School of Advanced Study

Course Introduction

The programme offers an opportunity to drafters, legal officers, policy makers, and those interested in the process of lawmaking and in drafting to study the legislative environment and legislation as a tool for regulation. The programme aims to promote an understanding of the principles of legislative studies, and an in'depth awareness of what constitutes legislative quality and how this can be achieved. The programme is not prescriptive and allows participants to naturalize their knowledge and apply it in their own national environments. Capped class numbers allow individualized tuition. Alumni are usually employed by governments and international organizations. Legislative drafting is often perceived as a technical skill, which one learns on the job; the view of the Sir William Dale Centre has always been that legislative drafting is a phronetic discipline requiring awareness of the theoretical principles of drafting along with experience on the job. Legislative drafting has evolved to become the bedrock of political, economic and social transformation. It is still, however, relatively unexplored as an academic discipline.

Course Modules

The LLM is divided into 2 pathways: The Common Law direction and the EU direction. The Common Law direction core modules: Comparative legislative studies 1 and 2; legislative drafting 1 and 2; themes of legislative studies 1 and 2. The EU direction core modules: EU legislative studies 1 and 2; the jean Monnet module 'legislating for EU membership and accession'; the jean Monnet module 'theories of European integration'; themes of legislative studies 1 and 2.

Course Additional Entry

1st or upper 2nd Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; students whose 1st language is not English must provide recent evidence that their written and spoken English is adequate for postgraduate study.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Distance Learning
LLM £8,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Distance Learning
LLM £4,462  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £7,350  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £3,675  Academic year. First year home fees