What is Lawsikho Master Access and why has it been created?

We often have learners who take multiple courses. People taking two or three courses back to back is quite common. However, we were shocked with a new phenomenon recently. Some of the learners have taken 5 or 6 courses at a time. Who are these people? What could be their motive?

In March, I began to call these customers to understand what is going on. It could be a game changer for LawSikho. Clearly we were generating some value for some people, but we were not even aware what that was.

What makes a lawyer buy 5 or 6 LawSikho courses at once? They are probably not going to attend all the classes and solve dozens of exercises every week. What is the purpose behind spending over a lakh and buying all these courses at once?

As I started my quest for answers, I discovered something quite amazing. I had no idea!

Truly the customers are the best teachers, in every business. We must listen to our users, very keenly.

It turns out that some lawyers use our courses as ready made databases of reference material and templates. They are not studying these courses regularly. They do not bother to attend most of the classes, but only attend the few ones absolutely of interest to them.

They are taking advantage of the hundreds of high quality templates for serving their clients. Also, when faced with complicated questions of law, they are turning to the course material for quick practical insights, just as one would turn to a library of reference books.

The realisation led us to an amazing possibility and new direction

To be honest, the entire collection of our courses is nothing less than a massive library of practical material that can assist a lawyer in day to day practice. You not only get answers to common questions, get to ask your own questions and have them answered by experts, request addition of new material to course from time to time, but also get hundreds of templates of high quality contracts, plaints, written statements, court applications, notices, due diligence reports, and even specific prayers for specific matters.

Let’s say you never did any insolvency matter before. But you get a client who is willing to hire you. Where would you turn to for a quick primer of all the practical issues? A overnight study of our database will teach you a lot more than pouring over fat, dense, difficult to grasp books or even googling the subject. One good option is to call up a friend who has experience in that area and ask some sharp questions. However, how much time can they spare for you? Does this always work?

Smart lawyers spend a lot of money on books already. Spending on a database of unique insights on practical legal issues, readymade templates and formats, direct answers to client problems and thousands of pages of specifical, situational and useful guidance makes tremendous sense for them.

It reduces research time, increases accuracy of advice, helps to expand area of practice and on top of that you can learn unlimited number of skills whenever you like.

They can solve any assignment for practical knowledge and get personal feedback from our experts. They can ask any number of complicated questions related to the course and have that answered within hours (usually, though we can take upto one working day in some cases, especially in holiday season)! They can even learn how to expand their practice through our practice development and networking courses. Isn’t that awesome?

So that’s what our smartest users have already been doing. What new opportunity does this realisation open up for us?

A library of legal insights, strategies, lessons-on-demand and resources, at the fingertip of smart, technology friendly lawyers - gamechanger?

What I learned from them made me realise that the LawSikho.com database has a potential of acting as a new kind of LexisNexis or Manupatra database, but instead of a database of case laws, this will be a database of legal insights, proven war strategies, how-to guides, templates, process documents, formats and what not. On top of that, a database that teaches you the law you quickly need to learn, coupled with lives classes, exercises and training whenever you need them. The most powerful legal database in the world, which will be a gamechanger for the lawyers who will have access to them!

From some databases you can get case law. And they are so useful, absolutely essential. Can you imagine the power of a database which gives you every information, resources and training you need to practice law at the highest level of efficiency and performance? What if you could get practical insights in a similar kind of database?

We know Master Access will be a game changer in the legal industry. Success for young lawyers will never be the same again, and even older lawyers will seamlessly move into newer and more lucrative areas of practice without a hitch. And they will deliver amazing results.

This is our vision, and we know the disruptive power of a library like this. We would enable the lawyers who would have this library to grow very fast, get work done quicker, and deliver better results to clients.

Would you like to have access to a comprehensive library of legal knowledge for yourself?

Why it cannot be just a library: constant learning is also important

I am not sure however how many people are going to use LawSikho only as a database. Many will surely want to have access to the learning and certification opportunity also apart from quick access to knowledge, templates and insights.

This compelled me to come up with an idea. Why don’t we encourage and embrace this trend? If these lawyers are finding value in buying multiple paid courses, why don’t we encourage more lawyers to do the same by offering an attractive package?

