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Legislative Drafting

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Program Information

School:Athabasca University - Graduate Programs
Faculty:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Degree:Post-diploma; Distance
Field of Study:Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Description:The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting program provides an in-depth analysis of the principles underlying legislative drafting in common law jurisdictions and a thorough introduction to sound drafting practice. It is based on materials produced by the Commonwealth of Learning, an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. The program materials are relevant to all jurisdictions using the parliamentary system and its legislative processes.

The Diploma will enable students to undertake their own drafting duties with greater skill and confidence. Students will be connected with a skilled peer group and an expert instructor, and they will work in independent study in their own jurisdictions. Additionally, students will participate in online drafting workshops, exercises, and discussions. This program is ideal for individuals early in their drafting career, those wishing to enter a drafting career, and individuals from all levels of government and non-governmental agencies or departments involved in planning and writing laws, bylaws, policies, and similar material. Most government drafting offices require their legislative counsel to have a law (JD or LLB) degree, and some also require them to be admitted to the practice of law in the jurisdiction they serve. The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting therefore would not be a sufficient qualification on its own for employment in those offices.
URL:Legislative Drafting at Athabasca University - Graduate Programs
Course Based:Yes
Length:30 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $8,095

Admission Requirements


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    A recognized law degree equivalent to an LL.B. or J.D. that entitles them to practice law in the jurisdiction in which the degree was granted, OR approval of the Program Coordinator based on an assessment of other approved or recognized university or college degrees and a minimum of three years of previous, related work experience in drafting laws, policies, bylaws, regulations, or collective agreements, or comparable drafting duties.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 560] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 220] or CanTEST [min. 65] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 24, 2017