I have a practice in the High Court and other forums. I feel like an outsider when
I go to the Supreme Court with a matter.
I think Supreme Court practice requires some superior degree of knowledge and
acumen and it is not my cup of tea.
I look forward to practising in the Supreme Court someday. But I do not know how to do it.
I practice in another city. I do not know how to start practising in the Supreme Court. I think only Delhi based advocates can do it.
I am getting a few matters in the Supreme Court, but how do I grow this work further?
What would it take for me to become an Advocate-on-Record? Do I have to go to Delhi and start figuring this out from scratch?
How can I prepare for the advocate-on-record exam?
Am I too old or too young to start practising in the Supreme Court and/or taking the advocate-on-record exam?
I have clients who have matters in the Supreme Court. I want to clear the advocate-on-record exam so that I can file cases for them.
I want to step up and build my credibility as a top lawyer in my city and be able to argue state matters before the Supreme Court. I think being an Advocate on Record will help me in standing out in the city.
If these questions come to your mind or resonate with you, you are at the right place.
We have solutions to all these questions. This is India’s one and only course where we train lawyers to develop a Supreme Court practice and also prepare them for the Advocate on Record examination.
You may be a junior advocate wanting to set up a practice in the Supreme Court, or you might be aiming to become an Advocate on Record, or you might be gunning to become a Senior Advocate, practising in the Supreme Court, at some point in your life.
You may be an outstation counsel who gets matters in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has space for all of the above.
You have a skillset that is unique to you: maybe you draft well, or maybe you are excellent at argumentation before the court, or you simply know the skill of networking and engaging the best counsel to do the job for you, or you maybe an allrounder!
We have designed a course that gives you an opportunity to develop your own USP with the help of meticulously designed exercises so that you can find your space in this universe.
Our course will provide you a holistic insight into the Supreme Court practice and train you using a hands-on approach that emulates the training you would otherwise have to receive in a senior’s chamber by apprenticing for years.
In this course we will hone your research, drafting, and arguing skills specifically for Supreme Court practice. Beside that, we will also guide you on how to deal with day-to-day practical challenges you will face, and how to grow your practice and profile.
It is important to note that this course exhaustively covers all the four papers of the Advocate-on-Record examination and will provide you with all possible templates and practice sessions with feedback to help you crack the examination.
You will have weekly mocks, practice tests, and answer solving sessions.
The best part about our course is that you learn it from those who have not only cleared the examination but aced it before you.
Those appearing for the Advocate-on-Record examination in 2023 can also apply and benefit from this course.
About the Supreme Court Advocate-on-Record Examination & Examination Pattern
Every year the Advocate on Record for the Supreme Court (AOR) examination is conducted between the months of May and June.
However, owing to the pandemic situation the exam was pushed to December last year.
Despite stringent criteria for qualification requiring years of experience, less than one of five students who appear clear the examination.
The examination is conducted by a Board of Examiners, consisting of Senior Advocates under the supervision of a committee of three judges of the Apex Court.
There is no set pattern of the question papers, except the syllabus and hence, students must be really thorough in their preparations.
For a young lawyer practising before the Supreme Court, an Advocate on Record (AOR) is a prestigious tag, that comes along with the privilege to file appearance and act on behalf of a party before the Supreme Court.
You not only come in the category of less than 3,000 elite lawyers, but also get to enjoy significant influence in the functioning of the Supreme Court, through the Supreme Court Advocate on Record Association.
Three out of our four students who appeared for the Advocate on Record Exam 2021 have successfully cleared the examination.
“By the grace of almighty God I have cleared the exams. I thank all the faculty, the management and all friends here for their good wishes and support. A Big Thank you everyone.”
Prashant Jain Mr. Prashant Jain has bagged the 10th position out of 253 examinees who have passed the examination.
“Thank you law Sikho team, especially shout out to the course anchors for helping me out.”
Ritika G Ritika G has also successfully cleared the exam
“I am so glad that I have joined Lawsikho for all the guides, especially friends in this group who shared materials and thoughts making the environment really good for the exam. I would like to give credit to Lawsikho and all my friends in this group who are instrumental in my performance so far.”
JC Lalnunsanga Mr. JC Lalnunsanga has successfully cleared three out of four papers.
This course is recognized by the National Skill Development Corporation, a PPP under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of the Government of India. You will receive a certificate cobranded by NSDC and Skill India on successful completion.
