About the Course
Law school unfortunately teaches us very little about the skills we need to practice in courts.
When you join a law office for the first time as an intern or a junior associate, it is natural to feel lost and unable to understand what’s expected of you.
Your seniors or even colleagues will not have the bandwidth to train you or explain the intricacies of the practice before assigning you complex tasks, given their unending workload.
This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skill-set to become a resource at your workplace by making a good impression on any litigation lawyer or a law firm and while arguing in Court.
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It will teach you a simple process through which you can convert bulky case files into short case notes/summaries.
These case notes will help you and your senior lawyers stay organized, and will help you in Court as you make your arguments.
How will the Course help you?
- You will learn the skill of properly reading Case Files which are the foundation of a legal practice.
- Condense the Case Files into proper notes.
- Make you well-versed in the proceedings of a court.
- Be well-prepared in court but also help ease the burden of your seniors.
- Be deemed fit as a team player, quickly gaining the trust of your seniors and getting meaningful work.
The course has been conceived to equip you with the requisite skill-set for preparing an effective court brief/note.
It gives you a foundational and smooth understanding of the courtrooms and case files, replete with examples, illustrations and sample templates of various kinds of court briefs.
The course contains 4 modules
Module 1: You will be introduced to the Course, its relevance, goals & objectives.
You will learn about the level of preparedness of an Advocate in a Courtroom on the Judge who is hearing the case.
Module 2: You will be acquainted with the basics of functioning of a Courtroom.
You will gain an insight into the various stages of court proceedings in civil as well as criminal cases and know what is the right nomenclature to be used for parties in a litigation.
You will be taught how to use the E-Courts Websites to check case status, previous orders as well as cause lists. Further, you will be introduced to the concept and significance of case files.
Module 3: Module 3 builds upon the basics covered in the previous Module and elaborates on the last few steps you need to take in preparation before you actually start creating court briefs.
You will delve deeper into case files by discerning their arrangement, the difference between a lawyer’s case file & a Judge’s case file and how to start reading them properly. You will then explore the meaning of notes/briefs, their utility, relevance and significance to a lawyer.
Module 4: In this module you will put your knowledge into practice by making connections between all the previous Modules to decipher how your learnings will help you create an effective brief of a case file.
You will comprehensively and extensively go through various kinds of briefs/notes that can be prepared along with sample templates.
You will be provided with an indicative checklist to help you review your brief, once created, by enumerating the things to remember and mistakes to avoid.
Self-Assessments: Each Module carries a set of 5 MCQs for self-assessment enabling you to zero in on your key takeaways from the Module.
Prepare a brief of the Public Interest Litigation provided in the dummy case file. Get feedback from our subject matter experts.
This course has been ideated and designed by Harshita Agarwal & Sanya Arora. The recorded video lectures have been delivered by Javedur Rahman.
Harshita Agarwal: Harshita is the Lead Faculty for this course and is currently working at Link Legal. She graduated from the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) and has been practicing in Delhi since then.
She has a rich experience working on cases ranging from insolvency to arbitration. While supervising interns/junior at law firms she witnessed the gap between the practical nuances of law & education imparted at colleges and therefore decided to develop a course to help fill the void.
Sanya Arora: Sanya is the Lead Researcher and writer of this course. She completed her LLB (3 years) from Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh in 2018. She holds an Honors Degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College For Women, Delhi University. She has experience in Civil & Commercial litigation, IPR, Consumer, Arbitration etc., and has practiced in courts across Delhi/NCR.
As she recalls, contrary to her apprehensions, her initial struggle in litigation was not attributed to her lack of legal knowledge but was consequential to a heady, chaotic mix of her ignorance of the Modus Operandi of various Courts/Tribunals and her inability to prepare case files for a hearing which she eventually learned through experience.
The enterprising individual that she is, she came up with the idea for this course and joined hands with Lawctopus Law School for its development.
Javedur Rahman: Javedur Rahman is an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India. He started practice right after graduating from NUJS, Kolkata, in 2013. Though based out of Delhi, he has appeared before many High Courts across the country including Gauhati, Punjab & Haryana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Bombay, Delhi as well as Rajasthan.
He has a rich and diverse experience in various fields of law including constitutional law, taxation laws, election laws, consumer protection laws and various other fields of law. He nurtures a keen interest in sharing his experience in the field of litigation with law students as well as law graduates in the form of teaching.
Who is this course for?
- Undergraduate students of law.
- Anybody looking to make a career in litigation
- Young lawyers (both litigators and those working in law firms)
Duration: 3 weeks
Course fee: Rs. 2000 (inclusive of GST)
Batch start date: October 5, 2020
Mode of learning
- Completely online and self-paced
- Recorded video lectures
- 3-4 live lectures for clearing of doubts, discussion on assignments, etc.
- Text-based modules and reading resources
- Online based forum to clarify doubts
- Compulsory assignment
- Self-assessment exercises
- Live and exclusive webinars on careers in legal research, CV-building, etc.
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