Aim of the course
The legislative drafting course is intended to equip course participants with practical skills, interpretation of statutes, and knowledge required for drafting legislation and rendering quality legal advice. The course emphasis is on the individual development of practical skills. It is centered on practical exercises and gives the participants the opportunity to apply the techniques and know-how of legislative preparation, which they acquire in class. The programme runs for a period of five (5) months.
The training is conducted by means of lectures, practical drafting exercises and assignments which count toward the student’s final mark.
The course is intended for practicing lawyers within the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary; Law Drafters; and lawyers interested in drafting techniques and methods, drafting and interpretation of contracts, and interpretation of legislation.
To qualify for admission, one must meet the following entry requirements:
- Have Law degree from any recognized university; and
- Be admitted to practice law in their respective countries for a minimum period of one year
What is taught?
The core subject taught is legislative drafting are eight (8) – subjects as highlighted below;
- Legislative drafting.
- Context of Legislation
- Judicial Review
- Interpretation of Statutes
- Comparative constitutional law
- Law in development
- Computer Applications
Attendance at both lectures and practicals are compulsory for all students. It is the basis upon which performance is assessed and is the key to the successful completion of the programme.
The Legal Practitioners Qualifying Examination Course is a one year six months programme. Students who successfully complete this course of study are recommended for admission to the Zambian Bar. Enrolment for this course is done after placement of advert in the media.
The following are the courses offered under this programme:
- Professional Conduct and Ethics
- Bookkeeping and Accounts
- Conveyancing and Legal Drafting
- Probate and Succession
- Commercial Transactions
- Company Law and Procedure
- Superior Court Procedure
- Subordinate Court Civil Procedure
- Domestic Relations
- Criminal Procedure
- Law of Evidence and Practice