CSJ Ahmedabad’s Young Professionals Programme for Legal Empowerment; Rs. 25k Fellowship; Apply by May 25

An aphorism often widely debated in law schools is the idea of ‘law as an instrument for social change’. As law people, many have studied, opposed or defended this principle. But there are few who actually work towards using the agency of the law to empower lives and facilitate socio-legal revolutions.

While some young legal professionals choose the more challenging and lesser tread path of engaging directly with communities, others opt for a more indirect engagement by working with research organizations, policy institutions and academia.

However, in order to contribute meaningfully as young legal professional working for human rights, one has to be cognizant of the wide gulf between the law in action and the law as found in statute books, judgments and

Therefore, whatever may be the course chosen, a direct/lived experience of poverty and discrimination, an understanding of how things work on the ground and experiencing the practical relationship of law with vulnerability is essential for any lawyer, policy researcher or legal academic.

The Young Professionals Programme for Legal Empowerment (YPPLE) anchored by Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is designed to equip young legal professionals to become powerful change agents by giving them the opportunity to develop a holistic understanding of how legal empowerment can contribute to social change through an intimate engagement with field realities.

Program Details

A group of about six to eight young legal professionals will be placed for minimum period of one year in the field areas where CSJ is implementing its programmes.

A learning/performance road map will be developed jointly with the selected candidates. Each individual will spend two-three weeks every  month in the field areas and the remaining time will be dedicated towards reflections, writing, inputs and capacity building.

The Programme is open to young law graduates/legal professionals who wish to pursue a career in the field of human rights as lawyers, practitioners, researchers or academics. A willingness to engage with field realities, to live in challenging conditions, and travel extensively are pre-requisites for every candidate.

Candidates must above all display a strong drive, motivation andcommitment towards working for social change.


A fellowship of Rs. 25,000 per month will be paid to the selected candidates.

Please note that an engagement for a minimum period of one year is mandatory for all those selected to the Programme.

Selection Process

Candidates interested in applying to the Programme must send in the following in their application:

a) personal statement of purpose detailing the candidates motivations and reasons for applying to the Programme. Candidates must also be clear about their areas of interest and expectations from the Programme.

b) updated CV along with details of any similar prior work experience. Applications containing the above mentioned documents should be sent to [email protected] not later than 25th May 2014.

Candidates shortlisted for the second round will be contacted for an interview.

The final selected candidates will be invited for a one month probation period.

Based on an appraisal of their performance during this month, the organisation will confirm the selection of the candidates into the Programme.

For any queries, please write to us at [email protected]

Full details are here.

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