Advanced Diploma in Legislative Drafting

Attendance in person is required for this course. Please note due to COVID–19 restrictions, this course did not run in 2020 – 2021. 

Last Updated: Monday, January 4, 2021


This diploma is a unique part–time evening programme offering legal practitioners, law graduates or persons with relevant legislative drafting experience the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Diploma in Legislative Drafting. 

This programme is expressly designed to train participants in the skill of drafting legislation and regulations, thereby fulfilling a very important role in the delivery of legal education for a vital area of governance.

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

The programme will expose participants to all aspects of the theory and practice of legislative drafting. 

On successful completion of the programme, the participants will have the knowledge required to understand a drafting project and will have practised and honed the skills required for successful management of drafting projects. A key aim is to integrate theory and practice.

Who is the course for?

The course will be suitable for:  


The coordinator of the course is 

Course Content and Delivery

Delivery is in part–time evening mode through the medium of seminars, workshops and lectures presented by leading experts in the area. The programme runs over a period of approximately 20 weeks and is delivered two evenings per week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 pm to 8 pm, in a small group setting.

Course Start Date: 

Places on this course are strictly limited and invariably fill up quickly, so prospective students are advised to apply early. 

The programme is comprised of nine key modules:

  • Role of legislative drafters
  • Public law considerations in drafting
  • Statutory interpretation and its relevance to drafting
  • Key tools for drafters
  • Cabinet and legislative processes
  • Audience considerations and language usage
  • Legal writing
  • Legislative drafting
  • Ancillary skills

Experiential learning forms a significant part of the programme with participants learning reflectively through exercises and individualised feedback and consequently practical workshops will be one of the teaching methods used in most areas. This will consist of a variety of teaching and learning interventions including individual and group projects, practical skills development, case studies etc. Formal presentations provide background theory in the substantive law areas underpinning the programme.



Course Fee 2020–2021

Course fee: €4,500. View fee structure and other charges here

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. View more information here.

How do I Apply?

Application Deadline: 


Places on this course are limited, and they are often over–subscribed. We have a selection criteria in place and you are required to submit certain documentation to support your application.

  • Personal Statement addressing how the candidate’s qualifications and/or previous or current work experience are relevant to the course.
  • Optional – Certified Copy of your academic and professional achievements. If you are a barrister, it is not necessary to supply this information.
  • Optional – Any relevant documents supporting your application.
  • Documents may be submitted in the following formats: pdf, png, gif, jpg, jpeg. The maximum allowed size for each document is 20MB.

Download Personal Statement template

Acceptance on this course will not be notified until 5 days after the closing date for applications. If you have been accepted, your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full.

Payment can be made through the application portal using your credit / debit card. If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a PO number, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. You will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the application portal.

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Paul Barry BL

”I found the course a very interesting, informative and wide ranging course. It provided an invaluable introduction into this specialised area and provided a great insight into civil servants’ role in legislation…At the end of the course I felt that I had developed a competence in this area, which has stood to me and impressed the recruiters when I was last job–hunting. I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in this area.” (Class of 2013–14)

Paul Barry BL, Legal Director at Lloyds Bank plc (Commercial Banking Division).