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The most effective way to build a career in corporate law.

Earn a diploma from India's top national law school

NUJS, Kolkata

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About the course Diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws

Diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws is a 12-month long immersive online program designed by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata and iPleaders to equip you with practical skills for the world of Corporate and Business Laws. Since its inception in 2012, over 1600 students have graduated in this Diploma, and it is now entering its 13th batch. The course brings over 50 leading lawyers from the corporate law sector to train our students in the practical aspects of business law. With a resource library of over 100 lectures, focused skill-development exercises, and institutionalized mentorship, the course brings a plethora of learning and career opportunities for students.

Learn online from anywhere

Chances are high that you are very busy with your work or other full-time courses. Hence, to master this course you need not attend any classes. Even exams must be given online. Just commit 3 to 4 hours of your time every week. You can even study on the go on your smartphone or tablet.

Emphasis on practical learning

In India, most educational initiatives are plagued by lack of practical exposure. The course is full of case studies and practical insights. You would be constantly presented with opportunities to apply your knowledge in real life projects, and even pushed towards creating your own opportunities. Access a skill-development centre on iPleaders Club to take simulation exercises around contract drafting, company searches, due diligence, etc. ensures you have terrific practical skills. Impress interviewers, recruiters, clients and seniors by sharing what you learn in the process.

Industry Academia Panel

This course is co-created, reviewed and constantly improved by an industry-academia panel. The Panel includes celebrity litigators, law firm partners, investors, bankers and other top professionals with decades of practical experience. You will learn practical skills related to legal strategy, business laws, decision-making, contract drafting, legal compliance and negotiation. The goal of the panel is to effectively transfer knowledge to the academia through this course. Periodic online interactions are organized with industry experts to discuss areas of their expertise with learners.

Focus on real jobs and career opportunities

Build your ability to write and communicate in a way that showcases your expertise, connects with your target audience and impresses recruiters. We periodically share available jobs, internship opportunities and projects that you can take up. You will get focussed guidance on building your own network, improving professional communication and in demonstrating your skills in interviews, your current job, client interactions or in internships. There are periodic online interactions to provide feedback and track your activity will be conducted.

Join the league of our Extraordinary Alumni

Our alumni include IIT and IIM graduates, national law school graduates across the country and of foreign universities such as Harvard, Stanford and NYU, top IAS officers working in ministries such as Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Defence of Government of India. Our alumni are already working at top law firms like Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners, Luthra & Luthra and MNCs like IBM, Infosys, British Petroleum, Larsen & Toubro, Accenture, Genpact, Reliance, Aditya Birla Group and a number of funded startups. Those who take the course can also receive periodic mentorship from alumni

Access to mentors and career counselling

Become a member of iPleaders club as part of the course and access mentors for guidance around CV-writing, mock interviews, career counselling and take informational interviews to plan your career and take steps to achieve it.

Meet the Industry-Academia Panel

  • Ameet Dutta

    Ameet Dutta

    Partner, Saikrishna & Associates

    Essenese Obhan

    Essenese Obhan

    Managing Partner, Obhan & Associates

    Gautam Saha

    Gautam Saha

    Partner, AZB & Partners

    Jay Parikh

    Jay Parikh

    Founding Partner, Verus Associates

  • Ketan Mukhija

    Ketan Mukhija

    General Counsel, SREI Group

    Murali Neelakantan

    Murali Neelakantan

    Ex-Global General Counsel, Cipla

    Pankaj Agarwal

    Pankaj Agarwal

    Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

    Robin David

    Robin David

    Partner, Dua Associates

  • Shinoj Koshy

    Shinoj Koshy

    Partner, Nishith Desai Associates

    Shwetasree Majumder

    Shwetasree Majumder

    Partner, Fidus Law Chambers

    Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Partner, J. Sagar Associates

