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Legislative drafting is often perceived as a technical skill, which one learns on the job. The view of the Sir William Dale Centre, as eloquently put by its founder and its staff in numerous publications, has always been that legislative drafting encompasses the theoretical analysis and practical application of the whole process of legislating. Legislative drafting has evolved to become the bedrock of political, economic and social transformation. It is still, however, relatively unexplored as an academic discipline. The LLM examines issues related to the legislative process, constitutional law, the methods of drafting in a modern democratic context, legislative ethics and law reform.LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies is also offered via distance learning (DL).The LLM in ALS via DL includes a compulsory week-long intensive residential course in London. This gives students a chance to meet the tutors and other students, and to start their studies with the maximum level of support.Teaching methods for the remainder of the course include extensive online materials per session, such as PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs, and a number of academic sources for essential and further reading; online discussions with tutors and fellow students on the traditional LLM and the LLM via DL; private reading and independent research; individual tuition and support via email for coursework and dissertation for which a dissertation supervisor is assigned.
LLM in ALS - Degree code: JTALS | Credit value: 180
LLM in ALS via DL - Degree code: JTDIL | Credit value: 180
The LLM is divided into two pathways: the Common Law direction and the EU direction.
The Common Law direction core modules:
Comparative Legislative Studies 1 and 2
Legislative Drafting 1 and 2
Themes of Legislative Studies 1 and 2
The EU direction core modules:
* EU Legislative Studies 1 and 2
* The Jean Monnet Module Legislating for EU Membership and Accession
* The Jean Monnet module Theories of European Integration
* Themes of Legislative Studies 1 and 2
Plus a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words
Students take all modules from the selected pathway and the dissertation.