Course Introduction

The programme offers a unique 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 no 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, as eloquently put by its founder and its staff in numerous publications, 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. The LLM examines issues related to the policy process, the legislative process, and the drafting process. Legislation is viewed as a tool for regulation. Effectiveness of regulatory aims is the scope and aim of the drafting process.

Course Modules

The LLM is divided into 2 directions: the Common law Direction and the EU Direction.

The Common Law direction offers the core modules Comparative Legislative Studies 1 and 2, Legislative Drafting 1 and 2, and Themes of Legislative Studies 1 and 2, plus a 15,000 word dissertation.

The EU Direction offers the 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", and the joint modules Themes of Legislative Studies 1 and 2, plus a 15,000 word dissertation.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Distance Learning Part Time
LLM £4,820 Home Fees
2 years
Distance Learning Part Time
LLM £9,105 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £8,570 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £13,660 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £4,285 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • 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.