Certificate Course in Criminal Law, Litigation and Trial Advocacy

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About the Course

Total Fees: INR 8,000 5,000

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Duration: 4 months

This certificate course provides practical knowledge and know-how to young lawyers and law students who intend to make a mark in criminal litigation. Whether you want to start your own practice or join a senior criminal lawyer, this course will lay down the base for a strong criminal law practice. This course will also be valuable for young lawyers who have already started their career. 

Get comprehensive practical knowledge of Criminal Law from experienced criminal lawyers. Learn how to set up and manage your own practice, do client counselling, conduct cross-examination, draft critical documents, initiate a PIL and many other skills.


The certificate awarded by NUJS will have the course name as "Certificate Course in Criminal Litigation and Trial Advocacy".

Course Contents

Why Criminal Law: Most common motivations
  • Working on high-profile cases
  • Adrenaline rush
  • Problem solving and puzzle-cracking requirements
  • Questions touching upon fundamental rights and liberty
  • Understanding human nature and conduct
  • Opportunity to earn money and stature
  • More based on survey
Common Myths in Criminal Practice:
  • Limited to trial courts
  • Not suitable for women
  • It is dangerous
  • Involves lying
  • A good mooter will make you a good lawyer
  • Doing well in law school in criminal law subjects (IPC, CrPC, Evidence) ensures that you will do well in practice
Broad themes covered by this course:
  • How lawyers work with the system
  • How lawyers work on individual cases
  • How lawyers work with their clients
10 things that law books don’t teach about criminal litigation
  • Working of the Criminal Justice System (CJS is more than just the courts. It includes the Police, witnesses, victims, the Magistracy sometimes beyond what is strictly prescribed in the CrPC)
  • Criminal drafting – it’s more than just formats. Use of fact situations, application of law and persuasion
  • Conducting Criminal Trials
  • Preparing a litigation strategy
  • Filing and case management
  • Managing client expectations
  • Inspiring a prospective client’s confidence in you as his lawyer
  • Building your own office
  • Billing
  • Building authority on your areas of practice and expertise
  • Ethics and morals in practice
Roles which Criminal Lawyers play:
  • Criminal defense
  • Government prosecutors and special public prosecutors
  • Counsels for complainants and victims
Types of work that criminal lawyers do
  • Traditional criminal practice (hard crimes) – Rape, murder, abduction, arms offences etc.
  • White collar / corporate crime / economic offenses – Cheating, forgery, criminal IP infringements and violations under specific legislations (Weights & Measures), money laundering, working with ED (Directorate of Enforcement), big litigation
  • Legal aid (for defence) - Cases of poor persons, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, victims of natural disasters, prisoners etc.
  • Working for Special Interest Groups (Victims)– Sex trafficking, bonded labour, domestic violence/violence against women, environmental and wild-life crime
  • Public Prosecutor or Special PP for specific agencies such as CBI, ED, State Police etc.
  • Public Interest Litigation- Acting as a whistle-blower for major scams (For example- Coal block allocation 2G Spectrum) systemic reforms- eg. prisoners rights
Emerging Areas:
  • Big litigation in white collar offences- CBI and ED cases, cyber law
  • Special Interest Litigation- Environmental and Wild-life crime
  • Public Interest Litigation- Criminal Justice Reforms
Organizational Set-up & Career path
  • Independent practice or starting your law-firm
  • Practice under a Senior Advocate
  • Criminal Litigation in a law firm
  • Panel Counsel
  • Judicial Service or later elevation to the Bench
  • Ram Jethmalani
  • Anand Grover
  • UU Lalit
  • Dayan Krishnan
  • Amit Desai
  • Harshad Ponda
  • VR Krishna Iyer


  • Understanding the court set up and physical infrastructure
  • Detailed guide to how investigations are conducted
  • Stages of trial
  • How to extradite offenders who escape from India?
  • When can a Section 482 petition can be filed?

Who are the most important court officials?

In which court can one file a case after the commission of an offence

What can be done if an accused is avoiding service of summons

What are the various modes of effecting service of summons?

When can warrants be issued by the Courts to secure attendance of accused? What is the difference between bailable and non bailable warrants and what is the procedure through which an accused can appear before the courts and get his warrants cancelled?

Is there any connection or link between the maximum and minimum prescribed punishment provided for bailable and non bailable offences and cognizable and non cognizable offence?

What is the difference between cognizable and non-cognizable offence?

What is meant by the term "arrest"?

How is an arrest made?

In what cases can arrest be made by the police without warrant?

How can an accused person prevent arrest?

What is bail and when can it be granted and when not?

