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Legislative Drafting

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About the Programme

The Legislative Drafting Programme is expressly designed to train lawyers and other suitably qualified persons in the skill of drafting legislation to cover every conceivable area of human affairs subject to regulation. In addition to instruction in the technical skill of drafting ‘traditional’ legislation, the Programme aims to provide the candidates with a basic understanding of Treaty Drafting, Constitution Writing, and the preparation of the Appellate Brief.

What Will I Study?

You will learn about:

  • The technical skills and techniques of drafting legislation.
  • The Composition of Legislation, Statues and the management and operation of the drafting office.
  • The fundamentals of Constitutional law and principles relative to drafting legislation and constitutions.

Facilities and Resources

  • Enhance your learning experience by fully utilising our:
  • Fully equipped Law Library;
  • Access to Regional and International Legal Online Databases

Career Opportunities

If you want to:

  • Be a certified legislative draftsperson
  • Enhance your career in Legislative Drafting
  • Learn the techniques of writing legislation
  • Be able to give adequate and effective legal and policy advice to governments and regional bodies on legislations

Then this degree is for you!

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies.

We welcome local, international and regional students.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: LLM/Postgraduate Diploma
  • Duration: Full Time - 12 months


Programme Details

The Legislative Drafting Programme consists of 5 courses.

Candidates registered for the UWI LLM in Legislative Drafting must complete the following: 

  • The core, two‐semester course in LAW 6740 Legislative Drafting (12 credit hours) 
  • Public Law I – Advanced Constitutional Law (6 credit hours) 
  • Public Law II – Advanced Administrative Law (6 credit hours) 

For their remaining credits, candidates may complete either: 
(a) two additional UWI LLM courses;
(b) a single course, and produce a Research Paper, or 
(c) a single course and engage in a Supervised Legislative Drafting Internship.

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To be eligible for admission, applicants:
-    must hold a LL.B. degree, or any other professional legal qualification with at least Second Class Honours
-    must be admitted to practise in any part of the Commonwealth;
-    should also be certified as being in practice for a minimum of five years.

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The LL.M. and Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting is a University Grants Committee (UGC) Funded program. Please review the UGC‐Programmes Financial Handbook on our website which gives the rates applicable for relevant academic year.

Students whose governments do not pay the economic cost would be responsible for the full payment of all fees.

For more details of the UGC funded programs, contact the Board of Graduate Studies.

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