Lawctopus.com is India’s leading career portal for law students, and young lawyers and academicians. Founded in September 2010, Lawctopus’ journey has been covered in leading dailies and weeklies like The India Today, The Telegraph and The Economic Times.
Lawctopus has recently launched its first online course! Made after months of planning and research, feedback and improvisation, this course aims to teach students, young professionals, and academicians the fundamentals of legal research and writing.
Legal research and writing skills are useful for students, academicians, and professionals in the legal field, as well as students, academicians, and professionals in other fields who have an interest in the law. Social sciences, business, and STEM fields (patents, technology, and law) have strong intersections with the law.
Research and writing skills are areas which no ‘knowledge worker’ can do without.
This course designed by experts will help you master exactly that! Of course, the course has a strong focus on legal research and writing.
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.
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.
Module VI addresses how to present legal research in writing.
Module VII explains how to present legal research verbally.
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.
The course has been prepared by Abhayraj Naik and Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj. The delivery of the course will be done by the 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.
Who is this course for?
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students of law
- Postgraduate students of social sciences, business and even STEM fields if they have a strong interest in the law and/or if their research has a core legal component
- 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 law firmites)
- Other professionals interested to know more about research and writing in law
Duration: 8 weeks
Course fee: Rs. 3000 (for the first batch only) + 18% GST.
Mode of learning:
- Completely online and self-paced
- Recorded video lectures
- Text-based modules and reading resources
- Online based forum for doubts
- Assignment: submission of a short research paper
- Optional reflective exercises
- Live webinars with Lawctopus’ team
- Get a certificate issued by Lawctopus after the completion of the course
- Free career counseling, CV and career guidance for the best student in each batch. This is meant for undergraduate and postgraduate students only.
- Get a secured internship (for the best student in each batch)
If you have any questions, please leave a comment on this post or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call us at +91 99156 08676 (Jatin Garg) from 10 AM to 7 PM.
Last date to register: March 31