Plus there are a lot of learners who tell us from time to time that they want to buy a lot of courses, and they expect discount for buying in bulk. We are dead against discounts as an organization. We feel that it is cheating on all those who paid the full price! Everyone should have access to the same price. No bargaining, no season discounts, no secret vouchers. It’s just not fair in our opinion to engage in differential pricing for different people!

Of course, we give scholarships at times, to people who are truly marginalized and deserve that support. Every month we give two IDIA scholars access to free courses.

However, if someone is buying a lot of courses at once, I don’t think they should have to pay the full individual prices for each course.

And then I get mails like these and it puts my conscience into crisis.

It is a little expensive, I may consider if some of the courses can be offer for less than Rs. 10,000 at least for those who are interested in taking two or more courses.

Best Regrads,

I had a hard time to convince my team, but here I am. They think it is a crazy idea, and I am giving away too much value for too little money.

If we simply add the price of all the 37 courses available on LawSikho.com, the price comes to a solid Rs. 7,00,000 at least.

What do you call it? Treasure chest of courses? A comprehensive database of templates? A free ticket to attend all the approx 20 classes a week that happen on LawSikho? A pass to learn unlimited number of important legal skills?

We have a team of 30 full time people and another half dozen people working part time. A majority of these people work on course content. As a result, we have created a mountain of useful content in the last 7 years.

Also, we have a vision to make this the most comprehensive database of courses, so we are adding new content and new courses at a breakneck speed every month to this library.

How much should I charge for it? How long should it be available? What extra benefits and privileges should I provide along with such a grand package? I have been racking my brains for a couple of months.

What is on offer?

I have decided to call this Master Access by LawSikho. It will be the most VIP subscription that LawSikho has ever offered.

I have decided to offer the entire kitty of courses, only for the first 10 power users, for just 1 lakh per person. For this price, they will get access to all our existing and future courses for the next 5 years. After 10 people enroll, we will temporarily close admission into this program until we make sure that these 10 people are properly served and totally delighted. Once we can declare the package successful, we will then relaunch the program with new pricing and reconsidered terms and conditions.

What is on offer now? Normally when we sell a single course, we give access to it only for 3 years. But Master Access users will get access to all current and future courses of LawSikho.com for 5 whole years. We have fixed a one time price of INR 1,00,000, inclusive of all taxes.

We will shut it down after 10 people have bought it to assess whether the program is financially viable for us and to ensure that we delight these 10 power users. We will focus on making sure that they love it, and we may not open this program again anytime in near future. If the program works well, we will take a fresh call on pricing and details based on what we observe from for our 10 users.

Update: BTW, even before I launched the program, I had discussed the idea with a few old students of LawSikho. From those conversations when even our page detailing exactly what is included in the program was not yet up, we already have had two in-house counsels who bought the program, so just 8 more seats are left.

I am sure that this price and these privileges are not going to come back. This is only meant for our first launch of Master Access.

Also, we want to keep this program totally exclusive, and honestly we do not want too many people taking it. I am sure you understand why! If fewer lawyers will have access to it, then we can charge more for this program later. Exclusivity and scarcity of a good thing leads to higher prices. If every Tom, Dick and Harry had access to it, why will elite lawyers pay a premium for it?

Our normal courses are quite cheap compared to the value we provide. However, Master Access is going to be a VIP program for a select few, and we intend to charge accordingly. This heavily discounted price, therefore, is not going to continue in future.

What would this VIP access to LawSikho.com, which we fondly named Master Access, include?

