Legislative Drafting, Postgraduate Diploma

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    5496.6666666667 CAD/year
    Tuition fee
    5163.3333333333 CAD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Online
Athabasca University's 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.

About

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting program from Athabasca University 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 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.

Athabasca University has partnered with the Legal Education Society of Alberta in providing the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting as a professional development opportunity for Alberta Lawyers.

Programme Structure

Master List of Courses
  • Introduction to Legislative Drafting
  • Legislative Structure, Style, and Limits
  • Drafting Preliminary, Amending, and Final Provisions
  • Implementation Provisions and Drafting Processes
  • Legislative Drafting Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 30 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Students can complete the degree in 18 to 30 months or less. Some learners may need as little as one year to complete the diploma. Time extensions per course are available. Students may study in the program on a full- or part-time basis.

  • Credits
    15 Credits alternative credits

    In order to obtain the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting, students must complete all five, three-credit individualized study courses.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    560

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

Academic Requirements

Persons wishing to enrol in the PBDLD program must have:
  • 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.

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.

Individualized-study courses will be offered throughout the year, beginning on the first day of each month. If you wish to take an individualized-study course and have not yet received confirmation of program status, you may apply as a non-program student. You must apply at least one month in advance of your intended start date. You may take up to two courses in the PBDLD program as a non-program student. Successfully completed courses may be transferred into the PBDLD program upon admission into the program.

When your program application has been reviewed and approved, you will be contacted by email with further instructions.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5496.6666666667 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8245 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    5163.3333333333 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7745 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.