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The LLM in Drafting Legislation, Regulation, and Policy 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. 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 related to the policy process, the legislative process and the drafting process.

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. 

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

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If you have specific questions about the MA or MRes degree, please contact Dr Constantin Stefanou or the admissions office.

Degree Overview

The LLM in Drafting Legislation, Regulation, and Policy 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 elsewhere in the world. Students based in London can undertake the programme on either a full- or part-time basis. Students based elsewhere must undertake the programme on a part-time basis over two years.

Modules and structure

The programme offers two options, the Common Law Direction and the EU Direction.

The Common Law direction includes Comparative Legislative Studies 1 and 2, Legislative Drafting 1 and 2, Themes of Legislative Studies 1 and 2, and a 15,000 word dissertation.

The EU Direction includes 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, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Part-time students take four modules in the first year of study and two modules and the dissertation in the second year of study

The Common Law direction core modules

  • LLM Research Methods Training
  • Comparative Legislative Studies 1 and 2
  • Legislative Drafting 1 and 2
  • Themes of Legislative Studies

The EU direction core modules

  • LLM Research Methods Training
  • EU Legislative Studies 1 and 2
  • The Jean Monnet Module ‘Legislating for EU Membership and Accession’
  • The Jean Monnet module ‘Theories of European Integration’

Dissertation

Please note that we are currently reviewing the structure and content of this programme and may introduce some additions and enhancements for 2018–19.
 

Lecturing and teaching

Those studying the course in London participate in lectures, seminars, and face-to-face discussions with tutors and other students. Those studying the course by distance learning receive access to extensive materials delivered online and by email and participate in online discussions with tutors and other students.

All students undertake private reading and independent research and benefit from individual tuition and support. All students are assigned a personal dissertation supervisor. 
Students undertaking the course by distance learning are required to attend a week-long intensive residential induction in London. This gives students a chance to meet the tutors and other students and to start their studies with the maximum level of support.

Mode of Study

This course can be studied on-campus in London for 12 months full time or 24 months part time. Part-time students take four modules in the first year of study and two modules and the dissertation in the second year of study.  

The distance learning option can only be studied part time over 24 months. Students take four modules in the first year of study and two modules and the dissertation in the second year of study. 

Find out more about the modules and course structure in the course handbook.

 

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 would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher).

Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, could be considered

How to apply

You can apply online via our online applications system.

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Fees, funding and scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees here.

The School of Advanced Study has a range of funding opportunities for home, EU and international applicants. Find out more about funding opportunities here. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Careers

The LLM is aimed at those seeking a career in legislative drafting, those already working as legislative drafters or those who 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.

 

What our students say

Much gratitude to my lovely, most intelligent and blessed lecturers Helen and Constantin. I will forever remain grateful for the knowledge you imparted on me, I am a reference point, being called upon to aid where a difficulty looms. I would never forget the knowledge imparted on me by Dr Stefanou on research methodology and writing (read hypothesis and methodology), very very helpful, both at work while doing my well researched legal and legislative opinions and on my second masters.

Dr Xanthaki, no words for you, just gratitude, gratitude and more gratitude, you gave me a reason to smile up high, I learnt a lot, the knowledge has significantly boosted my esteem as a drafter, I can confidently stand up and declare myself a competent drafter and an expert in the same.

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