Advanced Diploma in Legislative Drafting

NOTE: applications closed for 2018–2019

Attendance in person required.

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.

Course Content

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

Course Delivery

Delivery is in part–time evening mode through the medium of seminars, workshops and lectures presented by leading experts in the area. Teaching is carried out in a small group.  Places on this course are strictly limited and invariably fill up quickly, so prospective students are advised to apply early. Experiential learning forms a significant part of the programme with participants learning reflectively through exercises and individualised feedback and consequently practical workshops will remain the primary teaching method 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 Start Date:  Tuesday 16 October 2018

Application Deadline: Monday 17 September 2018

Session

Date

Topic

Tutor

1.

16.10.18

MODULE 1: What drafters do

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s office

2.

18.10.18

MODULE 1: What drafters do

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s office

3.

23.10.18

MODULE 1: What drafters do

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s office

4.

25.10.18

MODULE 2: Statutory Interpretation & Its Relevance to Drafting

David Dodd BL Law Library

5.

30.10.18

MODULE 2: Statutory Interpretation & Its Relevance to Drafting

David Dodd BL Law Library

6.

01.11.18

MODULE 3: Public Law Considerations

David Dodd BL Law Library

7.

06.11.18

MODULE 3: Public Law Considerations

David Dodd BL Law Library

8.

08.11.18

MODULE 4: Key Tools for Drafters

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

9.

13.11.18

MODULE 4: Key Tools for Drafters

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

10.

15.11.18

MODULE 4: Key Tools for Drafters

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

11.

20.11.18

MODULE 4: Key Tools for Drafters

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

12.

04.12.18

MODULE 5: Cabinet & Legislative Processes

Ciara Kennedy BL Department of Communications, Climate Action And Environment

13.

06.12.18

MODULE 5: Cabinet & Legislative Processes

Ciara Kennedy BL Department of Communications, Climate Action And Environment

14.

11.12.18

MODULE 5: Cabinet & Legislative Processes

Ciara Kennedy BL Department of Communications, Climate Action And Environment

15.

08.01.19

MODULE 6: Writing Skills

Brendan McMahon BL Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

16.

10.01.19

MODULE 6: Writing Skills

Brendan McMahon BL Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

17.

15.01.19

MODULE 6: Writing Skills

Brendan McMahon BL Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

18.

17.01.19

MODULE 6: Writing Skills

Brendan McMahon BL Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

19.

22.01.19

MODULE 7: Legal Writing

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

20.

24.01.19

MODULE 7: Legal Writing

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

21.

29.01.19

MODULE 7: Legal Writing

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

22.

31.01.19

MODULE 7: Legal Writing

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

23.

12.02.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

24.

14.02.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

25.

19.02.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

26.

21.02.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

27.

16.02.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

28.

28.02.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

29.

05.03.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

30.

07.03.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

31.

12.03.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

32.

14.03.19

MODULE 8: Drafting

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

33.

02.04.19

MODULE 9: Other Relevant Skills

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

34.

04.04.19

MODULE 9: Other Relevant Skills

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

35.

09.04.19

MODULE 9: Other Relevant Skills

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

36.

11.04.19

MODULE 9: Other Relevant Skills

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

37.

30.04.19

MODULE 9: Other Relevant Skills

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

38.

02.05.19

MODULE 9: Other Relevant Skills

Kieran Mooney BL Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel AG’s Office

Duration

The programme runs over a period of approximately 20 weeks and is delivered in part–time evening mode two evenings per week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in a small group setting.

Fees

Fees can be viewed here

How to apply

Applications are made here

Lecturers include

  • Kieran Mooney, BL, Former Chief Parliamentary Counsel
  • Brendan McMahon, BL, Parliamentary Counsel, Office of the Attorney General
  • Ciara Kennedy, BL
  • David Dodd, BL

 

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST STUDENTS 

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).