Style and Limits
'There ought to be a law!'
This is the open access version of Legal Studies 553: Legislative Structure, Style and Limits which is the second of five courses in a program of study leading to the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting offered by Athabasca University. (The fifth course, LGST 559, consists of one major drafting project and is not available through open access.) This version of LGST 553 contains all the materials in the course except the drafting project assignments which are assessed and are only available to students who enroll for credit. It is recommended that the four courses (LGST 551, 553, 555, and 557) be studied in that order.
In Legal Studies 553: Legislative Structure, Style and Limits students will continue to develop their drafting skills and familiarity with approaches to legislative drafting typical in common law jurisdictions. This course considers the structure and organization of legislative texts, good legislative style and the legal context in which legislation operates in terms of its interpretation and constitutional limits, including fundamental rights and freedoms.
There is a Detailed Hyperlinked Table of Contents for all four open access courses.
First read the information below, then begin studying the course materials, starting with Module 1.
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