Under law-making, the author proposes to understand a certain type of rule-making, representing a certain form of legal activity, based on a scientific and methodological base, on positive rule-making experience aimed at creating, supplementing, and also abolishing the rules of law. Various points of view on the concept of lawmaking are considered. There is an opinion that law cannot be created in offices, it exists independently of the legislator in real legal life. At the same time, the role of state bodies is to find this right in the form of existing relations in society and formalize it in the form of a law, decree, regulatory agreement, or in the form of a judicial precedent. It is noted that legal monitoring is of great importance both in the process of finding law in real relations in society, and in the preparation of legal norms by legislators and scientists. The methods and types of lawmaking are determined. Its main and additional functions are revealed.