Professional Certificate
in Legislative Drafting

20th - 24th January 2020, London, UK

Course Overview

"A good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognise it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense'" - Barack Obama

The legislative drafter is tasked with transforming government policy into written law, but also to ensure that legislation is clearly understandable to those affected by it. Achieving both can be challenging as government policy often involves complex issues that are difficult to convey in everyday language.

Consistency is key in all aspects of drafting, including use of vocabulary, structure, language and style, and building sentences. This highly interactive course recognises these challenges and equips participants with a range of recognised drafting tools used to create well written legislation.

Participants will also be able to implement the course's learning through practical drafting exercises. The course chair will evaluate these exercises and provide detailed feedback at the end of the week.

Upon completion of this five-day long course and subsequent successful completion of CMI written tasks, the successful candidate will be awarded a Level 5 CMI certificate in Management & Leadership showing the CMI units achieved. The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. The professional qualifications offered by the Institute are internationally recognised and sought after.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  1. Draft legislation clearly and concisely
  2. Better understand the principles of legislative drafting
  3. Utilise plain language
  4. Make laws more readable to those affected by them
  5. Amend outdated legislation
  6. Recognise common drafting mistakes and how to avoid them

How You Will Benefit

  1. The opportunity to gain a recognised professional qualification
  2. Hear the latest insights, research and developments in legislative drafting efforts from leading experts
  3. Network and share ideas with colleagues from around the world
  4. Enhance your skills and knowledge in the field of drafting legislation