Legal Studies (LGST) 559

Legislative Drafting Project

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Delivery Mode: Individualized-Study

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: LGST 551, LGST 553, LGST 555 and LGST 557

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Program: Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting

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Following on from the first four courses in the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting, students will rely upon the foundation of drafting skills they have developed and will demonstrate the ability to link various elements of legislative drafting into a comprehensive legislative framework. This course will allow the student to implement the principles of good drafting they have learned in a project taken from a law reform initiative or other third party instructions.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. provide adequate and appropriate instructions to implement policy;
  2. prepare a thorough and comprehensive legislative plan in response to instructions;
  3. draft primary legislation according to instructions and a legislative plan.
  4. prepare independently a complete piece of legislation suitable for enactment.

Student Evaluation

Students should be prepared to devote the time necessary to complete the various activities in this course: reading actively and critically; researching the law and legal principles and recording the results of that research; and preparing a drafting project that is appropriate and adequate for its purpose. To help students develop these skills, the project supervisor will provide guidance and advice. Students are expected to demonstrate a willingness to work.

To help students plan their individual study schedules, each activity is weighted proportionately. Your work in this course will be evaluated according to the principles of legislative drafting including style, research, background/context, and grammar/mechanics.

To receive credit for Legislative Drafting Project, students will be required to complete successfully each of the following activities:

Analysis of drafting instructions Legislative plan Original Bill or other draft legislation Total
15% 25% 60% 100%

Examples of Successful Projects

Course Materials

The course materials for Legislative Drafting Project are all available on the course website and include: drafting project instructions and resource materials with a bibliography and links to useful websites.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.