Essentials of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

The Who, What, When, Where, and How of the World's Most Common Business Contract
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The purpose of an NDA
The business context of an NDA
Typical use cases for an NDA
Key provisions in an NDA
Form and structure of an NDA
How NDAs fit with LOIs, term sheets, and agreements


  • Basic familiarity of business relationships and contracting process is helpful


(Note: this class is for educational purposes. It does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.)

The confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is one of the most common agreements in the business world. In this introductory course, you'll learn about some key provisions, typical contexts, and use cases for NDAs such as acquisitions, employment and consulting arrangements, partnerships, and joint ventures. You'll build a great foundation for learning the topics covered in more advanced courses.

Featuring AltaClaro expert instructors Julie Ryan (Partner, Acceleron Law Group; law professor) and Stephen Kaplitt (Kaplitt Legal Consulting).

Who this course is for:

  • Entrepreneurs looking for a better understanding of NDAs.
  • Business managers and executives looking for a better understanding of NDAs.
  • Law or pre-law students looking for a better understanding of NDAs.
  • Employees or contractors looking for a better understanding of NDAs.

Course content

2 sections14 lectures30m total length
  • Introduction and Overview
  • Basics
    1 question
  • Why, When, and With Whom Do We Need an NDA?
  • NDA Context
    1 question
  • Timing and Process
  • Interplay Between NDA and Other Documents (LOIs, Contracts)
  • Example (In Context)
  • Form and Format
  • NDA Format
    1 question
  • Standard Provisions
  • Parties & Business Purpose
  • Lecture 9: Example (In Context)
  • Definition of Confidential Information
  • CI Definition
    1 question
  • What's Included in CI
  • What's Excluded from CI
  • Scope of CI


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