About Lawctopus Law School
Since the last 10 years, Lawctopus’ mission has been to enable informed and inspired careers. While online media has been our medium of service until now, we have now ventured into e-learning as well.
Our online certificate course on ‘Contract Drafting and Negotiation’ will teach you the fundamentals of contracts, contract drafting, and contract negotiation.
In its revised and updated form, the course now has optional self-assessment assignments (over and above the compulsory assignment), and detailed video lectures on Contract Negotiation.
Lawctopus Law School’s Course on Contract Drafting and Negotiation
If you know your contracts well, you can make a living, or some would say a killing, (though we are against using war metaphors in learning) as a lawyer.
Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts are skills any lawyer (especially non-litigation practitioners) do for bread, butter, and Mercedes.
This course, designed for law students and young lawyers, will clarify your contracts-related concepts, and teach you the fundamentals of contract drafting.
This is how it is structured:
Module 1 and 2- Basics of Contracts
This module introduces you to the basics: what are the elements of a valid contract, provides you with an overview of the development of contract law, and sets you on a motion to begin mastering the subject.
Assignment 1 (self-assessment): Is this a contract?
Module 3- Pre Contractual Instruments: A step before the formal contract
This module will help you understand the prerequisites required before drafting a formal contract. An often-ignored topic, which will hold you in good stead.
Modules 4, 5, and 6- Drafting of Contracts: Understand the anatomy of a contract and its clauses
This module will help you to understand what are the various components which comprise an agreement. You will learn in-depth about drafting an excellent agreement and understand the various clauses which go into the making of a contract.
Assignment 2 (self-assessment): Be your client’s consulting lawyer.
Assignment 3 (self-assessment): Rewrite, redraft, and hone your craft!
Module 7- Execution Formalities and Processes
How is a contract effectuated after it is drafted and signed? In this module we’ll discuss issues like stamp duty, the role of witnesses, schedules, and annexures.
Module 8- Introduction to Negotiation
The real-world lawyers negotiate day in and day out and while entire books can be written on the subjects of negotiation, this primer is a good start.
UPDATE: We have added recorded video lectures by Garima Mitra (HNLU 2013 graduate and founder of Treelife Consulting) and Abhishek Nath Tripathi (NLSIU 2004 graduate and founder of Sarthak Advocates and Solicitors).
Module 9- Key Commercial Contracts
In this module, we will take a look at four key commercial contracts. We will see what exact clauses go into the making of these contracts, why are they important, and understand how these contracts and drafted and reviewed.
Assignment 4 (compulsory, evaluated): The full contract review and redrafting exercise.
Supplementary Module 10 and 11- Anatomy of a Contract or a Deep-Dive into various sections of a contract
Learn from Advocate Lokenath Chatterjee as he discusses each clause, each section of a contract thread-bare, from a legal and a practical/business perspective.
UPDATE: We have added another deep-dive of a contract into our new and updated course.
Supplementary Module 11- Summary and analysis of 20 leading cases on Contracts
Read about the 20 leading cases (the landmark and the recent cases) which have shaped Contract Law. We won’t leave you with mere information, we’ll leave you with a question!
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Faculty and Research Team: Contracts and Contract Drafting Course
Shayonee Dasgupta (Lead Researcher)
Shayonee is a 2012 graduate from NUJS, Kolkata. She has worked as an Associate at Trilegal (2012-15), and then at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas where she was a senior associate in 2017-18.
Deeply passionate about legal education, Shayonee is currently a consultant at IDIA, and is a freelance researcher-writer.
Abhishek Nath Tripathi (Faculty, Negotiation of Contracts)
Abhishek Nath Tripathi graduated from NLSIU Banglaore in 2004. In 2010, he started his own law firm Sarthak Advocates and Solicitors.
He was a senior associate at Luthra and Luthra from 2004-2009. He has also been a visiting faculty at Amity Law School, Delhi, and at NLSIU Bangalore.
Advocate Lokenath Chatterjee (Live Lectures)
Advocate Lokenath Chatterjee is one of the rising stars of the Calcutta High Court.
He has taught commercial laws at the Institute of Cost Accounts of India, and at NUJS, his alma matter. Mr. Chatterjee has also helped Lawctopus design interesting, practical exercises like the Contract Lab.
Rachel Chenchiah (Faculty Advisor)
Rachel is a 2011 graduate of NLSIU, Bangalore. She has been a Fellow at Teach for India, an Associate at Khaitan & Co., and a Research Associate at Azim Premji Foundation.
She has also worked as a Senior Legal Counsel at Infosys, Bangalore for 2 years and is currently a Legal Counsel at Ola Electric.
Mr. Bhumesh Verma (Recorded Lectures)
Bhumesh Verma is a seasoned legal practitioner with over 25 years of experience as a corporate lawyer. Mr. Verma has been a partner at Khaitan & Co., Paras Kuhad & Associates, and is currently the Managing Partner at Corp Comm Legal.
He is the author of the book ‘Practical Guide to Drafting Commercial Contracts’ published by OakBridge.
Garima Mitra (Faculty, Negotiation of Contracts)
Garima is a Lawyer by profession and leads the legal and compliance segment for Treelife Consulting. She advises emerging businesses in developing the best and most effective legal frameworks. Garima is a taskmaster and keeps the entire office on its toes.
Garima has a deep understanding of the legal aspects for startups and specialises in fundraising, contracts, privacy law and IPR. Additionally, she has vast experience in advising startups on their regulatory and compliance issues. When not at work, she’s busy feeding dogs or following healthy eating plans!
