Advanced Diploma in Legislative Drafting

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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: PROVISIONAL start date of Tuesday 17 October 2017

Application Deadline: Monday 9 October 2017


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 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



Dan Kelleher

“This Advanced Diploma in Legislative Drafting course provides a comprehensive overview of this subject, in particular on legal interpretation, use of the Irish Statute Book and the need for clarity of purpose in drafting. There is also an emphasis on continuous assessment which ensures that drafting skills are tested in practice on policy issues. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who works in the area of legal drafting or interpretation of legal provisions generally.” (Class of 2015–2016)

Dan Kelleher, Principal Officer, Government Department.

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).