  • You get unlimited access to all LawSikho.com’s current and future online courses (to be launched during your access) for next 5 years. Yes, even if we launch a new course, you will automatically be entitled to access it, no matter what the price may be.
  • If you want us to add any downloadable templates, formats or lessons, we will add them on a priority basis over other course development suggestions from other learners.
  • Please send up suggestions for adding new insights, templates, formats etc, we need more and more of them so we can grow superfast.
  • You get access to our upcoming members only paid Facebook group, where we will share amazing insider content on jobs, opportunities, future of law, legal technology and what not! All for free.
  • You get priority in getting questions answered and doubts cleared as a Master Access program member. You also get priority for personal coaching, direct calls with the LawSikho team, priority customer support and job and recruitment support.
  • You will get free passes and invitations to all LawSikho events and networking meetups across India.
  • You can get direct mentorship from me and Abhyuday, my co-founder. We can connect you with other mentors as well. If you want hard copy material for any of the courses, you can just pay the printing and courier cost and we will send it to you! We will not make any profit on selling you hard copy material, ever. That’s a promise. However, the price does not include price of any hard copies.
  • You can get personal feedback on as many assignments as you want, from any course you like. However, if you want certificate for a course, you have to complete the passing requirements of that course within a period of 1 year. We will give you certificates of as many courses as you can finish in 5 years, there are no limitations. We will send you the certificate by courier to any address within India.
  • You will get access to LawSikho alumni network, of course!
  • You will be able to access priority processing for any articles that you submit to iPleaders blog or interview recommendations on SuperLawyer.in. Just mention that you are a Master Access member when you mail us an article or other requests.
  • We will also give you a privilege that we do not give to anyone else. If you refer a student to us for any course as a Master Access member, we would provide that person a 10% discount on any course, only because we know you love our courses and anybody referred by you will also be a power user of LawSikho.com in times to come. This is out of our gratitude for your early support.
  • No price increase will affect you. When we launched our course in June 2018, most courses were priced around INR 15,000. These courses are going to be priced around INR 30,000 from 3rd May, 2019. If you follow LawSikho, you know that we believe in creating premium courses and delivering immense value. We charge more, because we believe in giving more value rather than charging too little and giving precisely little value. But if you buy Master Access now, you never get affected by any price hike.
  • We are free to change the policies for future members, but for those 10 people who enroll right now, these policies will never change.
  • After 5 years, we will allow you to extend your membership at a very reasonable annual fee. Since you would be counted as an early adopter, we will have special pricing for you. You will pay substantially less that all the new members for the renewal of membership as you will be considered a privileged early adopter.

Remember, this is a crazy pricing, for a massive list of privileges and access to a huge library of over 40 courses. And the list will keep growing as we keep launching new courses almost every month.

This will not make sense for everyone, but only those who absolutely love LawSikho courses and want access to everything we have. We do not recommend it for first time buyers of LawSikho courses.

But this opportunity may not come back ever. So act fast.

What is included in this Master Access by LawSikho?

Here is a list of all the courses you can access
Executive certificate courses
Career development programmes
Certificate programmes
Test preparation
Micro programme

You will also have access to any new course that is launched in that period of 5 years. But if you want certification for a course, you have to complete all course criteria for that course within a maximum period of 1 year.

Example 1: If you take our Executive Certificate course in IBC or arbitration, and start such a course let’s say from 1st of November, you have to finish the course by 31st October of the following year.

Example 2: If you take our newly launched Executive certificate course on Asteroid Laws (for example, an imaginary subject as of now) after completion of 4 years 11 months after buying Master Access, you can continue to access that particular course for the next 1 year or until you finish it, whichever is earlier. Basically, we give you maximum possible leverage.

Example 3: If you take our Diploma in Contract Drafting course, and start such a course let’s say from 1st of January, you have to finish the course by 31st December in order to be eligible for certificate. If you don’t care about certificate, then you can access any class and any material at any time you like.

0% Finance option available

We have students who love studying and learning, but cannot afford to pay the full price for all courses. This is a one-time opportunity for you that is unlikely to come back in this form! In case you need monthly installments, let us know. We have tie up with NIRA Finance, through which we can provide you 0% interest finance (only for this package, not available for other courses as of now) provided that you have a job and a salary of at least Rs. 15,000 per month. If you are self employed or a student, you can avail the facility through any other person who has a job of at least Rs. 15,000 per month salary. If you need to avail this, just let us know.

Money back guarantee

Our amazing refund policy will apply to Master Access also. Try Master Access for 30 days, attend at least 4 classes and solve at least 4 assignments of any single course during that period, and you will be eligible for a full refund for upto next 15 days. Basically, if you do not like the Master Access program after using it properly for 30 days, then between the 30th and 45th day you can claim full refund. Here is the detailed refund policy.

What if I have already paid for 2 or more courses on LawSikho? Do I get any extra benefit?