    Suhas Baliga

    Suhas Baliga

    Principal, Impact Law Ventures

  • Sunil Agarwal

    Sunil Agarwal

    Senior Tax Partner, AZB & Partners

    Umakanth Varottil

    Umakanth Varottil

    Professor at NUS, Singapore

    Vinod Kothari

    Vinod Kothari

    Securitisation Expert

  • This initiative seeks to extend practical legal knowledge to budding entrepreneurs and owners of SME businesses. The syllabus is carefully structured to give first time entrepreneurs and SME business owners a good overview and basic knowledge of all legal matters that pertain to starting and running a business. VVR Babu, Chief Information Officer, ITC Limited
  • The course focuses on developing useful practical skills, and aims to maintain high academic standards. It would be a valuable resource for anyone willing to learn business laws. Prof. Dr. Mahendra Pal Singh, Constitutional Law Authority and Chairperson of Delhi Judicial Academy
  • Given that the eco system for entrepreneurship is just beginning to bloom in India, this well structured and easily accessible course could not have been more timely. It should form part of the tool kit of every entrepreneur who seeks to establish their imprint on our society through a creative venture of his own! Prof. Shamnad Basheer, Ministry of HRD Chair Professor of IP Law, NUJS and founder of world-famous IP Law blog called Spicy IP
  • The course is well structured and covers all essential laws which are relevant to a startup and day-to-day business operations. It will immensely benefit students of both legal and non-legal background. Prof. Sanjay Kumar, Assistant Professor, Direct and Indirect Taxes, NUJS
  • I am a computer science engineer by education, but an entrepreneur by profession. Having had no formal education in running a business I was always led to a lot of “learning the hard way”. When iPleaders launched the course for Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws, in an e-learning mode I took up the course with the objective to understand all legal nuances related to running a business. The course covered things like; understanding of ESOP, Sweat Equity, Company Policy, License agreements, IP related law, EULA and lots of other content which made sense for our business. Atul Gupta, Managing Director, InSync Tech-Fin Solutions Ltd.
  • I am a practicing Cyber lawyer in Mumbai for the past 3 years and have founded Cyberjure Legal Consulting. The course was a very good learning experience, and I am glad I did it. It helped me understand the nuances of many laws which we studied in college, but never went into practical applicability of the same. The stuff I learnt in the course helped me in my matters too, and in structuring e-commerce start-ups. Puneet Bhasin, Founder, Cyberjure Legal Consulting

Glimpse of the Syllabus

Sole proprietorship as a business structure, Family business, Issues in family business, Taxation issues, Partition and family settlement, Appointment of professional management for running a business, Structuring a partnership / LLP, Partnership Deed, LLP Agreement, registration requirement and procedure, number of partners, designated partners, sharing of profits, dissolution of partnership, default rules under Partnership Act and LLP Act, Structuring a company, Formation and incorporation- private company, one person company: Reservation of Name, Director Identification Number and Digital Signature, Forms to be submitted to Registrar of companies for incorporation, Memorandum and Articles of Association, Types of Share Capital, Annual and periodic compliances.
Accounts for business: Elementary accounting and record keeping for various forms of business entities (for a person who is not trained in finance), Accounting and the Law, Financial planning for a business. Corporate income tax, Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT), taxation of software product and SAAS companies, tax on issue of capital (e.g. equity, bonus shares and convertible instruments) to different entities, Transfer pricing. How TDS works – including forms, modes and timelines of for payment double taxation avoidance provisions and agreements, tax on software. Indirect Taxes: How and when to obtain registration for Central Sales Tax, VAT, Service Tax, Excise Duty. Tax strategy, regulatory proceedings and litigation. Export and import: Import and Export duties, Process of import-export, incentives for exporters.
Introduction to raising investment – financial and strategic investment, Business structuring and investment, Angel investments and regulation of angel funds, Steps in an investment transaction – negotiation, drafting and legal strategy, How to conduct due diligence?, Understanding non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), Understanding capitalisation table and termsheets, Private placement process, Transfer of shares, Dealing with multiple investors, Shareholders Agreements and how to negotiate them, Exit issues in investment transactions, Advanced issues – Private equity, PIPES transactions, Strategic investment and Joint ventures
Employment agreement, Labour law compliances, Legal forms of incentives and perquisites, Structuring ESOP& ESPS, Intellectual property and employees, Non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, Employee sharing/deputation, Attrition management, Trade licenses, Industrial licensing and environmental compliance (for large companies, particularly manufacturers)
How to avoid disputes and drainage of resources through courtroom battles, Arbitration, negotiation, arbitration clauses in contracts, Structuring arbitration for speedy and fair resolution, How to develop a dispute settlement strategy, How to use anti-suit injunctions in international transactions, Introduction to commercial mediation proceedings
Copyright: Copyright Act, Rights available to copyright owner, Originality and Idea-Expression dichotomy, infringement of copyright, Exceptions to infringement (including fair use), Copyright protection on internet, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, software piracy. Patents: Patent Act, components of a patent application, international patent registrations, rights available to patent holders, requirements of novelty, inventive step and industrial application, product and process patents, assignment and revocation, Patenting of biotechnology inventions and pharmaceutical products. Trademark Act: Registration of trademark, steps for international registration of trademark, rights available to trademark owner, Goodwill, different types of marks such as service marks. Monetization of intellectual property – Licensing and franchising agreements. Trade secret law, employment contracts and protection of software
Legal basis of tenders – Article 14 and promissory estoppel, Rules and procedures governing procurement of goods and services for central government departments, Essential terms in a bid document, Public Private Partnerships, EPC Contracts and Concession Agreements, An overview of bidding methodology that the Government may adopt and the legal principles relating to the same – such as competitive bidding, first-come-first-serve, sealed bids, auctions, tenders., Legal compliances typically insisted upon by the Government for evaluating eligibility criteria of bidders, Prohibition of unfair bidding practices – a discussion on bid-rigging, Reservations for startups and SMEs

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