LLM in Legislative Drafting
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. Thus, 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. The idea is to bring greater intellectual depth and breadth to the Programme so that candidates would not only be technically qualified draftspersons, they would also be effective policy advisors to their Governments and other clients. To this end, the Programme requires that candidates registered for the Masters (as opposed to the Postgraduate Diploma only) take, in addition to the core course in Legislative Drafting, Public Law I (Advanced Constitutional Law) and Public Law II (Advanced Administrative Law), and produce a Research Paper of approximately 10,000 to 15,000 words. The Faculty of Law is extremely proud of the fact that the majority of persons in the Drafting Offices across the Region have been trained in the Legislative Drafting Programme.
METHOD OF DELIVERY
This programme are a fully residential programme. Courses will be delivered at the Cave Hill Campus by way of a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. Sessions will take place in accordance with a pre-scheduled timetable on a regularity which varies with the structure and requirements of the particular course.
Applicants may, at the discretion of the Board for Graduate Studies and Research, be required to take a qualifying examination consisting of at least two papers of a minimum of two hours each, which shall be of a standard equivalent to that of Part II or Part III of the LL.B. degree examination. The language of instruction is English and applicants whose native language is not English may be required to take an English Proficiency Test set on behalf of the Board for Graduate Studies and Research.
The following persons are eligible to apply for admission into the graduate programmes:
- graduates of The University of the West Indies holding the LL.B. degree;
- graduates of The University of the West Indies or of an approved University holding a degree which includes such law subjects as shall satisfy the Board for Graduate Studies and Research;
- graduates of The University of the West Indies or of an approved University, who have obtained a professional legal qualification and are admitted to practise in any part of the Commonwealth and in any CARICOM country;
- persons who having obtained a professional legal qualification, are admitted to practise in any part of the Commonwealth, and who have also been certified as being in practice for a minimum of five years;
- graduates of The University of the West Indies or of an approved University, who satisfy the Board for Graduate Studies and Research of their capability to undertake the course of study leading to the award of the LL.M. degree.
A person who applies for admittance to the LL.M. programme and who does not satisfy the criteria for the LL.M. but who has satisfied the Board for Graduate Studies and Research of his or her capability to undertake the course of study leading to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate and Commercial Law, Public Law or Legislative Drafting may be admitted to read for the Postgraduate Diploma.