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The LLM in Drafting Legislation, Regulation, and Policy offers a unique opportunity for drafters, legal officers, policy makers, and those interested in the process of law-making and in drafting to study the legislative environment and legislation as a tool for regulation. 

This programme is based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. 

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. Legislative drafting is often perceived as a technical skill that one learns on the job. The view of the Institute’s Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies is that legislative drafting is a practical 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 relevant to common law and civil law jurisdictions related to the policy process, the legislative process, and the drafting process

The programme is not prescriptive and allows you to naturalise your knowledge and apply it in your own national environment. Capped class numbers allow individualized tuition. Alumni are usually employed by governments and international organizations. 

This course is also available to study via distance learning from anywhere in the world.


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Degree overview

The LLM in Drafting Legislation, Regulation, and Policy (formerly Advanced Legislative Studies) has been offered by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies with considerable success since 2004. The programme can be studied at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London or by distance learning from a location anywhere in the world.

To find out more about the course, download our programme specification

How will this course benefit me?

The programme is designed to meet your needs if you are seeking a career in legislative drafting or already working as a legislative drafter, or if you want a career in, or are already working for, organizations that produce different types of draft normative acts. Many of our students are mid-career drafters employed by government (for example, by AG Chambers, the Ministry of Justice, or other ministries). We also have students who work for or aim to work for NGOs that propose normative acts to governments.

Modules and structure


Core Modules

  • LLM Research Methods Training
  • Comparative Legislative Studies 1 
  • Comparative Legislative Studies 2
  • Legislative Drafting 1 
  • Legislative Drafting 2
  • The Theory and Practice of Regulation 


  • 15,000 word dissertation

Please note that we are currently reviewing the structure and content of this programme and may introduce some additions and enhancements.

Lecturing and teaching

If you study on campus in London you'll participate in lectures, seminars, and face-to-face discussions with tutors and other students.

If you study by distance learning, you will receive access to extensive materials delivered online and by email and participate in online discussions with tutors and other students. If you undertake the course by distance learning are required to attend a week-long intensive residential induction in London. This will give you a chance to meet the tutors and other students and to start their studies with the maximum level of support.

You'll be expected to undertake private reading and independent research and you will benefit from individual tuition and support.

You'll be assigned a personal dissertation supervisor. 

About the institute

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies was founded in 1947. It was conceived and is funded as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad.

The institute is engaged in a broad range of activities in the promotion and support of legal research in its widest sense. IALS serves its various constituencies of researchers, nationally and locally, both at Charles Clore House on Russell Square in Bloomsbury, featuring its national legal research library, through its digital free-to-internet resources, and through its outreach activities around the country. The Institute has an inclusive approach to legal studies embracing the theoretical basis of law, the sources and documentation of the law, and the direct impact of law on human lives.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience. Applicants are not required to have a law degree nor a professional qualification in law. 

English is the language of instruction and applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.

Find out more about our entry requirements

How to apply

For more information on how to apply, including deadlines and the documentation you will need to provide on the application form, visit our How to Apply page.

Fees, funding and scholarships

Careers and further study

This programme is designed to enhance your knowledge of legislative drafting, enabling you to progress within your legislative career, or make the move into a specialised legislative role. Many of our students are mid-career drafters employed by government, looking for the next step in their career. We also have students who aim to work for NGOs that propose normative acts to governments.

This programme is also a good choice for students who are looking to complete a PhD in Law. After completing the LLM in Drafting Legislation, Regulation, and Policy, you can apply to study our PhD in Law, based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Find out more about our PhD in Law here. 


The School of Advanced Study is a unique environment in which to study the humanities.  The School strives to reflect the latest developments in thinking across the humanities disciplines it supports and to ensure that its programmes reflect this.   We are also aware that the needs of our students are constantly changing.  With that in mind, the School continually reviews the its programmes and, as part of that process, reserves the right to alter or discontinue them. 

We assure you that we carry out these exercises at no detriment to any enrolled students. Students enrolled on any programme that we discontinue will be able to complete that programme within a reasonable timeframe and with all the necessary resources at their disposal. The School will communicate any anticipated changes with students as early as possible.