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Athabasca University

Graduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting
Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Graduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting (GDLD) must possess:

  1. a recognized law degree equivalent to an LL.B. or J.D. that entitles the applicant to practice law in the jurisdiction in which the degree was granted, or
  2. approval of the Program Coordinator based on an assessment of other approved or recognized university or college degrees, and a minimum of three years of previous, related work experience in drafting laws, policies, bylaws, regulations, collective agreements, or comparable drafting duties.

In order to obtain the GDLD, students must complete all five, three-credit courses, each six months in length. Extensions are available. No other courses are required to obtain the diploma.

The program is designed to be completed in 30 months or less.

Non-Program Students

The GDLD program will accept a limited number of non-program students. Non-program students will be permitted to register in courses on a first-come, first-served basis, space permitting. Non-programs student can take up to two (2) GDLD courses in total. Those courses taken as a non-program student may be directly applied toward the program diploma requirements, if and when the student chooses to enrol in the program. AU is, however, under no obligation to admit non-program students into the GDLD program.

Those wishing to enrol in the GDLD program as a non-program student must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized post-secondary education institution and submit a resumé in support of their non-program application.

Please review the GDLD program's online Application Procedures website.

English Language Proficiency

There are minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements allowed for admission to a graduate program at Athabasca University. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.


Information effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Updated January 20 2021 by laurab

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