GDL as a qualification itself



I understand that you need to take further courses to become a solicitor or a barrister but I was wondering what the GDL itself can do as a qualification. I am hoping to apply as an international law specialist to the Republic of Korea ministry of foreign affairs. I am an International Relations graduate and I’m a little unsure how far I would need to go in terms of actually becoming a specialist in international law or if GDL is the necessary step. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Hi, generally a GDL is for non-law graduates who take it as a postgraduate conversion course to allow them to become a solicitor or barrister. It’s hard to say if you’d need it or not without knowing what the criteria are at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for this role. It sounds like it would be really useful, but perhaps there is an alternative qualification that might be preferable. Have you looked on their website or tried to contact their Human Resources department to check?