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Athabasca University

Graduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting
Program Regulations

Students may study in the Graduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting (GDLD) program on a full- or part-time basis. The diploma can be completed in less than 30 months or up to five years. Time extensions per course are available.

Residency Requirement

To meet the residency requirement, students must complete all five courses through Athabasca University. There is no need to attend the campus.

Program Structure

Program Structure
Total credits in program (all must be completed at AU) 15 credits
Residency Requirement 15 credits
Required Courses
LGST 551 Introduction to Legislative Drafting (3)
LGST 553 Legislative Structure, Style and Limits (3)
LGST 555 Drafting Preliminary, Amending, and Final Provisions (3)
LGST 557 Implementation Provisions and Drafting Processes (3)
  Total 12 credits
Project Course
LGST 559 Legislative Drafting Project (3)
  Total 3 credits

Completion Time Limits

Students can complete the degree in 18 to 30 months or less. Time extensions per course are available. Students may study in the program on a full- or part-time basis. Effective September 2005, students must complete three credits of course work during a one-year academic period (September to August) in order to maintain program status. Failure to meet the requirement may result in inactivation of a student's program status.

Program Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the GDLD program by submitting their request in writing to the GDLD office. Students who withdraw may be reactivated in the program by requesting approval to the Program Director and paying a reactivation fee.

Program Deferral

Students may interrupt their studies by submitting a Request for Program Deferral form (PDF) to the GDLD office and receiving approval from the Program Director. There are no fees associated with this request. The maximum length of one deferral is one (1) year. In special circumstances, students may reapply for a second year of deferral during their time in the program.

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. 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 in the GDLD program.

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

Updated April 13 2021 by laurab

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