Online Certificate Course on Legal Research and Writing by Lawctopus Law School [Aug 5 – Sep 30]: Register by July 20

legal research and writing course

About the Course

Developed after months of planning and research, feedback, and improvisation, this course by Lawctopus Law School 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!

How the course will help you:

The knowledge and skills you learn from the course will help you:

  • Develop excellent research and writing skills
  • 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

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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 the 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 spelt 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)

Assignments Module

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?

 

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Course Developers

The course has been prepared by Abhayraj Naik, Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj, and Anupama Sharma. 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 naikAbhayraj 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 bhardwajShrutanjaya 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.

 

Vershika Sharma is the Learning Manager for this course and the live classes’ faculty for the course.

Vershika graduated from NLU Jodhpur with a stream rank 1, hons. Rank 1 and batch rank 3. She completed her LLM from HPNLU, Shimla where she again topped the batch.

Hugely invested and passionate about education, Vershika has been an academic mentor at IDIA, Rajasthan. Vershika has taught over 300 students the intricacies of legal research and writing. To enhance her online teaching skills, Vershika also completed an intensive online course on ‘The Art of Facilitation‘ from Colab.x. Her students loved her classes before that, now they love the classes even more!

Guest Faculty

Anupama SharmaProf. 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)
  • Students of other streams interested in gaining legal research and writing skills

 

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Details

Duration: 8 weeks.

Course fee: Rs. 4800 (inclusive of GST)

Mode of learning:

  • Completely online and self-paced
  • Recorded video lectures
  • 7-8 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)

Add-on benefits:

  • Get a certificate issued by Lawctopus after the successful completion of the course
  • Free career counselling, 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)

Contact 

If you have any questions, please leave a comment on this post or email at courses@lawctopus.com

Want to talk to someone before taking a decision? Call our counsellor Snigdha Ghatak at +91-9711614572, between 10.30 am to 7.30 pm (Monday is weekly off for us!)

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Some achievements of the students of Lawctopus’ Legal Research and Writing Course till now:

1. Our students have got their articles published on the following platforms:

  • NUALS Law Journal
  • LiveLaw
  • LawAndOtherThings
  • Law School Policy Review

2. Some of the achievements of our students/projects our students are working on:

  • Presenting their papers in an international seminar on Liberty
  • Securing a Research Assistantship with a Professor from the Oxford University
  • Working on a legal history project in the Bombay High Court.
  • Securing a research internship with a leading education provider

3. Thanks to the excellent research, writing, and editing skills, many of our students submit better CVs and writing samples which has lead to a dozen of internship offers.

4. Many of our students have won the country’s best legal essay writing competitions after this course!

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 practising 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!

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FAQs:

1. Do we have a live class every day?

No. We have:

  • Recorded lectures by Mr. Abhayraj Naik
  • Four-five 90-minute live classes spread throughout the course conducted by our subject matter experts (Prof. Anupama Sharma, Advocate Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj and other equally accomplished experts). The exact schedule of the classes is released beforehand.
  • A well-researched reading material
  • A discussion forum (for addressing doubts)
  • 1 large assignment (divided into 4 mini-assignments)
  • Orientation sessions and competition sessions
  • Open sessions
  • 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 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 never done any research or writing. Can I do this course?

Yes, this course is designed to help an absolute newbie to learn the fundamentals and nuances of legal research and writing.

Even senior academicians find the course of immense use.

If you are a professional looking to improve their research and writing skills, this course will help you too.

4. The course duration is 2 months long. Can I access the course after the 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. We have strict deadlines for submission of the 4 mini-assignments which have to be followed.

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.

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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?

Good research and writing skills are absolutely crucial (no questions asked) for any knowledge professional.

Every legal professional, whether a corporate lawyer or a litigator, a judge or an academician, requires good legal research and writing skills.

Through this course, you’ll learn these core skills.

Consider this: even your CV and cover letters are evaluated by recruiters as short writing samples. Is it written well, formatted well? Interestingly, our students have told us that after this course their internship applications which were rejected earlier were not getting accepted!

Good research and writing skills are transferable to multiple domains.

The course will also help you do well in moots, publications, and conferences and seminars.

7. What are the assignments in the course?

There is only one compulsory assignment: submission of a 1500-2500 word short research essay.

The assignment is divided into 4 mini-assignments. Submission of:

  1. A research topic and questions
  2. An initial literature review and a rough structure
  3. Rough draft with references and footnotes
  4. Final research paper

Each mini-assignment is followed by feedback from the faculty. Each student is given feedback. We pride on being able to give 4-level feedback.

8. Will the course help me do an ‘X’ or a ‘Y’ draft?

The intention of the course is to teach you legal research and writing skills.

Any type of legal drafting, civil or criminal or corporate, requires good research and writing skills.

The focus of this course is not on particular drafts, but on legal research and writing as the broader skill-set.

9. Can I do this course without having access to Manupatra, SCCOnline, library?

Yes.

There are many free, open sources available online which can help you with your research. SSRN, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, IndianKanoon, Government websites, and many free and open law journals (both from India and abroad), are an excellent repository of knowledge, information, and insights. We also provide a list of such sources.

 

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  1. Hello,

    Do you have a sample video may of 10-20 minutes available, where we can get a taster of the course or content?

  2. Hey, can you please clarify if doing citations will also be taught in this course?

  3. Hey, can you please clarify if we will be taught how to cite also in this course? Thank you!

  4. I am unable to enroll in the Jan-Feb course as the payment option isn’t operational. Will the payment option be open later on?

  5. Hi,

    I really wanted to enroll for this course, however the last date has passed, is there any chance I can make the payment(today, for the next coming batch – post jan)and access the study material (videos and text resources) december onwards?

