Interpreting Legislation


Course Description

Interpreting Legislation is a 14-hour intermediate-level course. It is intended for those who received the overview of the modern method of interpreting legislation from Principles of Administrative Justice. Administrative tribunals result from the legislation. As a result, all administrative justice professionals – decision-makers, administrators, advocates, and investigators – must interpret legislation. These include acts, regulations, and bylaws, as well as policies and contracts. This course develops experience in the modern method. It also uses an organized statutory interpretation process. Participants practice the method and process in exercises requiring them to work on their own and in groups. The course takes them through typical interpretation problems. It presents the most challenges in interpreting legislation. It gives learners a sound foundation in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to tackle interpretation questions.

Livestream Course Dates

  • January 31, February 1, 3,& 4, 2022 (8:30 am – 12:00 pm MT)

  • May 26, 27 ,30, & 31, 2022 (8:30 am – 12:00 pm MT)

  • September 12, 13, 15, & 16, 2022 (8:30 am – 12:00 pm MT)

  • November 1, 2, 7, & 8, 2022 (9:30 am – 1:00 pm MT)

  • Available via self-paced elearning also


Course Purpose

This course intends to:

  • promote appreciation of the importance of legislation and its interpretation.

  • refresh knowledge and skills for locating, understanding, and citing legislation.

  • employ best practices for interpreting legislation in all aspects of administrative practice.

  • strengthen competencies in interpreting legislative text needed by decision-makers, administrators, advocates, and investigators.

  • Incorporate legislative interpretation into decision-making and advocacy.

Course Learning Objectives

After this course, learners will be able to:

  • appreciate the central role of legislation in administrative advocacy and decision-making.

  • explain the organization and significance of the legislation.

  • break down legislation so it can be interpreted.

  • interpret legislation using the modern method for interpreting legislation.

  • apply a thorough process for interpreting legislation to reach a defendable decision or cogent argument based on the legislation.

  • assess their strengths and weaknesses in interpreting legislation to plan for further professional development.

Recommended prior FOAJ Training:  Principles of Administrative Justice 

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Livestream: $1,070.00 Members / $1,320.00 Non Members

Elearning: $1,320.00

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