LGST 553
Legislative Structure, Style and Limits (OCW)


LGST 553
Legislative Structure, Style and Limits (OCW)

Course Information

Legislative Structure, Style and Limits


Course Components

Legal Studies 553: Legislative Structure, Style and Limist comprises four components.

Study Materials: The course website contains the content to be studied, divided into Modules and Sections. These are generally long passages of text that can be easily printed, if you so wish. These materials are described more fully below.

Study Activities: The study activities are contained within the study materials. These reading and research activities are designed to encourage you to become familiar with the practices in your home jurisdiction.

Exercises: Practical exercises are also referred to in the study materials. These exercises are designed so that you will obtain automatic feedback upon submitting your answers. Your learning will be improved if you submit the best answer you are capable of before viewing the suggested answers. The exercises are not assessed for credit.

Resource Materials: The resource materials comprise an online collection of sample materials, and a bibliography with useful links.

A print textbook on legislative drafting is not necessary to study Legal Studies 553 because the course design does not require students to have such a textbook. However, if you wish to purchase a textbook for your own reference purposes, we recommend the following:

H. Xanthaki, Thornton’s Legislative Drafting, 5th ed. (Bloomsbury Professional: 2013)

How should you study the course material?

The preview page at the beginning of each module and of each of its sections indicates:

  • the objectives to be achieved in that module or section
  • the matters under study and the principal questions being addressed
  • specific instruction on how to proceed through that module or section

Always begin a module by reading the relevant preview. Note any suggestions about the order in which the sections may be done, or whether any specific features should be completed before others are attempted.

You may wish to experiment with different approaches to the materials to suit your preferred learning style. For example, you may sometimes wish to read through a section quickly before you undertake the activities and exercises found in it. Alternatively, you may prefer to do those tasks as you encounter them throughout the section.

Try to work through an entire section, or a distinct part of a section, during each study session. As you begin your study session, note the break-points in the material you are planning to study, and determine where you will stop. By setting yourself a suitable break-point, you have also set a goal for the session and have provided yourself with a convenient stopping point.