Applications Invited For National Law University Delhi Fair Trial Fellowship Programme
Applications Invited For National Law University Delhi Fair Trial Fellowship Programme

Organization: National Law University, Delhi

Apply By: 13 Feb 2019


National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) is a prestigious law university in India, offering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. NLUD is one of the national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India. The statute provides for the Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi to function as the University's Chancellor whereas the Vice-Chancellor functions as the chief administrator.

About The Programme:

The Fair Trial Fellowship is supported by a grant from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI).The 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 programme will have offices in Pune and Nagpur. The programme staff will comprise two Legal Strategy Co-ordinators, 20 Legal Fellows and 10 Social Work Fellows. The maximum period of engagement will before three years and the contract will be renewed on an annual basis.

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

Responsibilities: This is a full time paid position based in Pune. Selected candidate will be expected to reside within the municipal limits of Pune/Nagpur but may be required to travel frequently to other districts as per programme needs. The responsibilities of the Social Work Fellows will include:

  • Visiting the Prisons, interacting with undertrial prisoners, identifying individuals who need legal aid from the DLSA and supporting them in writing applications to DLSA.
  • Identifying undertrial prisoners entitled for bail/early release and refer such cases to the DLSA and the Prison Authorities.
  • Socio-legal case work interventions and handholding undertrial prisoners through the legal proceedings at both pre-trial and trial stage.
  • Home visits and working with families of undertrials in gathering information/documents relevant to their case.
  • Co-ordinating with other authorities if required for gathering relevant documents like age proof, address proof, medical certificates etc.
  • Identifying special needs of undertrials including pregnancy claims for juvenility, disability, terminal illnesses, and mental health issues etc.
  • Travelling as required to meet and communicate with family members of undertrial prisoners and other persons who may have oral and documentary information relevant for mitigation of the prisoners, using the tools and techniques for communication and obtaining information devised.
  • Co-ordinating with Legal Fellows and provide relevant socio-legal inputs in individual cases.
  • Case Documentation with details of interventions for cases handled
  • Organising and conducting training workshops and conferences.
  • Documentation and Reporting as per programmatic needs.
  • Any other work that may be necessary to further the aims of the Fellowship Programme.


  • Post-graduate qualification in social work (M.A. in Social Work/MSW) or any other
  • Helping Professions/Social Science/Humanities subject or related areas from a Central/Deemed/State-Recognised University
  • Minimum of one year experience (full time) in intervention work at the grassroot level
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Marathi
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Familiarity with the use of MS-Office emails and the internet Prior work experience within institutions in the criminal justice system is desirable

Application Deadline: 13th Feb;2019

Application Process: Interested candidates may send their resume and a statement of purpose (SOP), explaining their interest in working on this programme. The statement of purpose must not exceed 700 words in two separate documents (as attachment only either MS Word or PDF version) to p39arecruitment@nludelhi.ac.in and the subject of the e-mail should be ‘Application for Fair Trial Fellowship-Social Work Fellow,[mention your location]’

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