Debanshu Khettry (Development of Reading Modules)
Debanshu graduated from NUJS Kolkata in 2013, and did his LLM from University College London in 2014.
He’s the founder of Standard Indian Legal Citation, an Angel Investor with the Mumbai Angels Network and Calcutta Angels Network, and a corporate lawyer par excellence.
He worked with Platinum Partners, Delhi before taking the reigns of Leslie and Khettry, a renowned law firm established in 1944.
OakBridge (Knowledge Partner)
OakBridge is a new-age information services company. The Founders are IIM Bangalore alumni and seasoned executives having well rounded combined experience of 40+ years with leading MNCs like LexisNexis, Wolters Kluwer CCH, Pearson, McGraw-Hill and MacMillan, in the field of Publishing & Information Solutions, and Event Management.
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Who is this course for?
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students of law.
- Young lawyers who want to revise the fundamentals of contracts and contract drafting.
- CXOs, entrepreneurs, HR managers who wish to gain a basic understanding of contracts and how contracts and drafted.
- Legal academicians who want to gain a practical understanding of the drafting of contracts.
Details for our Contracts and Contract Drafting Course
Duration: 8 weeks
Course fee: Rs. 5900 (inclusive of GST)
Along with the course, you’ll get the e-book of Practical Guide to Drafting Commercial Contracts (published by OakBridge).
Mode of learning:
- Completely online and self-paced
- Recorded video lectures
- Text-based modules and reading resources
- Online based forum for doubts
- 4-6 live webinars/sessions (optional) with Lawctopus’ team and subject experts
Compulsory Assignment: a contract review and drafting exercise
- Optional assignment: Is this a contract/offer/consideration/etc.?
- Optional assignment: Be a lawyer, explain the client.
- Optional assignment: Redraft clauses.
- Compulsory assignment: Review, revise, and redraft a faulty agreement
- Get a certificate issued by Lawctopus Law School after the completion of the course.
- Free career counseling, CV, and career guidance for the best student in each batch.
- Get preferable internship slots with partner organisations (for the top-performing students in each batch).
- A chance to get published on Academike, Lawctopus’ Law Journal (ISSN: 2349-9796) (if your paper is around contract law).
- An opportunity to mentor future batches for senior students, academicians, and practitioners (this is a paid, part-time, work-from-position at Lawctopus).
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1. Do we have a live class every day?
No. We have:
- Recorded lectures by Lokenath Chatterjee, Bhumesh Verma, Garima Mitra, and Abhishek Tripathi
- Four-five 90-minute live classes spread throughout the course. The exact schedule of the classes is released beforehand.
- A well-researched reading material
- A discussion forum (for addressing doubts),
- Self-evaluation exercises involving understanding and drafting of various contract clauses
- A compulsory exercise involving contract review and drafting (with detailed markings)
- Orientation sessions and competition sessions
- Contracts-related master-classes
- Add-on webinars on various career aspects
2. How many hours should I spend every day to complete the course?
We suggest that you spend approximately 3-5 hours/week in doing the course.
When you spend these 3-5 hours is up to you. You may spend around 40 minutes each day or do it over the weekend.
3. I have not read contracts law at all. Can I do the course?
Yes, you can do the course if you can read and write English!
One of our modules explains the essential elements of a contract precisely. That should help you and is good enough to do the course.
The focus of the course is on review, drafting, and negotiation of contracts and not on what is usually taught as Contracts I and Contracts II in law schools.
4. The course duration is for 2-months. Can I access the course after 2 months are over?
Yes, you can access the course for a total of 4 months [2 months to complete the course + 2 months to review the course].
Please note that the course is complete by the end of the 2nd month. You can even watch the recorded versions of the live sessions which are recorded for that batch only.
However, if you want to revisit and revise the material in the course, you can do that for 2 months after the completion of the course.
So the access is given for 4 months.
5. What if I miss a live class?
We encourage you to attend the live classes after thorough preparations. Just like the real charm of a live match/performance is watching it live, the real value of a live class is in attending it live! A lot of new, practical things are covered; and of course, your questions are addressed too.
However, if you miss the live class, you can watch the recorded version of the live class which is uploaded for the specific batch only.
6. How will this course help me in my career?
Contract drafting and review is the bread, butter, and mayonnaise of nearly all types of lawyers: corporate lawyers, litigators, in-house counsels, even judges. As an academician/researcher, the course will introduce you to the practical niceties of contracts.
Contracts govern business and life in many ways. Through this course, you’ll have the skill to draft these important documents!
Through this course, you’ll gain knowledge and skills which help you stand-out in internships; and if you are a professional, skills which help you take up work around review and drafting of contracts.
Furthermore, a lot of what happens even in the niche fields like IPR and Sports Law involves dealing with contracts in these fields.
Many of our students have even secured freelance paid gigs, internships around contract review and drafting. Our add-on recorded webinar on ‘How to be a legal Freelancer‘ helps in this record.
Landing a freelance job can mean that the money you spend on this course can be recovered by the time you end the course provided you spend good time and effort into doing the course, and in landing a freelance job! It’s surely possible, with the contents of the course!
Finally, Lawctopus regularly helps its students and alumni get internships and jobs. We care deeply for our students and alumni!
7. Does this course cover X, Y, or Z type of agreement?
The focus of the course is on contract drafting, and not on drafting A, B, or C agreement.
Using the knowledge and skills you gain in this course, you’ll be able to draft nearly all types of agreements (of course, some advanced type of contracts require domain experience as well).