CAREER GUIDE FOR PROSPECTIVE LEGISLATIVE DRAFTER
DO YOU THINK LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING MIGHT BE FOR YOU?
Drafting is at the core of legal science, it requires a lot of study and continuous professional development, and it demands time and dedication.
First step in following this career path is to obtain a law degree, preferably an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from a reputable and recognised university.
Secondly, since possessing a law degree affords you a variety of career options, one must consider that the most important thing to say is that legislative drafting is one of the many activities that is fascinating and absorbing if it happens to excite you, and otherwise the mere thought of it is deadly dull. If you are an incurable pedant who is fascinated by the way in which language is used, and who regards spending a day moving a comma from one end of the screen to the other and back again to see where it looks best as a day well spent, then legislative drafting is for you: if not, not.
The critical issue with a legislative office, worldwide, is that it takes a considerable long period of intensive training of new appointees to reach a level of drafting skills and knowledge of the law sufficient to be allowed to work independently and without scrutiny of their work. It would thus be advisable for students with an interest in legislative drafting as a career to choose their subjects carefully, including Interpretation of Laws and Constitutional Law as subject matter.