We expect people who have taken at least one course and loved it to go for this Master Access package. However, if you have down 2 or more courses from LawSikho already, you can simply pay the difference between what you have already paid to us in total so far, and 1 lakh rupees instead of paying the entire Master Access fee. If you have already spent over 1 lakh or more on LawSikho, we will give you Master Access free of cost. If you bought less than two (2) courses from LawSikho so far, this benefit does not apply. This rule also does not apply if you have taken any course from NUJS in the past. We cannot refund any money if you have spent more than 1 lakh already on LawSikho. Please note that more than one persons cannot combine to benefit from this provision. Corporate clients would not get this benefit.

Access whatever knowledge you need, whenever you need it

The principal idea behind Master Access is that you should be able to access whatever you need and whenever you need it, keeping in mind the diverse requirements of professional and student life.

There may be situations where you need to study multiple subjects at once. At times, you suddenly may need to know and understand a new area of law with not much further notice. Apart from that, this is a huge opportunity to directly generate real value at work, even if you don’t need certificates in every course. After all, what use is a certificate if you do not possess relevant skill-sets to do real work! If you have Master Access, you will have advantage over all your colleagues and peers who don’t have it.

We expect that lawyers who are looking to expand their area of practice, or taking up more challenging roles within organizations, or just looking to take their knowledge and skills to a highly differentiated level, will want to use Master Access and will tremendously benefit.

Through this course, you can learn any of the varied law subjects we teach at any point you want. You will be carrying a huge library of practical knowledge practically in your pocket. You can access it whenever you want, you can post questions whenever you want, access recordings of any past classes that you want to access, and attend any live class that is happening in LawSikho that you would like to attend.

All these, for 5 whole years. How much can you grow in the next 5 years? How much can you learn? Where will your career go if you could just learn one skill every day for next 5 years?

Our courses already provide multiple times the value of their price. Our target is that if you buy a course worth Rs. 30,000, you should get value of at least Rs. 3 lakhs. And those of you who know us may also know that we never give discounts, so this is really a very very sweet deal.


Exclusive access to courses under development for LawSikho

We have an exciting bonus for you. You will also have access to a library of study materials of around 12 currently under-development courses. We do not share these courses with anyone else, but you will have exclusive access as VIP users. This is exclusively being provided to all of you to have an inside look at some of our work-in-progress materials. These courses do not have classroom access.

Even in future we will keep sharing with you access to various work-in-progress courses that we begin working on.

List of courses under development that you will get access to

As a VIP member of the Master Access by LawSikho, we will start sharing with you a number of courses that are under development or review and are not available to the rest of our users to buy. We will only give access to Master Access members to these courses so that we can get your feedback in the development and review process. While these courses may be yet useful, we advise you not to place full reliance on courses that are either under development or review.

Here is the list or courses under development and review:

Training methodology and how the access works

The course details, methodology and system for each course is described in the relevant course page.

At the time of enrolment you will get access to the following:

  • Study materials on our online Learning Management System (LMS)
  • You can access the same on your Android or iOS App as well. The study materials are downloadable inside the app for offline access on your phone.
  • You will get added to a separate discussion group for each of the courses that you join.

Please note that some courses have live classes, assignments and personal feedback while others do not. This is because some courses are premium while others are not. Please note the same same level of service and content that is available to other students of these courses will also be available to Master Access members.

Will I get printed materials?

You can take printed material for any course by paying the additional nominal cost of printing, courier and handling. No hard copy is included in this package otherwise.

How many courses can you participate in at a time?

You will have unlimited access to all study materials. You can perform exercises, get feedback and obtain certificates for any number of courses which are available in that period.

We will not limit your participation, how you manage your time to extract maximum value is up to you.

The list of classes and exercises will not be customized as per your choice. You have to go with the batch that you join according to the schedule of the batch.

Who should opt for the master access?

