The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work to meet the emerging need for trained human service professionals accorded the status of deemed university in 1964, and funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Since then IT is a postgraduate Institute of national stature today.
Since its inception, the TISS has consistently worked for the promotion of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice.
It has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different ministries of the Government of India (GoI); State Governments, International agencies, such as the United Nations; and the non-government sector, both national and International.
A high degree of freedom and autonomy shape the positive work ethos and creativity in the Institute facilitating strong linkages between education, research field, field action and dissemination. In recognition of its social contribution and academic excellence, it was awared 5-star rating by NAAC in 2002.
In 2009, TISS was reaccredited by NAAC and awarded a Grade ‘A’ with a score of 3.88 out of 4.
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Rationale: India is a social, democratic, republic governed by rule of law. Large masses lack access to law and justice, resulting in inequality, injustice and disempowerment.
If law is equal for all, access to justice should be universally available. If equal justice under law is to be a reality, there has to be equal access to justice. Today there is a access-to-justice “crisis” imperiling the country’s legal system.
It is expensive, time-consuming, procedure-ridden, technical, difficult to comprehend, prevents poor and vulnerable from approaching .
Laws, legal institutions and processes need to be reformed.
One Year, Full time LL.M in Access to Justice
In pursuance of the TISS mission towards creating a people-centered society that promotes equality, social change and transformation and human rights for all, especially the marginalized and vulnerable groups, the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance at TISS is conducting a One Year Full time, LLM Course in Access to Justice from July 2013.
Objectives of the Course :
- To develop greater capacity and skill among legal professionals to deliver basic quality legal services to the marginalized and vulnerable , who are most in need of it.
- To develop community or people’s lawyers who will work towards social change for the vulnerable and marginalized groups.
- To promote accessibility to law and justice by eliminating barriers that prevent people from understanding and exercising their laws and rights.
- To develop legal strategies to bring about changes that support development of quality indigent defence and legal services. (legal literacy)
- To support the national and local justice delivery institutions to implement laws and bring justice to the poor and vulnerable.
- To propose and advocate for legislative reform in support of the vulnerable groups.
- To develop socio-legal researchers with strong legal research and legal writing skills.
Teaching Methodology: includes Lectures, debates, class and group discussions, clinical programs, field based research, dissertations, workshops, seminars, guest lectures, internships with civil society groups, legal institutions and socio-legal groups.
Course Outcome: After completing this course the students can work for the community through socio–legal research, advocacy, legislative reforms, policy making and policy analysis in support of the vulnerable groups, as community lawyers, with academic universities, legal advisors, legal researchers and scholars, civil society groups and legal services commission, judicial services, and agencies that share the socio-legal cause.
Eligibility: LL.B. or an Equivalent Law Degree with 55% marks (50%in case of SC/ST/ Persons with Disability). The candidates appearing in final LL.B. Examination in April/May, 2013 can also apply.
Reservation: 30 Seats [Reservation: 15% for SC Candidates, 7.5% for ST Candidates, 27% for OBC(NC) and 3% for persons with Disabilities.]
Admission: Admission to LLM (Access to Justice) Programme will be conducted through AILET* (All India Law Entrance Test) to be conducted at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Noida and Patna on April 28, 2013 (Sunday) between 3 to 4.30 pm .
The Personal Interview for LLM(Access to Justice) will be conducted at TISS, Mumbai.
The classes for LLM ( Access to Justice commencing from July, 2013, will be conducted at TISS, Mumbai
Interested candidates are required to apply online through the E-application only, available on the Institute’s website www.admissions.tiss.edu
Last date for receipt of completed application forms for LLM (Access to Justice): April 13, 2013
Date of Written Test: May 28, 2013 between 3 to 4.30 pm
For more information, contact:
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (A Deemed University)
V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai – 400 088. Phone: (022) 25525389/382; Fax: (022) 25525050
Note: TISS has a tie up with National Law University, Sector 14, Dwarka, Delhi 110078, for admission test AILET (All India Law Entrance Test) 2013.