Education in India is changing at lightning speed. We are no longer restricted to conventional classroom teaching. Unconventional modes of teaching have infested the legal sector as well. Today, anyone can learn any subject of their interest at any given point of the day. All they need is the internet. Apart from ease of access and learning at any hour of the day, online education encompasses all the other aspects of classroom learning and evaluation.
Are online courses worthwhile?
With universities like Oxford and Harvard identifying the need to come up with online courses, one can hardly doubt whether online courses are credible or not. Online courses are meant to help you with the knowledge that your degree was not able to provide you. For instance, an HR management student is never taught Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws or Labour Laws although their job profile demands it. With the availability of online courses, you can easily learn these laws.
Online courses can look great on the resume. They are indicative of the fact that you are a highly dedicated and motivated individual who has taken extra effort to pursue his interests. These courses give you practical knowledge that most law schools fail to provide. They are meant for everyone and anyone who is willing to take them. Unlike admissions at law schools, there is no bar to who may or may not be eligible to take online legal courses. They are easily accessible and interactive at the same time. Testimonies of people like Suyash, Chirag and a lot of others who benefited due to online courses are proof of the fact that these courses aren’t all bark and no bite.
Online courses are the need of the hour. Here is a list of top 5 online courses providers in India:
National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (NUJS)
One of the best law universities in India, NUJS announced its online courses way back in 2012. NUJS identified the need for practical skill development for lawyers and started 19 online courses with iPleaders. With over thousands of registrations each year, these courses are an experience in itself. Their Online Diploma on Entrepreneurship Administration in Business Laws is unprecedented and has had over two thousand registrations since its inception. Its alumni boasts of graduates from Harvard, Stanford, NYU, IITs, IIMS, NLUs, a few IAS officers, officials from Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Finance from Government of India, top law firms like Amarchand and Mangaldas, AZB & Partners, Luthra and Luthra etc. Overall, NUJS is the best and most credible online course provider in India.
- Brand Value of NUJS Kolkata (arguably one of India’s best law schools)
- Exhaustive modules prepared by over 50 top lawyers of the country
- Resource library of over 100 lectures
- Focused skill development exercises
- Online interaction, regular feedbacks, activity tracking
- Access to iPleaders Club – Skill Development Centre
- Career guidance
- Placement cell
- Credible alumni
- Real-time commitment and involvement in terms of assignment completion
- The course is based on self-study. There will be no one to coax you into studying if you don’t.
Website : https://onlinecourses.nujs.edu
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), started its courses on intellectual property in 2012. Currently, FICCI runs 4 online courses on various subsets of intellectual property law. It involves areas like generation, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, intellectual property law, and competition law etc. The course is designed by 5 professionals working in the intellectual property field.
- Brand value of FICCI
- Specialized courses on IPR
- Courses are only restricted to IPR
- Self Study
- Not comprehensive
Just like NUJS, Kolkata, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU) also offers online certificate courses. The courses are theoretical in nature and are offered in the field of Intellectual Property, Internet Law, and Entrepreneurship Management. Presently, GNLU offers 7 online courses. However, their admissions are restricted to a certain time frame only. At present, their admissions are closed.
- Learn on the go
- Live Classes
- Course modules are theoretical, give no practical insights
- Limited admissions
- No credible reviews available
Website : www.gnluonline.ac.in
An initiative of iPleaders, Lawsikho started with the aim of providing access to justice for all. Since then they have been progressing to spread legal knowledge amongst all professional spheres. Their courses are designed from the perspective of a layman wanting to understand the law. Right from corruption, RTI, FIRs to business incorporation, property matters and human rights, they have covered as much as possible through their online courses that a common man may need to know about. With a chief focus on practical learning, they provide technology which can help you learn on the go.
- Any content related doubt can be asked directly at the Learning Management System (LMS)
- Easy to understand
- Exhaustive course material
- Updated courses
- Over 30 courses to choose from
- Credible reviews
- Too many courses to choose from
- No live classes
Website : https://www.courses.lawsikho.com
Indian Academy of Law and Management offers around 30 courses on various disciplines of law and management. With a decent alumni base, IALM focusses majorly on the technology-related law. The courses are claimed to be interactive and case study based, which gives it a spot on this list. The courses are priced reasonably from ranging between INR 500 to 11,000.
- Low Cost
- Low on content
- Not comprehensive