Course announcement: NUJS Diploma course on Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws and How It is Useful for Law Students

[The following announcement is posted
on behalf of the course administrators. It may be of interest to some of our
readers]
Law schools or colleges in India do not
really focus on teaching practical skills – they rather try to inculcate skills
of research, writing and analysis – which are essential, but do not give you
all the skills you need to provide legal services to a client. Consider the
following:
You read contract law in class. But can you draft a contract? How
about a franchisee agreement or a simple non-disclosure agreement?
Would you like to learn how to incorporate companies and limited
liability partnerships, and how to draft a partnership deed or memoranda of
association?
A few things to think about: What difference will it make if you
learn all these practical aspects of law? Do you want to learn about the
business side of law? Do you wonder how all the law you are learning will be
useful eventually when you start practising?
A
one of a kind online diploma course developed to address these issues is now
being offered by NUJS. The recommended target group includes entrepreneurs,
business managers, working professionals and consultants. The course will also
be useful for law students of all sorts, irrespective of their year of study. Law students and young lawyers can benefit immensely from
the practical skills that will be taught in the course.
For corporate and tax law enthusiasts, the course has modules
covering steps for incorporation of companies and LLPs, how promoters can be
remunerated from their company, annual compliance, getting licenses for
import-export, tax registrations and filings, negotiating venture capital term sheets
and investment agreements.
Imagine learning how to register a trademark, drafting contracts
such as employment agreements and non-disclosure agreements, negotiating
investments, getting business licenses and learning how to supply to the
government, for your clients – these are not even taught in the best law
schools.
However,
make do ensure before you take the course that it falls in your interest area.
Read the
syllabus
and the course website
http://startup.nujs.edu carefully.
Some pointers about the
course
– If you are unsatisfied with how little practical legal skills
are taught in you college, this would be of interest to you.
– Although the duration of the course is one year, the best thing
about the course is that it will be taught over an online learning management
system (LMS) – which means you can access it and learn at your own convenient
time. There is no compulsory physical attendance requirement of any sort. This
also means that you do not need to visit Kolkata to take the course.
– Qualification threshold (you need to submit your 12th pass
certificate) has been kept low so that entrepreneurs can benefit from it – but
that also means all law students can join the course.
– The assessment will be on the basis of periodic online tests.
There will be a viva with NUJS faculty at the end, which can be taken online
over Skype if you can’t personally visit NUJS.
– The course has been conceptualised and is being marketed by
iPleaders, a venture started by two NUJS alumni who quit their law firm jobs to
start this course.
Teaching Methodology and Faculty
The course will be taught online through a combination of study
materials and video lectures, delivered on an online platform. The faculty will
comprise experienced professionals from law firms, government and litigators.

For complete details, check
the course website
here.

About the author

Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

10 comments

  • Hi Himanshu, if you want to develop your knowledge in areas such as investment negotiation or government procurement law (please see the syllabus on the course website for detailed syllabus)the course will be a great place to start with. While working in-house, it could also help if you understand the practical business implications of employtment laws, IP law,arbitration etc. Also if you intend to service SME and startup companies as a consultant, this could be very useful. All the best!

  • i have come to know about this course only today. it would be impossible for me to enroll this year. The course structure genuinely sounds real helpful. Would this course be available next year as well??

  • i just completed my graduations and a cs final student. Will this course help me out when i will actually became a cs. Further i want to know whether this course is useful for getting better job opportunities. Please help me out.

  • hello…
    I just completed my graduation and I am also a CS final student. Please let me know whether is course will be beneficial for me in getting better job opportunities and increasing my knowledge related to company law. please rply fast. I am really confused.

    Thank you
    Priyanka Goenka
    csprank@gmail.com

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