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GDL Needed?

Internationalsolicitor

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Feb 2, 2022
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Hello,

I am an international lawyer and I have completed my law degree in an Indian law school. I am filling out a training contract application which requires me to select:

'Is this a qualifying law degree (i.e. one that exempts you from the GDL)?'

Having completed my law degree in India, would I be exempted from appearing for the GDL? Apologies if this is a straightforward question but I was not very sure.

Thank you

@AvniD
@Jessica Booker
 

IRO

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Junior Lawyer 5
Jan 21, 2021
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Hello,

I am an international lawyer and I have completed my law degree in an Indian law school. I am filling out a training contract application which requires me to select:

'Is this a qualifying law degree (i.e. one that exempts you from the GDL)?'

Having completed my law degree in India, would I be exempted from appearing for the GDL? Apologies if this is a straightforward question but I was not very sure.

Thank you

@AvniD
@Jessica Booker
Unless your degree is in English law, not Indian law it won’t be a qualifying law degree and you would need to do the GDL.
 

IRO

Distinguished Member
Junior Lawyer 5
Jan 21, 2021
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I was under the misconception that passing the SQE would be enough for me to convert my Indian law degree to the English system. Will look into GDL. Thank you :)
Passing the SQE will be enough for you to convert to the English system. However, if you get a TC with a firm they may still require you to do the GDL/PGDL, so the answer to the application question is ‘no, it’s not a qualifying law degree’ meaning you likely would need to do the GDL if you got a TC with that firm.

However, if you accept at TC with a firm that doesn’t require the GDL/PGDL, or if you decide to sit the SQE and secure QWE without doing a TC you wouldn’t need to do the GDL
 

Internationalsolicitor

Active Member
Feb 2, 2022
14
4
Passing the SQE will be enough for you to convert to the English system. However, if you get a TC with a firm they may still require you to do the GDL/PGDL, so the answer to the application question is ‘no, it’s not a qualifying law degree’ meaning you likely would need to do the GDL if you got a TC with that firm.

However, if you accept at TC with a firm that doesn’t require the GDL/PGDL, or if you decide to sit the SQE and secure QWE without doing a TC you wouldn’t need to do the GDL
This clarifies it! Thank you!
 

Jessica Booker

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I was under the misconception that passing the SQE would be enough for me to convert my Indian law degree to the English system. Will look into GDL. Thank you :)
It technically is the case now that you don't need to do the GDL to qualify as a solicitor in the UK if you don't have an English qualifying law degree.

However, many firms are still asking prospective trainees who haven't studied English law to do the GDL as a prep course for the SQE.
 

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