About the Fellowship
The Justice Leila Seth Fellowship invites lawyers committed to social justice to be part of an ecosystem that strives to preserve the rights and dignity of all people. Many lawyers are unable to pursue a rights-based legal practice as sector salaries preclude people who do not have independent means. The Fellowship draws together a cohort of lawyers to enhance their legal education in an environment that nurtures egalitarian communities.
Many lawyers are unable to pursue a rights-based legal practice as sector salaries preclude people who do not have independent means. Fellows will receive a monthly salary commensurate to working at a leading social justice organization.
The foundation of the Fellowship rests on the vision and strategy designed and implemented by iProbono, which includes:
- Strengthening the impact of civil society
- Advancing justice for all by representing people in need
- Advocating for policies that promote social equity and end discrimination
What Will The Fellowship Involve?
- The Fellowship will combine legal education, active litigation, and advocacy through storytelling to change hearts and minds.
- An integral part of the programme is education through storytelling. For example, taking stories of important legal interventions to university students to instil a rights-based sensibility and promote the ideals of a fair society as embodied by the Constitution.
- Fellows will be given the opportunity to work on social justice issues, while promoting and developing the concept of pro bono lawyering.
- Building relationships with the team, the clients, and the wider community of lawyers, are key elements of the Fellowship.
- Past Fellows will also be called upon to engage with current Fellows to enable a convergence of ideas and collaborative efforts.
During the 18 month tenure of the first cohort, two Fellows will follow a supervised and structured programme. They will work in the iProbono offices in Delhi and Mumbai, the wider community of iProbono lawyers and seconded to select partner organisations.
Senior members of the iProbono team will support the Fellows to produce written material for public dissemination.
How to Apply?
Submit an application form along with a detailed CV and cover letter expressing interest and suitability.
Submit a two-minute video recording and two writing samples.
Attend a virtual interview with members of the Fellowship Selection Committee.
- Fellows will be recruited through a competitive selection process and judged on their demonstrated commitment to social justice, knowledge of the law or other, equally, compelling experience.
- Required academic qualification is an undergraduate degree from an Indian University that has legal modules.
- Fellows do not need to have experience working in human rights or social justice but must demonstrate a passion for social justice.
- Applicants should be able to work with a cohort of Fellows of diverse occupational, geographic, and ideological profiles.
- The applicant will need to commit to an 18-month term as a Fellow commencing in March 2021 following their application.
- Call for applications: 15 January 2021
- Round 1 – Submit the application including CV and cover letter: 28 February 2021
- First shortlist of candidates: 20 March 2021
- Round 2 – Submit video recording and writing samples: 5 April 2021
- Second shortlist of candidates announced: 20 April 2021
- Virtual interview with the Selection Committee: 1-7 May 2021
- Announcement of the Justice Leila Seth Fellows 2020-2021: 15 May 2021
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