About the Course
Made after months of planning and research, feedback, and improvisation, this course aims to teach law students, young professionals, and academicians the fundamentals of legal research and writing.
Every legal person, whether you are a student, a corporate lawyer, or an academician needs to have strong legal research and writing skills. It’s a skill you cannot live without.
Note: Learners will be having year-long access for the courses.
This course designed by experts will help you master exactly that!
UPDATE: Based on the feedback from our 1st batch, our modules, design, and delivery of the course has undergone a fair bit of upgradation.
The course now has a full-fledged ‘Assignments Module’ which addresses the fundamental, practical questions of doing legal research and writing like:
- How do I find literature gaps? “Everything I read seems alright. I don’t know how to produce something novel”.
- What all should I footnote? How do I do that?
- How do I get published in top law journals and win essay competitions?
How the course will help you:
The knowledge and skills you learn from the course will help you:
- Write excellent, publishable research papers that improve your ‘self’ and your ‘CV’.
- Write prize-winning moot court memorials.
- Draft high-quality legal opinions as a lawyer.
The course contains eight modules:
Module I introduces you to the idea of research generally. It asks: how should research be done? Everyone has a different answer to this seemingly simple question. This module tells you some common answers and asks you to pick the one you like.
Module II is about research design. It tells you the steps of a research process and discusses them briefly – choosing the topic and title, understanding and explaining the framework of your research, coming up with a research problem, making a research question & hypothesis, deciding the research methodology & method, and writing & presenting the research.
Exactly how you take these steps depends, of course, on the philosophy (‘answer’) you pick in Module I.
ASSIGNMENT 1: Choose a research topic, research questions, and get personal feedback from our subject matter experts.
Module III tells you more about research methodology & method. What is “methodology”? What is “method”?
Although you would have already read these terms in Module II, Module III gives you more detail. It also explains how the various research methodologies can be classified under the headings qualitative, quantitative and mixed.
Finally, it tells you which methodologies and methods are best suited to doctrinal/analytical and empirical research.
Module IV dives straight into doctrinal/analytical research methods. How do you research a given legal issue? How do you find the right legislation or case law? This module explains how to best use available resources to find the authority you need.
Module V is the empirical counterpart of Module IV. It discusses the various kinds of research methods under qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies.
ASSIGNMENT 2: Submit a rough draft, with the structure of your paper and literature review spelled out. Get feedback from our subject matter experts.
Module VI addresses how to present legal research in writing.
Module VII explains how to present legal research verbally.
ASSIGNMENT 3: Submit a fair draft, with footnotes, references, etc. Get feedback again!
Module VIII deals with the ethics of legal research. What are the practices you must do during research, and which ones must you avoid? This module explains various scenarios in which ethics become important.
ASSIGNMENT 4: Submission of the final paper.
ASSIGNMENT 5: Presentation of your paper before a panel (for best-performing students).
The course has been prepared by Abhayraj Naik and Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj. The delivery of the course will be done by the e-learning and subject-matter experts at Lawctopus.
Tanuj Kalia, our CEO, and Jatin Garg (an expert in legal instructional design), worked on the overall coordination and planning of the course.
Abhayraj Naik did his BA LLB (Hons.) from NLSIU Bangalore in 2006 and LLM from Yale Law School in 2009.
He is currently an independent researcher and consultant and has previously taught in colleges like JGLS, Azim Premji University, and NLSIU. He has also been a research fellow at SARAI-CSDS, and a researcher at the Environment Support Group in Bangalore.
Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj is the lead researcher and writer of this course. He completed his BA LLB (Hons.) from NLUD in 2017 where he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal for the Best Overall Student (Male).
He then worked at the chambers of Gopal Sankarnarayanan for a year and then went on to complete LLM from Michigan Law School in 2019.
Prof. Anupama Sharma is an Assistant Professor at JGLS, Sonipat. She has completed B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from the NUJS, Kolkata in 2014, and LL.M. from the University of Cambridge, UK in June 2015, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong.
She has been a part of various research projects run by institutions and organizations, such as Cambridge Pro Bono Project, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), International Justice Mission, etc. She has also been a Legislative Review Team member for the Journal of Indian Law and Society (JILS).
Who is this course for?
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students of law
- Faculty members in the fields of law, social sciences, and business wishing to strengthen their basics of legal research and writing
- Young lawyers (both litigators and those working in law firms)
Duration: 8 weeks.
The 5th batch will officially start from August 1.
Course fee: Rs. 3800 + 18% GST.
Mode of learning:
- Completely online and self-paced
- Recorded video lectures
- 4-5 live lectures for clearing of doubts, discussion on assignments, etc.
- Text-based modules and reading resources
- Online based forum for doubts
- Assignment: submission of a short research paper
- Optional reflective exercises
- Live and exclusive webinars on careers in legal research, CV-building, etc.
We go out of our way to support our students!
- Live orientation session which tells you about our platform and how to make full use of the course.
- 4-6 live sessions with subject matter experts (in these live classes you clarify your doubts, discuss your research projects, and learn about research and writing from another expert).
- A broadcast only Whatsapp group to check updates easily and fast.
- 4-level feedback on your assignment (submission of a research paper)
- Get a certificate issued by Lawctopus after the successful completion of the course
- Free career counseling, CV, and career guidance webinars for everyone
- Get preferable internship slots (for the top-performing 2-4 students in each batch)
- A chance to get published on Academike, Lawctopus’ Law Journal (ISSN: 2349-9796)
- 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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Some achievements of the students of Lawctopus’ Legal Research and Writing Course till now:
1. One student has got published in NUALS Law Journal. She’ll also present the paper in an international seminar on Liberty!
2. Another student got her article published on LiveLaw.in.
3. A third student got his piece published in Law School Policy Review and has got Research Assistantship with a Professor from Oxford University. He’ll be working on a legal history project in the Bombay High Court.
4. A fourth student got a research internship with a leading education provider.
These are just indicative list of achievements. While these achievements are due to the students’ own initiative and hard work, they have told us that the course helped them towards these, and we couldn’t be happier!
This course teaches you Legal Research and Writing from A to Z!
Whether you are a 1st-year law student from a lesser ranked law college, or whether you are an experienced faculty member who already has a PhD or you may even be a practicing lawyer wishing to know what the exact process behind quality legal research and writing can look like, you’ll find this course of great utility and spark!