received this email as this will give you the unique user ID and password which you require to login.

Online registration is a relatively straightforward process. You will be asked to confirm course details and personal details (full name, address, date of birth etc.). You will also be prompted to pay the first instalment of your fees if you have not already done so. You do not have to complete online registration all at once, you can return to it later, however please ensure you do complete online registration before you attend an in-person registration session during your induction. The dates/times for in-person registration will be sent to you in due course.

Please note that you will not be a registered student of the University until you have completed both online and in-person registration.

Certificate of Academic Standing

In order to be eligible to undertake the GDL for the purpose of qualification as a barrister, a student must:

  1. hold a UK/Republic of Ireland degree, awarded at or above lower second class honours; or
  2. have been granted a Certificate of Academic Standing by the Bar Standards Board prior to commencing the GDL. If you have queries regarding this please visit the BSB website for information regarding how to obtain the Certificate.


If you believe you qualify for exemptions on the GDL there are two possible courses of action:

  1. If you wish to qualify as a barrister: you need to obtain a certificate of exemption from the Bar Standards Board. You may visit their website for information about how to do this. Please note that anyone who wishes to qualify as a barrister in England, and wants to be granted exemptions, must have obtained a Certificate of Exemption from the BSB before undertaking the GDL. This means it would be wise to follow this route even if you are not certain whether you want to be a barrister but think there is a possibility you might.
  2. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor (and are certain that you will not consider qualification as a barrister): we can determine your exemptions for you, in consultation with the guidance provided by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. You would need to send us your transcripts and copies of the syllabus or course description from the relevant modules. Please note exemptions can only be granted based on academic study, not on work experience. Due to the level of work these checks involve we are not currently able to do this for applicants who have not already accepted a place on the GDL. You should first make an application to the GDL via lawcabs: if you are made an offer and you accept that offer, then we can look into granting exemptions for you.