The Justice Leila Seth Fellowship 2021-22 For Lawyers [Paid Fellowship] at iProbono, Delhi: Apply by Feb 28

The Justice Leila Seth Fellowship invites lawyers committed to social justice, to apply for the fellowship and enhance and better their legal education driven towards equality.

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.

The Fellowship aims to stimulate, challenge and support young lawyers who are in the early stages of their career and from varied backgrounds.

The Objective

  • 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

The foundation of the fellowship has been strategized, deisgned and implemented by iProbono.

iProbono India was founded by Swathi Sukumar, 34, and UK solicitor, Shireen Irani, 36, in 2011, with the aim of enhancing access to justice. “As a lawyer in India, I felt a shortage of opportunities to meaningfully engage with the law, for the benefit of people who were disadvantaged or marginalised

iProbono’s mission is to enable people to access their rights in pursuit of a just society.

By promoting active citizenship and engaging a holistic model, they:

  • Advance justice for all by representing people in need
  • Strengthen the impact of civil society
  • Advocate for policies that promote social equity and end discrimination

iProbono provides holistic counsel with a strong, lean team that delivers strategic direction and execution, while also leveraging the expertise and commitment of a wide community of pro bono lawyers.

Thematic Areas

iProbono’s approach is based on principles that inform a good society, such as free speech, democratic participation and accountability.

Current thematic focus areas include

  • Gender equality
  • Violence against women and children
  • LGBTQ+
  • Minorities
  • Disability, and
  • Discrimination based on race or caste.

Also, the enhancement of:

  • Economic empowerment
  • Health
  • Education
  • Shelter
  • Conservation
  • Animal welfare and a host of other cause areas.

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.


18 months

How to Apply

Stage 1

Submit an application form along with a detailed CV and cover letter expressing interest and suitability.

Stage 2

Submit a two-minute video recording and two writing samples.

Stage 3

Attend a virtual interview with members of the Fellowship Selection Committee.

Selection Criteria

  • 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.

Important Dates

  • 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

Contact Information

For any queries, please get in touch with us at JLSF[at]

For official information and other details, click here.


Click here to apply for the fellowship.


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