For Lawyers in the 21st century, it is not enough to know of the developments in Information & Communication Technologies.
To stay relevant in the field, you must also participate in the opportunities that have come to fore to improve administration and access to justice.
Back when we set out to build a course that students of law (both young and old) will find value in, we were guided by the desire to teach them the core skills of being a ‘Tomorrow’s Lawyer’.
Keeping in mind the future of law, we wanted to gear them up not just with contemporary and future ways of dispute resolution but also train them to deliver it through the medium which will soon replace a major chunk of traditional platforms of dispute resolution like physical courtrooms, tribunals, lok-adalats etc.
Leveraging technology to reduce the pendency of disputes is a priority of the Judiciary as well as the Government. An aggressive promotion of virtual courtrooms and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms by these institutions tells us a lot about what we must do to stay relevant in the profession.
Bar Council of India mandating that Mediation be taught compulsorily in law schools is a big testament to the importance of this subject for all lawyers!
This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skill-set to start your journey in Online Dispute Resolution.
The course will give you an overview of the Online Dispute Resolution processes with a focus on online mediation and electronic arbitration.
Additionally, this course will teach you how to be effective in communication and facilitation. Given the applied nature of the field, we will also discuss the types of disputes that are most suited for Online Dispute Resolution.
This course has been designed by Akshetha Ashok & Pranjal Sinha of SAMA.
SAMA is a government recognized Online Dispute Resolution Institution, with 650+ mediators/arbitrators and 850+ case managers in 85+ cities across India.
Akshetha Ashok: Akshetha Ashok, co-founder at Sama, has completed her dispute resolution training from ADR-ODR, London.
She serves as the Chief Legal Officer at Sama and is responsible for managing neutrals and case-managers. (Neutrals are to ODR, what a Mediator is to mediation).
She also trained officials of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of West Bengal in mediation for consumer disputes.
Pranjal Sinha: Pranjal Sinha, co-founder at Sama, is the Youngest recipient of the prestigious JAMS Weinstein International Fellowship in the world, and has attended Programme on Negotiation at Harvard Law School & Fellows’ training at JAMS, San Francisco.
He is also a certified mediator from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.
Dr. N Venkateshwarlu: Dr. N Venkateshwarlu is a Senior Assistant Professor at Department of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad. He is a UGC-Research Awardee and the Course Director for ICSSR’s Research Methodology Programme.
He has also authored the book ‘Law Relating to Online Dispute Resolution in India’ (Theory & Practice)’.
Who is this course for?
Undergraduate, postgraduate, and advanced students of law
Young and experienced lawyers (both litigators and those working in law firms)
Individuals looking to work in the field of access to justice
Academicians looking to enhance their knowledge of ODR
Individuals, entrepreneurs, and professionals with interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Anybody with interest in Legal Technology and Innovation
4-5 live lectures for clearing of doubts, discussion on assignments, etc. (Recorded versions of the live lectures will be made available for those who miss attending it live or those who want to revise the live lecture)
Text-based modules and reading resources
Online based forum for doubt resolution and peer-to-peer learning
Optional reflective exercises
Live and exclusive webinars on careers in Online Dispute Resolution, CV-building, etc.
Get a certificate issued by Lawctopus Law School after the completion of the course
Free career counseling, CV, and career guidance for the best students 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 Online Dispute Resolution)
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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