This is how the certificate from NSDC and Skill India will look as per the current applicable format (may change as per the approval authorities):
Areas in which we will help you to develop knowledge and skills
For Supreme Court Practice
- Applicability of various jurisdictions
- Drafting petitions persuasively
- Preparing for arguments
- Briefing a Senior
- Arguing effectively
- Court craft
- Practice & Procedure
- Functioning of Registry
- Client and case management
- Professional conduct, etiquettes & soft skills for Supreme Court lawyers
- Practice development
For the Advocates on Record Examination
- Trends analysis of Past Year Paper
- Answer Writing Skills
- Time Management
- How to approach Professional Ethics Paper
- How to approach Leading Cases Paper
- How to approach Practice and Procedure of Paper
- How to approach the Drafting Paper
- How to draw connection between various papers
- How to draw connection between leading cases and practice and procedure paper
Specific Learning Objectives
How to read and analyse an impugned order/judgement
- Learn to identify the operative part of an order/judgement
- Learn to scan through an Impugned Order/judgement toidentify grounds on which an appeal is to be preferred.
- Learn to identify and distinguish questions of law from questions of facts.
- Learn to identify the research points quickly and to ensure it is exhaustive in nature.
- Understand the factors that determine how you approach a legal issue and where you begin your research.
- Explore various research tools and identify methods to perform quick and effective research
- Learn and practice dealing with upsets and dead ends successfully during research.
- Learn to identify relevant key-words and legal propositions while researching on different online/offline legal databases
- Learn to create a research database that you can use at later points for cases of similar nature.
What to cite? How much to cite?
- Learn to differentiate between ratio decidendi and obiter dicta while reading a judgement and cite settled position of law accordingly.
- Learn methods to speed read a judgement
- Learn to examine the relevance of a judgement, whether wholly or in parts, connecting with or distinguishing from the facts of the present case.
- Develop an understanding of the various stages of litigation leading to the passing of the Impugned Order / Judgement.
- Learn to cull out the 'settled law' relating to an issue and express it effectively in a petition or before a judge so that even when you paraphrase what you have read, the meaning is not lost
- Learn to use/refer a part of a judgement in the pleadings in a manner that would have the maximum impact, know which part of a judgement to quote, decide on whether to quote or not
- Learn to understand contextual interpretations of judgments delivered by the Supreme Court to avoid using judgments out of context.
- Learn the difference between binding and persuasive judgements
Devising different strategies for different kinds of petitions
- Learn to draft various petitions, appeals, suit,applications, and affidavits of various nature filed before the Supreme Court using hands-on approach
- Hone drafting skills keeping in mind the following aspects:
- Making the ingredients evident in the course of narrating the facts and stating the grounds
- Understanding what would constitute material facts for a petition or appeal before the Supreme Court
- Appreciating the possibility of experimenting with ideas and language
What to plead? How to plead?
- Identifying core questions of law to be set out before the Court
- Devising strategies and preparing a set of grounds that work and those that can be made to work
- How to plead facts and circumstances
- Understand the facts and circumstances under which cases get decided in favour so that you may remember to plead them when they apply to you
- Learn brevity in legal drafting.
- Learn to use judicial interpretation of statutes to formulate your pleadings and contentions for a favourable order
How to prepare for hearings
- Is the way we argue before the Supreme Court any different from other courts? Questions of law vis-a-vis questions of fact
- Learn how to brief a Senior Advocate throughroleplay simulation exercises
- Learn to prepare notes/list of dates for a Senior Advocate or for the purpose of briefing and arguing cases
- Learn how to draft list of dates and events for final hearings
- Learn to differentiate the requirements and prepare for arguments keeping in mind the stage (notice/post-notice/final disposal) and nature (miscellaneous/regular) of hearing
- Understand the factors that determine the content of oral arguments and how much to emphasise on a point. How do you decide at different stages? Again, we’ll do enough simulation exercises for you to get it
- Understand when to stop and why and how to come back to a point at a later stage, if need be
- Learn how to requisition books and journals for hearing
- Learn to use storytelling as a skill during arguments
- Learn how to prepare for an admission hearing stage for issuance of notice, and how it is different from regular hearings
How to prepare for the Advocate on Record Examination
- Understand and familiarise with the practice and procedure followed by the Supreme Court
- Understand the nuances of how powers of Supreme Court are derived and used from Constitutional provisions and through judicial interpretations
- Learn how to analyze the leading cases and remember the operative parts from an examination point of view
- Learn how to attempt the paper on professional ethics without personal bias and moral standing
- Learn how to approach and answer the paper on drafting by practice
- Practice time management in a handwritten exam
- Learn how to successfully choose the questions during the exam that are prone to fetch better marks
Above prices are inclusive of all applicable taxes and charges.
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Printed study material (by courier)
3 online live class/ week (48 weeks)
2 practical or drafting exercises per week (48 weeks - total 80 Exercises)
1 practice mock per week (for AOR Exam)
Course completion criteria: Complete 50 percent of the total exercises (40 exercises to be completed) along with MCQs test.
10 writing assignments (optional)
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Access on LMS, Android & iOS app
Instructor-feedback on assignments
Doubt-clearing on WhatsApp, LMS & classes
Instructor led course with online live classes
Certificate (by courier)
Placement assistance for internship, jobs and referrals CV enhancement
Top students are recommended to law firms and companies
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