JOB POST: Legal Fellow for Fair Trial Fellowship by NLU, Delhi: Apply by Nov 30: Expired

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The Fair Trial Fellowship is an opportunity for young lawyers and social workers to work for providing quality legal representation to undertrial prisoners. The Fellowship will train and mentor a group of young professionals to work in collaboration with the State Legal Services Authority towards ensuring fair trial for undertrial prisoners at both pre-trial and trial stages.

The Fellowship is being currently rolled out for work in Nagpur and Pune Central prisons. The twin goals of the programme are to reduce the undertrial population in prisons in Pune and Nagpur and to work with the legal aid system in Maharashtra. To this end, there will be a research as well as a litigation component to the programme.


The National Law University, Delhi is seeking to engage on a contractual basis, Legal Fellows for Pune and Nagpur for the Fair Trial Fellowship programme of Project39A supported by a grant from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives. The Legal Fellows will be assigned cases of undertrial prisoners being represented by DLSA panel lawyers and will be in charge of providing assistance in court hearings, legal research, drafting and prison visits (for client interviews) to the legal aid lawyer leading the case. The maximum period of engagement will be for two years and the contract will be renewed on an annual basis.

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This is a full time paid position based in Nagpur and Pune. Selected candidates will be expected to reside within the municipal limits of the city of their selection but may be required to travel frequently to other districts as per programme needs.

  1. Minimum of three year experience of criminal law practice at trial court level
  2. Registration as a practicing advocate (Sanad) with Bar Council of any state in India
  3. Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Marathi
  4. Ability to read, write and speak English
  5. Familiarity with the use of MS-Office, emails and the internet
  6. Prior work experience in work with the District Legal Services Authority is desirable,

Fellows will be paid a fellowship amount of INR 30,000 per month.

Application Process

Interested persons may send their resumé and a statement of purpose, explaining their interest in working on this programme. The statement of purpose must not exceed 700 words. Shortlisted candidates will be called for the selection process which may be held in Mumbai/Pune/Nagpur. Intimation regarding dates and venue of selection rounds will be given to the shortlisted candidates by email.

Interested persons must send their resume and Statement of Purpose to and the subject of the e-mail should be “Fair Trial Fellowship – Application for Legal Fellowship”.

Application Deadline

November 30, 2019



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