India's legal system lacks inclusiveness. The Indic Law Project is trying change this.
India’s legal system still remains an inaccessible isle to which diversity and inclusion are anathema. The National Law Universities in themselves were part of an experiment to improve the quality of legal education, but they ended up adding to the existing disparity in terms of representation within the profession. The heavy fee structure and English language -centric entrance process in these premium institutes keep them inaccessible for the economically and socially disadvantaged sections of the society.
The diversity survey conducted by the IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) project concretizes these arguments. Nearly 32% of the respondents in the survey who were in the first year of their law school confirmed that their parents were Brahmins, an extremely privileged community that accounts for a mere 4.3% of total Indian population. 98% of the respondents had their schooling in English medium schools while 90% were from metro cities.
India’s legal system needs to be more accessible, inclusive, qualified and technology driven. The mission of the Indic Law Project is addressing this gap.
The project involves two initiatives – one, discounted rates for students who come from historically marginalized and financially disadvantaged backgrounds to access the Law Entrance Coaching app, and secondly, scholarships for those from these backgrounds once they get into a National Law University.
We are currently forming partnerships with organisations working on similar causes to identify eligible candidates for the discounted rates for accessing the app. Once the company starts making profits, we will allocate at least 5 % of it towards scholarships. We will also raise funds through our social media handles.