Advanced Diploma in Legislative Drafting

Please note due to COVID–19 restrictions, this course did not run in 2020 – 2021. We anticipate this course might not run until January 2022. 

Last Updated: Friday, May 14, 2021


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

There is a significant shortage in legislative drafters worldwide. This programme is expressly designed to train participants in the skill of drafting legislation and regulations, heads of Bills, rules and bye–laws 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. 

With this advanced diploma, you will have gained a unique qualification that will give you a solid foundation in drafting legislation, identifying loopholes and translating policy into law.

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 legal practitioners, civil and public servants, consultants, agencies and regulators who require the skill of drafting legislation and regulations. 


The course director of the course is (to be confirmed).

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, usually Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 pm to 8 pm, in a small group setting.

Course Start Date: to be confirmed

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

Course Content 

The programme is comprised of nine key modules:

  1. Role of legislative drafters
  2. Public law considerations in drafting
  3. Statutory interpretation and its relevance to drafting
  4. Key tools for drafters
  5. Cabinet and legislative processes
  6. Audience considerations and language usage
  7. Legal writing
  8. Legislative drafting
  9. 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.

Assessment and Accreditation

This is a professional development course. It is awarded independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and delivered by seasoned, highly experienced practitioners. To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant is required to successfully complete – the assessment format for 2022 is to be confirmed. 

Course Fee 2021–2022

Course fee: €4,500 (to be confirmed). 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. You must receive your discount code before applying. View more information here.

How do I Apply?

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 the Personal Statement template

Application Deadline: Applications not accepted at this time.

In order to verify your personal details, you must first create an account on the Application Portal through the ‘apply here’ button below. Once you verify your email address in the Portal, you can then proceed with your application. 

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 or debit card. An automated payment receipt will be generated confirming your place on the course.

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).