Education and Training
DLA Piper delivers education and training courses to our charity and NGO clients. We use our skills and knowledge to present custom training sessions that support our client’s operational needs. Our Business and Human Rights Training Program also enables businesses to understand and respond to the expectations of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which outline the responsibilities of business in relation to upholding human rights.
The sessions we deliver are carefully developed in collaboration with our pro bono clients to ensure they are practical and relevant for their needs. On occasion, we deliver the training in collaboration with our commercial clients who can bring additional experience to the sessions. We can adapt the sessions and deliver them to charities and NGOs, students and businesses around the world.
By providing our charity and NGO clients with legislative updates, legal skills training and capacity building workshops in addition to pro bono legal advice, we are able to enhance their operational efficiency and ensure that they can focus their limited resources on their core charitable purpose. The following modules are immediately available and we welcome discussions about additional custom courses:
- Social entrepreneurship and innovation
- Employment law
- Intellectual property
- Commercial contracts
- Anti-bribery and corruption
- Strategic Legal Thinking for Nonprofit Executives
Social entrepreneurship and innovation
Social entrepreneurs often cannot access the legal support that they need in their start-up stages. To address this gap, we have created a series of webinars to teach entrepreneurs about common issues individuals face when launching a new venture, including corporate entity selection, nonprofits and taxes, intellectual property, employment and real estate.
Our lawyers provide guidance to NGO directors and senior management in relation to structural change, handling senior executive appointments and severance, managing employee relations, policy matters, trade union issues and disputes. Our workshops also cover equal employment opportunity and discrimination issues, and the protection of business assets and reputations.
As the NGO sector has consolidated we have seen the emergence of very large national and global NGOs, often with complex networks of associated organisations operating under common branding. Protection of brand, trademarks and knowledge has never been more important. Our seminars cover topics such as trademarks, copyright, confidential information, change of ownership, controlling and managing IP rights, social media, risks and regulations and developing a coherent strategy.
As the role of NGOs continues to expand, so does the complexity of their interactions with business, donors, governments and other stakeholders. To assist NGOs to more effectively manage these relationships, our contracts training module covers issues including MOUs and letters of intent, anatomy of a contract, 'must haves' and 'no-go's', common contractual terms and drafting tips.
Anti-bribery and corruption
Extra-territorial regulation has increased the compliance burden for NGOs operating across borders. In this training module we cover topics including regulatory trends, the main provisions of the UK Bribery Act (including an explanation of paying and receiving a bribe), foreign public officials, failure to prevent bribery, consent or connivance by a senior officer and tips for compliance.
Strategic Legal Thinking for Nonprofit Executives
Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars for Nonprofit Executives, a series of three sessions per year in the US, helps professionals engaged in charitable work and public advocacy better understand important issues facing their nonprofit organizations. These seminars, which are delivered by DLA Piper, Pfizer and legal services providers, are open to executive directors, board members, operating officers, communication directors and program staff who will benefit from the discussion of complex issues surrounding a nonprofit’s operations.
Contact us for further information or to request pro bono training for your NGO or nonprofit.
As part of our pro bono program, we regularly deliver training to law students at all levels. Examples of the training packages currently available include:
- Legal ethics for law students
- Pro bono and access to justice
- Legal drafting
Legal Ethics in the Global Legal Market is a course that is designed to introduce students to a wide range of both legal and non-legal ethical issues. The course is highly interactive and introduces students to the practical skills required by lawyers in their day-to-day business and interactions with clients, the court and society as a whole. The course is designed to enhance student's communication skills, practical reasoning and cross cultural awareness.
DLA Piper lawyers regularly attend universities all over the world to educate law students about the importance of pro bono as part of a lawyer’s professional responsibility. Our pro bono workshops cover topics including the role of lawyers in the administration of justice, identifying legal need, accessing pro bono clients, working with pro bono clients.
Access to Justice
This training module was developed to supplement our pro bono workshops. It is targeted to law students and policy makers in developing countries and/or in jurisdictions that do not have well established legal systems. In addition to discussing the role of pro bono in achieving access to justice, this workshop considers other means of achieving access including legal aid, community legal centers, community paralegals, accessible courts, special groups and outreach services.
This module covers legal drafting skills, including negotiating and drafting dispute resolution clauses, drafting sales and purchase agreements, and general drafting techniques and principles. The training is interactive and participatory, involving practical group exercises, simulations and case studies. The focus is on “learning by doing” and this module has been designed principally for law students in developing countries to equip them for careers in a global legal market.
Contact us for further information or to request pro bono training for your law school.
Business and Human Rights
DLA Piper lawyers deliver training sessions to help our corporate clients and the broader business community understand the UN Guiding Principles and to help promote business practices that are respectful of human rights. The workshops review the application of the Guiding Principles to business practices. By studying examples of corporations that have taken positive action in this area, our workshops provide practical insight into how businesses can go about putting in place procedures and policies to help ensure their operations are conducted in a way that respects human rights and also mitigates against related risks. The Business and Human Rights Corporate Responsibilities workshop is run regularly throughout the year and can be delivered to clients and other interested groups on demand.
Contact us for further information regarding up-coming workshops or to request training.
We work with governments to increase the legal skills sets of government lawyers and officials and to promote transparency and the rule of law. Our extensive presence around the world ensures that we have the resources necessary to support governments in both developed and developing nations.
Our portfolio of skills and expertise includes the following:
- Climate change law and negotiations
- Human rights and corporate responsibility
- Commercial and contract drafting and negotiations
- Project finance
DLA Piper offers training to government lawyers on negotiation and international arbitration using our extensive expertise and skills in these practise areas. This training has been particularly successful in developing nations where we have collaborated with the government to organise these sessions. This is significant as international arbitration has increasingly become the preferred method for resolving cross-border disputes.
Climate change law and negotiations
As governments increasingly participate in international climate change negotiations, their lawyers require training on the legal aspects of participating in these negotiations and further on the consequences of any agreements the government enters into. DLA Piper has delivered training on climate change law and negotiations to government lawyers in a number of developing countries. These workshops were supplemented with a comprehensive report, "Climate Change Adaptation Guided by the Law."
DLA Piper is involved in running a regional training programme in developing African countries for public sector lawyers and law professors to ensure the region's extractive industry supports social and economic development. This is significant as increasingly it is well-accepted that industry cannot flourish in the long-term without sound sustainability practices.