DPC301 | Drafting of Pleading and Conveyancing

Course Information

  • 2020-21
  • DPC301
  • 5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
  • III
  • Mar 2021
  • Core Course

This is a mandatory course as per the Bar Council of India regulations. 

Students will be furnished copies of the Handouts (as was done in CPC1 and CPC2) at the start of the course which will outline in detail the topics covered and the relevant statutory provisions. In addition, formats for each type of document to be drafted will be included in the Handouts. For each class, students will be expected to read and familiarise themselves with the Handouts- which will be the mandatory reading for the course. The prescribed text-books are largely used as additional sources for formats and drafts. 

In a typical class, the Course Teacher will first outline the broad principles under the topic being studied and then the class will read the statutory provisions. We then move on to the format for each type of document prepared as per the statutory rules. For each type of document to be discussed in class, 5 students will be identified before-hand and will be required to lead the discussion on the rules and points to be kept in mind whilst drafting such a document. The other students will also be expected to have read the rules and should actively participate in classroom discussion. Students who have worked on or are working on a project that involves the topic under consideration might be required to make a presentation in class- this will help the class explore several tangential and intersecting themes. For example, whilst studying drafting of Plaints in civil suits, a student who has made a project on a Plaint prepared and filed in the Delhi High Court might make a presentation upon the particulars of Plaints under the Delhi High Court rules. Socratic discussion is welcomed. There will be Mock-Tests wherein students will be expected to solve practical-type questions and draft documents in class.

Furthermore, students will be expected to do their projects on actual case-records that may have secured during their internships or that may be supplied by the Course Teacher. A maximum of 3 students may collaborate on a project together. Thus, projects will involve studies of real-life briefs and documents. Students are expected to supply the case briefs in neatly spiral-bound and paginated volumes to the course teacher. The briefs should also contain an index.

The projects submitted to the exam department based on the case-briefs will consist of three parts:

(a)  Chronological List of Dates and Events tracing the trajectory of the case from cause of action occurring or crime occurring (in case of criminal matters) to the current status of the case;

(b) Analysis of the case – this is an opportunity to show how much of the case you have studied, and your analysis of the events that have occurred both in and out of court. Such analysis may even be sociological.

(c)  A draft of either a plaint, written statement, review petition, special leave petition, appeal, or any other pleading involving the case in question.


Nanda Kishore
Dr. Nanda Kishore

Visiting Professor