Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Law Courses through Distance / Online Learning

Law Courses through Distance / Online Learning

'Distance Learning' as quoted by Dr. S B Mujumdar, Founder, Symbiosis International University is, "the education of the 21st century. The traditional method of teaching in a classroom called 'brick & mortar' education has failed to reach millions of those who are thirsty for getting knowledge in an age marked by "Knowledge Revolution". Distance Education and Open Learning fulfill this need. Distance learning opens new directions of opportunities to obtain higher education without the constraints of location and time." This is true considering India's population and the geographical distances.

Amidst GATS, WTO, the Service industry is in a boom and has a bright future. This is true for education also. To take education to the masses and more reachable,distance learning is now being considered as another effective medium. For promoting distance education, Government of India has formed the Distance Education Council.

"Technology, information revolution and Globalization have had their impact on the legal profession too. Legal professionals are always required to upgrade their knowledge. Cyber law, intellectual property law (copyright, patents, trademarks, designs), Technology law (IT), Securities law, ADR (alternative dispute resolution) are some of the emerging areas.

This Article aims to highlight the Legal Courses offered through distance / online mode by reputed law schools and Universities in India. These post graduate courses will be particularly beneficial for LLBs, Company Secretaries, Chartered Accountants, MBAs, etc. since they provide focused and in-depth knowledge on the subject. Since these courses are through distance / onlinemedium , working people can be most benefited along with students doing full time courses. These courses can surely provide a value addition and give an edge to one's career over the other.

***Courses by National Law Schools:

1. The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore:
Two year Master of Business Laws (M.B.L)
One year P.G. Diploma in Human Rights Law
One year P.G. Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics
One year P.G. Diploma in Environmental Law
One year P.G. Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Law

2. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad:
Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law
Post Graduate Diploma in Media Laws
Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Laws
Post Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law

3. National Law University, Jodhpur
3 Year Master Degree in Criminal Law, Criminology and Forensic Science
3 Year Master Degree in Trade Related Laws
One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Security Laws and Management
One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Laws

*** THE INDIAN LAW INSTITUTE, New Delhi
3 Months 'Intellectual Property Right in the Internet Age'

*** World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva
15 Weeks "General Course on Intellectual Property" (DL-101)
The DL-101 course is currently offered free-of-charge, twice a year
2.5 months "Advanced Course on Copyright and Related Rights" (DL-201E)
1.5 months "Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property" (DL-202E)
2.5 months "Biotechnology and Intellectual Property" (DL-204E)

***Courses by Indian Universities:
1. Annamalai University
One Year Diploma in Law of Taxation
Three Year B.A.L. (Bachelor of Academic Laws)
Three Year B.B.L. (Bachelor of Business Law)
Two Year B.G.L. (Bachelor of General Laws)
One Year Diploma in Labour Laws with Administrative Law
One Year P.G. Diploma in Criminology and Forensic Science

2. Indira Gandhi National Open University
PG Certificate Programme in Cyber Laws
PG Certificate Programme in Indian Patents Law
IP Regime and Human Rights

3. The Dr. Ambedkar Law University
One Year Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in General Insurance Law & Practice
The list is indicative and not exclusive.

Written By: Anand A Wadadekar,
MA Economics, MBA, AMFI, GCIPR, DIT
Pune, Maharashtra.

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