What is the difference between bailable and non bailable offence?

What is meant by the term bond concerning bail?

What option does an accused have in cases where his bond amount is forfeited?

Bail and Anticipatory Bail

In what cases can an anticipatory bail be granted?

Who can grant Anticipatory Bail?

What is the procedure for seeking adjournment of hearing of case to some other date?

Where the accused is a person, What options does he have when he cannot be present himself on the date of hearing

When the accused person is a corporate body and a representative has been appointed to appear for corporate body, what options does representative have when he cannot be present on the date of hearing?

What happens after charges are framed?

Where is a charge filed and explain the procedure for filing a charge?

Conducting criminal trials

During the trial, if the court believes that someone else other than accused is also involved in the offence, can the court proceed against him?

How to impound passport of an offender?

When the multiple offences be tried in the same/different trial?


What is the procedure for quashing a case in High Court which is going on in session court

Inherent powers of court in quashing criminal proceeding

What to do when an application u/s 482 is dismissed by High Court

What is procedure for obtaining a stay in Session Court when a case for quashing a complaint is going on in High Court

What is meant by release on Superdari

How is it possible to get seized property released

In which cases can reference be made to High Court?

What is the procedure for declaring an accused as proclaimed offender u/s 82 of CrPC

What are the different types of evidence?
What is the difference between primary and secondary evidence?
What are the cases in which secondary evidence can be given?
How is the evidence for the prosecution conducted?
Who may be called as witness in Court?
What is meant by the term "Dumb Witness"?
What are the rules regarding "Leading Questions", "Examination in Chief" under the Evidence Act?
What is meant by Re-examination?
What is the evidence required to be collected to establish commission of an offence
Explain and illustrate the provisions of admissibility of information contained in electronic record?
Explain and illustrate the term "Res Gestae"?

How can a young litigator improve his or her drafting skills

criminal drafting


Reply to summons

What kind of factual pointers are important while drafting bail applications

How should Criminal SLP be drafted

Special leave petition

Pointers for drafting Criminal Appeal

Protest petition

Important application for submitting information

Application seeking exemption from personal appearance

Application for discharge

Application placing facts on record

petition u/s 482

When should you file a criminal writ and what reliefs should you ask for?

Application for release of property

How and when should you use section 207 application under CrPC

Application under section 207

How is application u/s 91 used in formulating defense and preparing litigation strategy

Application under section 91

Application for monetary compensation for victims

Section 138 Litigation under Negotiable Instruments Act

SAMPLE - Section 138 complaint - Template 1

SAMPLE - Section 138 complaint - Template 2

  • Preparing a litigation strategy
  • Filing and case management
  • Managing client expectations
  • Inspiring a prospective client’s confidence in you as his lawyer
  • Building your own office
  • Billing
  • Building authority on your areas of practice and expertise
  • Ethics and morals in practice
Drafting exercise

What options does a person have when police says No to filing FIR

Can FIR be quashed? Can complainant get a copy of FIR

What is first information report FIR How can an fir be lodged

What is a First Information Report

How is an FIR different from a complaint

Can the police refuse to register an FIR

How soon should you lodge an FIR?

What happens after you file an FIR?

What happens if the other side also files an FIR

What is your role after lodging FIR

How to Draft an FIR so that Police Takes Action

How to seek protection if you apprehend danger to your life

Are you at risk if you file an FIR

If the police lodges a general diary is it the same

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Once you successfully make the payment and fill the enrolment form. You can access the course by logging to the learning management platform (LMS) http://www.lawsikho.com/login, using your Facebook login credentials (email address not mobile number).

No. These courses are completely online, and you will not need to travel to Kolkata for any requirement of this course.

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There are no minimum attendance requirements, as the course shall be taught online through a learning management system which allows you to pursue the course at your own pace and convenience.

The course is conducted through an online learning management system, which enables students to access study materials from anywhere in the world at their own time and convenience. All the study material which includes text, videos, drafting exercises, templates and regular tests will be available only within the LMS and can be accessed using your login id for the LMS. The course can also be accessed through state of the art mobile Apps, which makes learning convenient and accessible on a real time basis.
Live sessions are also conducted online – students who miss the session can watch recorded versions. There will also be some online doubt-clearing sessions between students and faculty.

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As candidates will be enroling from across India and even abroad, the schedule of every candidate is likely to differ. To accommodate that, the periodic tests will be available on the online portal for a period of time so that you can take them at your convenience. Everyone will be given sufficient opportunity to take the tests.

The online MCQs are executed on the learning management system. You do not need to go to any special centres to take any test or exam. All tests can be taken by logging on to the online learning management system from your home.