Call for Applications: IDIA National Research and Policy Team [3rd – 5th Year Students]: Apply by Oct 20

Call for Applications

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) is looking for passionate and dynamic students from the 3rd, 4th and 5th years of law school to join our National Research and Policy Team.

What is the IDIA National Research and Policy Team

As IDIA attempts to drive policy in the area of ‘inclusive’ legal education and ‘diversity’ within law schools and the legal profession, the IDIA Research and Policy Team (IRAP) has been specially designed to take this forward. The IRAP team consists of a dedicated group of student researchers, led by Dr. Shamnad Basheer.

In the past few years, the IRAP team has prepared policy documents on various issues, including CLAT reforms, diversity surveys at NLUs, scholarships at NLUs, and reforms related to differently-abled students. The CLAT Committee implemented some of our suggestions on CLAT reforms in 2011, and our research on student diversity and hike in fees in law schools has been covered by Legally India and Mint.

The IRAP team also contributed to the shaping of the progressive scholarship policy instituted by NLSIU in 2015. Additionally, our IRAP team has also played an integral role in the PIL before the Supreme Court with regard to the CLAT exam.

For more information about the work this team does, click HERE.

This year, we plan to ramp up the number of projects we undertake, for which we are looking for new members.

Apply only if you:

> Have excellent research skills

> Are interested in engaging in meaningful research that has the potential to create long-standing impact

> Are a highly-motivated individual who does not need constant direction from an authority figure

> Are willing to work in a team of brilliant and enthusiastic young people from across different national law schools.

> Are tenacious and resourceful, and can think of innovative ways to get what you’re looking for.

> Are willing to take up work at a moment’s notice, and are efficient at managing your time and reworking your schedule.

> Are prompt in responding to calls and email

> Are willing to make one full year’s commitment to IDIA

> Relish challenges as opportunities to learn

Application Procedure

Please send the following documents to


20th October, 2016, 11:30 pm

Documents to be attached with mail

1. A statement of purpose not more than two pages

2. Your CV

3.1 Details (eligibility, deadline, website, contact person) and analysis of scholarship programs available through A) your State Government programs, B) Central government programs, C) through the law schools in your State

3.2 Suggestions for better scholarship programs including better implementation

3.3 Any three landmark judgements where scholarships were disputed (give summary and ratio decidendi).

About IDIA

The Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) project is a nationwide movement that aims to empower underprivileged and marginalised communities in India by transforming students from such communities into world-class lawyers and community leaders.

IDIA is formally structured as a Trust with four trustees including Justice Ruma Pal (Former Judge of the Supreme Court), Professor M.P. Singh (Former Vice Chancellor of NUJS and Chairman of Delhi Judicial Academy), Shishira Rudrappa (Founder of Spire Capital and Bar & Bench) and Dr. Shamnad Basheer (IP Scholar and Academic). However, it runs on the backbone of student volunteers spread through the length and breadth of India.

IDIA identifies underprivileged students with an aptitude for law and trains them for law entrance exams over a 2-3 year period. In 5 years, more than 40 students trained by IDIA have gained admission to leading law schools, including national law universities.

Who are the Scholars?

Our diverse scholars include children of stone quarry workers, farmers, panipuri vendors, painters, drivers, clerks, shopkeepers and many others belonging to marginalized communities. In 2015, 5 of the IDIA scholars who appeared for CLAT 2015, made it to National Law Universities, and 3 to other law schools.

IDIA not only enables access to legal education, it also fosters diversity at the leading law schools and enriches the very process of legal education.


If you wish to be updated on IDIA activities regularly, do drop us an email at indicating your interest in joining our mailing list.

For more details on IDIA and the profiles of our scholars, click HERE.

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