    Sincerely,

  6. Hi,

    Can i please apply today, I was unable to apply yesterday due to technical reasons.

  7. Sir…will there be a 7th batch too? As today is the last day to register for the 6th batch and right now I won’t be able to enroll. Please reply asap

  8. It says that the registration is open till November 5th but the 6th batch has officially started from October 1st. Can you please clarify since I’m willing to join.

  9. Thanks for this informative blog. its really helps me as this blog gives all information

  10. Hi, when will the next batch (7th) starts ? as right now due to college exams I wouldn’t be join the current batch.

  11. I have no command over English. should I go for this course first or improve my English first?

    1. Hi Rahul, if you have no command over English then you might not be able to do the course well. However, if you are willing to work harder, you can do this course. You’ll have to read/watch everything twice, and you’ll be good to go.

  12. This course looks promising but I didnt see anything that would inform me about the procedure to put this knowledge into action i.e. getting my articles published on reputed platforms. Please throw some light on that.

  13. Can 1st year law students take up this course?( If we’re pursuing 5year law degree)

  14. I would love to join this course but i have a issue that my mid semester examination will be going on between the course period i.e from 21 – 25 sep. will i be able to manage this course simultaneously with my examinations?

    1. Hi Deept, you’ll be able to manage. If an assignment falls within this duration, you can ask for an extension. But you must communicate it with us.

  15. Hello. There is one typo error in FAQ 6, para starting with .. consider this…are now* (instead of not*) getting accepted.
    Thank you.

  16. Hello, I was planning on registering for the Batch starting on August 1st. Are slots still available?

    1. Please do reply ASAP, I would really look forward to enrolling for this course

  17. Hello, I am Tanishka, online sources like SCC or Manupatra are usually required for research but I don’t have access to any of these, will it be a problem to join the course if I don’t have access of the afore?

  18. Hey sir
    Rajat here
    Sir i m from jk ! And I have internet connection problems as u know 2g is working there! So videos are available offline also? Can we watch them offline !?

  19. Hello,
    Is this course easy to understand for the first year enrolled students of LLB?
    Waiting for a reply soon.
    Best Regards
    Mohit

    1. Yes. It’s easy to understand. The purpose of this course is to teach you legal research and writing and we have many 1st year students doing the course. Even academicians do this course to brush up their skills/revise.

  20. hey, i just submitted my payment and i went to my id to change the password but i forgot the old password can you please help me

  21. Is there any free course because there are students who aren’t able to pay the fees but wanted to study various courses if there are then please do convey.

  22. Hello,I am inquiring  regarding Online Legal research and writing. Please let me can I register now?what are the timings?will I be able cover backlog sessions?Please reply ASAP

    1. You have stated in “achievements of students who took this course” that one student 3 got published in Law School Policy Review and got Research Assistantship with a Professor from Oxford University. He’ll be working on a legal history project in the Bombay High Court” — can you please tell me which professor from oxford university and how he got the RA?

      I am looking forward to starting this course soon, after this query is responded to

  23. im going to be enroll as a research scholar wanted to join this course. can i join it now on 29th of may by paying 3500?

  24. I am a Govt Law College Professor and Research Guide and has experience in handling classes for scholars and guides in fora including those of Christ University Banglore.
    If you are interested, I would like to associate with you by taking online classes and by providing materials including ppt and other materials.

  25. i want to talk to Tanuj Kalia sir, please contact me on 9947300916
    I would like to join Legal research course

  26. Hi sir, i just go through the course.
    If the registration is open…is it possible to make payment in installments for the course?

    1. Hi Vrinda, sorry but you cannot make payments in installments. We are trying to have scholarships and partial payments from August 1 onwards to make our courses more accessible. Best,

  27. hi
    just go to know about the course,i have registered but i am facing an issue with the transaction

  28. Hello,
    I have just gone through the legal research course about to begin from 1st of June. Can you please let me know that wil there be any online session (if yes, what wil be the time slot) or recorded lecture?

  29. Hi, since the course starts on 1 June, can I enrol for Batch 3 now?

  30. hello, I just came across the post. is there any vacancy in the batch? if yes, I would love to join in.

  31. Hi can i join this course, i ll make the payment right now if registration is still open. I just came across the course now

  32. I am from Nepal , how can I pay the program fee and get enroll in this.

  33. Since we are already at home due to the prevailing health crisis, is it possible the course could be started earlier – say in the month of May itself? If things smoothen out, my college may open in July, preventing me from learning the key aspects of the last four modules.

    1. Hi Jei, you’ll be given 50% of the course access from April 21 onwards. You can read the modules and watch the videos for the first 4/5 modules from April 21 onwards.

    2. Hi. Is there a possiblity to enrol past the deadline for the third batch ?

  34. i wasnt aware about this course , is there any chance i can enroll now ?

  35. Hii,can I puchase the course by involving one of my friends to purchase it so that we both have access to material. I want to go dutch

  36. Hi can i join this course, i ll make the payment right now if registration is still open. I just came across the course now

      1. Its 21st April and registration deadline seems to be passed…can I still enroll for course?

  37. hey I’m having some payment issues. I tried paying with a card and today is the last date

  38. Hi Can I please join this course, I saw the notification a day after the deadline.

    1. Hi Anchal, you can join the 2nd batch of this course. The 2nd batch will officially start from June 1. However, you can access the study material (videos and text resources) from April 11 onwards. Best,

      1. Can I join the course scheduled for next month. . Please convey the dates of Registration

        Thanks & Regards

        Rajesh Choudhary