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Find out which institutions offer the GDL by using our Course search.
If you studied a non-law degree but wish to become a lawyer, you must take a conversion course known as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Some institutions may refer to it as the Common Professional Exam, but this is the old name for it and the terms are interchangeable.
Change ahead: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination
The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a new exam in development that all trainee solicitors will have to pass at the point of qualifying, which is due to be introduced in 2021. For more information, read our Feature article, “The Solicitors Qualifying Examination: everything we know so far”. Also use our search function and search for "SQE" for all the latest news stories and comment.