Let’s paint a picture🖼️: you just set up your first online course by yourself 🥳. You’ve created class exercises, class participation activities, class discussion topics, online examination materials, critical skill exercises, and more. Now, you’re finally ready for people to sign up for your first online class session! That’s great, but now you need to find a way to protect yourself legally. That’s where an effective online course legal package comes into play.
Sure, an effective online course legal package can prevent lawsuits. But it also shows your clients they are dealing with someone professional 👔 who knows exactly what they’re doing. If this is something that you want for your online course, then it’s time to get your own online course legal package! Below is a breakdown of what an online course legal package needs to stand out to clients and shield you from litigation.
1. Online Course Agreement
The first☝️ and most basic of your select contracts is your online course agreement. This document 📝 covers the basic terms and conditions of your online programs. Make sure that your clients:
- Are aware of that and that they are dealing with an independent contractor and not a company
- Understand what you will provide
- Understand what is expected of them as a class students. For example, if they only complete half of your 2-part online program, they can’t expect to do well. You can also specify skills requirements if needed (for example, prior knowledge of Photoshop for editing advanced study courses).
- Know that results aren’t guaranteed and may vary from participant to participant.
2. Terms and Conditions
Now, apart from the online course agreement, it’s good to include another document that covers all terms and conditions in a lot more detail. A good T&C is one of the most common contracts out there and a favorite of law enforcement. It covers all the fine print of what your client is agreeing to do and what you agree to do for your client. This can answer any additional questions and protect you if something should go awry as well as provide clarity 💡 for your client.
Your terms and conditions aren’t something you want to try to create or alter on your own. Unfortunately, unlike some other documents, T&C’s are almost always full of business terms and “legalese” that is best left to those who have graduated from law school and passed the bar exam. We can help you with this with our online course T&C form.
3. Keep Things Private
Since you’re going to be dealing with a variety of clients, depending on what your course offers, you are going to be dealing with people on a very personal level. This means you need to consider their privacy 🤫. It’s reassuring for clients to know that they are working with someone who won’t disclose their personal information or stories to other people💬 once the course is over.
By having a strong confidentiality agreement 💪 in your legal package, you give your online students a sense of reassurance. Such form agreements make them trust you more, which is a big advantage for referrals. That’s just one reason why a confidentiality agreement is part of the core policies for most legal packages for popular courses.
4. Non-Disclosure is Crucial
Further, privacy can go both ways. You can ask your students not to disseminate substantive concepts from your course via a non-disclosure agreement or confidentiality agreement. Such an agreement ensures your client basically doesn’t speak 😶 to other people about any privileged information they learn from your online course.
Depending on the individual courses you offer, there could be sensitive information exchanged 🙉 between you and your online students. That’s why it’s important to include a non-disclosure agreement in your legal package. After all, you want people to keep busying your course! You wouldn’t want anything sensitive about your substantive knowledge, advanced programs, or virtual programs leaking out for free.
5. Business Trademark Information
A professional online course legal package should include one of these key agreements for several reasons. If you want your online business to jump out at clients😮, then trademarking your work ✔️is a good idea. You want people in your coaching program aware that you’re trademarked. Doing this for your business is a huge advantage and is a great way that shows you are the owner of your work and intellectual property.
Having an unregistered trademark can seem unprofessional and informal. Further, it is way too easy to copy stuff on the internet. Anyone in the legal profession or criminal justice will tell you it’s much easier to go after someone claiming ownership for any protected aspects of business 👎if you have active trademarks.
Let Ian Corzine Hook You Up with an Online Course Legal Package
Putting together an online course legal package is easier said than done. It can be quite tedious and time-consuming 🕐 for busy professionals to put one together. Honestly, it’s best to leave it to those with a legal education, who are used to the practice of law, legal analysis, and copyright law concepts. That’s why we highly recommend that you get in touch with us!
Our brightest minds have put together an effective yet professional👍 online course legal package, including an online course T&C, that is sure to be both effective and professional for you and your clients. Or, if you like a more hands-on approach, you can get in touch with us to pick our legal minds about other legal forms like a consultant agreement, escrow agreement, licensing agreement, and more. Don’t waste any more time; reach out today 🙌!