Upcoming Seminar:
June 18-29, 2018

This seminar stresses learning by doing. Participants will convert specific legislative proposals into the drafting of bills. Instruction will include the basics in drafting common statutory provisions. The United States legislative process will be introduced as a case study.


Key Topics:

  • Legislative Drafting Principles and Analysis
  • Elements of Legislative Drafting: Rules and Exercises
  • Hands-On Drafting of Legislation
  • Drafting Common Legislative Provisions
  • Legislative Process

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Washington, DC; 10 Business Days; Tuition $3950

October 8-19, 2018

This course offers an intensive experience in drafting legislation. The course assists participants in mastering legislative provisions that pose special challenges to legislative drafters. Participants will draft all language necessary to develop and amend a simple bill as it would move through the legislative process and will also organize and draft a long, complex bill involving the reorganization of government bodies. Some prior experience in legislative drafting or legislation is helpful.


Key Topics:

  • Drafting a Simple Bill
  • Drafting Amendments to a Bill and to Law
  • Instruction on Specialized Legislative Processes
  • Drafting a Government Grant Program
  • Drafting Government Reorganization
  • Drafting a Complex Bill

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Washington, DC; 10 Business Days; Tuition $3950

Course Advisor:

Arthur J. Rynearson served as the Deputy Legislative Counsel of the United States Senate from 1999 to 2003. For more than 26 years, he was an attorney-drafter in the Office of the Legislative Counsel, United States Senate, where he drafted thousands of bills, resolutions, and amendments. He has 20 years experience teaching legislative drafting and legislation to foreign parliamentarians, attorneys, and law students. He also served as a legislative researcher for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He is a graduate of the Cornell University Law School, where he specialized in international legal affairs, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hamilton College, where he majored in Government. Mr. Rynearson is also the author of Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step (Carolina Academic Press-ILI, 2013), a user-friendly guide to drafting legislation.

Additional Faculty:

  • Anthony C. Coe, Former Senior Counsel (Ret.), Office of the Legislative Counsel, United States Senate
  • Polly Craighill, Former Senior Counsel (Ret.), Office of the Legislative Counsel, United States Senate
  • Kenneth Kraft, Former Appropriations Committee Counsel (Ret.), United States House of Representatives
  • Susan Oursler, Former Chief Clerk (Ret.) of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee



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