  • This program is very suitable for in-house counsels. The access to entire library of material and access to classes of different classes will help them to have an across-the-board grasp of litigation, contracts, tax and other legal issues impacting their company and manage outcomes with law firms and local lawyers effectively.
  • Litigators who want to build a law firm, or expand the range of litigation-related work work they perform will find this program attractive.
  • Partners at law firms who want to expand into multiple practice areas or have a ready resource of practical insights so that they can offer better advice to their high profile clients who may need a wide variety of advice from time to time.
  • Young first generation practitioners who want access to a database of practical knowledge, templates, actionable insights and new skills to learn, in order to rapidly build a powerful law practice of their own.
  • CFOs, managers, consultants, company secretaries and strategic advisors who want to access domain-specific knowledge for advising founders and directors on the go. The library of courses is an amazing resource for them that will dramatically cut time costs, legal expenses, response time and risk.
  • Businessmen, industrialists, and entrepreneurs of early to medium-scale business who need to be hands-on regarding the strategic aspects of their businesses, ranging from funding, hiring, scaling, executing deals and handling disputes. Master Access will give them access to a trove of knowledge, advice and insights that would provide them massive competitive advantage.
  • Freelancers, who want to increase their skill sets and take up different kinds of independent consultancy work for clients but find it difficult to solve new types of client problems.
  • Law students who want to systematically prepare for a legal great career, access live classes and unlimited new skills in any course they like, perform better during internships and interviews, and fully use the power of LawSikho.com courses over the years for extraordinary results in their career.

Caveat: Group purchases are not allowed. We have software that tracks use from unauthorized devices even if you login from the same id. If we find misuse of Master Access, we retain the right to immediately disqualify you from further access without any warning. Your money will not be refunded and you will be prosecuted for infringement of intellectual property rights.

How will you benefit?

  • You will have access to a treasure trove of knowledge on a vast number of legal subjects. Even buying books on so many subjects will cost you much more than the cost of the program.
  • You will be able to access this massive library of courses on the go. If you face a question that you quickly need to research during a meeting, you can take out the phone and get to the point straight. This library will massively cut your research time.
  • You will get practical insights and advice that you will not get anywhere else at all.
  • You can learn new skills by solving hundreds of assignments and get personal feedback on them. You can also get certified on any number of courses you like.
  • You can attend live classes that are important to you.
  • You can ask your questions during live sessions, or whatsapp groups or even inside the learning management system while reading any material.
  • As you continuously learn new knowledge and skills over next 5 years, you will stand out in a room full of lawyers, no matter where you are.

What is the pass criteria?

You have to submit at least 50% exercises and 3/6 writing assignments (as the case may be) in executive certificate courses and 50% of the exercises and 10 writing assignments in diploma courses.

You can start any course of your choice and you can choose as many courses as you want to start at a time. Before starting the course, you have to inform us regarding the same by writing an email to [email protected] and you will be formally added to the next batch available for attending classes. Once you have started a course, you have to complete it within the duration given for the course to be eligible to get the certificate.

You can sit in any online class of any course in any week throughout the period of your access of the course. You can also attempt the exercise and get a feedback on the same throughout the duration of your access. Access to the course material and mentors and experts will also be available during the period of 5 years of access. But, once you have initiated a course and have not completed it within the given time, you will not be considered for the certificate.

If you start the course without informing us and submit exercises randomly, we will provide feedback to you but such submissions will not be considered for the purpose of certificate.

Who will issue the certificate? What is the value of the certificate?

This program or any of our courses have no recognition, no affiliation and no certification from any university, government or third party. These courses are certified by LawSikho.com, run by a private limited company based out of India. We follow our own processes and standards which are clearly and transparently laid down in this website. We do not easily issue certificates to everyone who takes our course, but strictly enforce certification criteria. This ensures that graduates of our courses are of a very high quality, and far exceeds the expectations of the legal industry. This is why, our certificates are widely respected. Leading companies in India and abroad use our courses for their employees or sponsor their employees to pursue our courses. Our corporate clients include leaders in their domain like Microsoft, Samsung, ICICI Bank, ITC, Mahindra & Mahindra, Gates Foundation etc.

What can I do if I do not understand something?

  • You can read FAQs of the relevant course, or call the number provided on lawsikho.com if it is an administrative matter
  • You can write your queries on the discussion board of the LMS
  • You can ask your queries in the Whatsapp group in which you will be added after enrolling in the course
  • You can discuss the same in the class with faculty
  • You can ask our support team to help you out