Call for applications: IDIA Research and Policy Team (I-RAP)


Are you a policy enthusiast seeking to join a dynamic team that is driving some cutting-edge research and policy work in the area of inclusive legal education?

Do you want to use your research skills to contribute to projects that are making an actual difference to the world that immediately surrounds you?

Look no further. IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) is looking for passionate, committed and dynamic law students to join its National Research and Policy Team (IRAP).

What is IRAP?

The IDIA Research and Policy Team has been designed to drive state of the art research and policy in the area of inclusivelegal education and diversity within law schools and the legal profession.

In the past few years, members of the IRAP team have undertaken some ground-breaking work and prepared comprehensive policy documents on various significant issues, such as:

  • Proposing comprehensive reforms to overhaul the conduct of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT);
  • Administering and analysing diversity Surveys at leading NLUs, to assess the extent of diversity in law schools and put forth policy recommendations to bridge existing gaps;
  • Undertaking comprehensive research on access to education for economically weaker sections by documenting the scholarship framework at different levels;
  • Proposing reforms to ensure access to education for differently-abled students.

The CLAT Committee implemented some of the IRAP team’s suggestions on CLAT reforms in 2011, and various leading online and print media have covered its research on student diversity and the persistent hikes in the costs of pursuing legal education.

Members of the IRAP team also contributed to the shaping of a very progressive and comprehensive scholarship policy instituted by NLSIU in 2015 and their extensive work has been cited several times since.

This year, we plan to further scale up the operations of the IRAP team and take on a larger variety of interesting projects.Further, students joining the IRAP team will also work closely on all ongoing and proposed litigations that seek to bring about much needed reforms in the sphere of access to quality legal education. Through these diverse activities, you will get hands-on experience in carrying out extensive research and drafting, and brainstorming with various other excellent minds to evolve nuanced policy recommendations.

You should apply only if you:

  • Are in the 2nd/3rd/4th/5th year of law school (in case of the 5 year integrated law course) or in the 2nd/3rd year (of the 3 year law degree)
  • Have excellent research and writing skills
  • Are interested in engaging in meaningful research and driving policy initiatives that have the potential to create long-standing impact
  • Are highly motivated and self-driven and do not require constant direction from a person of authority
  • Are excited about the prospect of working in a team comprising brilliant and enthusiastic young people from across different law schools
  • Are innovative, tenacious and resourceful and can think out-of-the-box to evolve solutions to problems
  • Are willing to take up work at a moment’s notice, and are efficient at managing your time and reworking your schedule.
  • Are prompt in responding to calls and emails
  • Are willing to make one full year’s commitment to IDIA
  • Relish challenges as opportunities to learn


The biggest incentive in working as part of IDIA is, of course, the satisfaction of having made a contribution towards a great cause – ushering in a more inclusive and diverse legal eco-system. Additionally, we offer some material incentives too:

  1. IDIA’s various supporters and donors (including some of the leading law firms) have agreed to grant internship opportunities to best performing IDIA volunteers. In the past, IDIA has nominated its best performing volunteers for internships at top law firms such as JSA, Trilegal, Luthra and Luthra, AZB etc. as well as companies like GE, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis etc.
  2. Exceptional IDIA team leaders/deputy team leaders could be nominated for a series of awards including a fellowship instituted by a leading lawyer (IDIA: Sagar Fellowships) that pay a good sum each month.
  3. A certificate highlighting your contribution to IDIA and providing an assessment of your work.


How to apply?

Please write to with the subject “Application for IDIA Research and Policy Team”. Please make sure the body of your email clearly mentions the name of your law school and the year of study. Please send in your applications latest by October 15, 2017.

Please attach the following documents with your application:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • In one page, please outline an area of research or policy intervention that you think will promote diversity and help foster inclusiveness in the area of legal education. Also include in brief the methodology you would like to adopt to carry out the proposed project.

A Statement of Purpose outlining your motivations to apply (not more than one page) OR a one page writing sample – Please note that this is optional and your application will be deemed complete on the submission of your CV and policy write-up.

  1. Hey,

    I am a 2nd year of Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Will my application be taken into consideation ? The article mentions only vacancies of 3rd, 4th and 5th year.

    Aarushi Sahu

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