First Published on 28th October, 2015
The Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) project is a nationwide movement that aims to empower underprivileged and marginalised communities in India by transforming students from such communities into world-class lawyers and community leaders.
IDIA is looking for passionate and dynamic students from all law schools to join its newly launched National Disability Project as Team members for 2015-16.
What is the National Disability Project Team
As IDIA attempts to drive policy in the area of ‘inclusive’ legal education and ‘diversity’ within law schools and the legal profession, the IDIA Disability Project has been conceptualized to address the lack of consideration for differently-abled students in law schools with regard to the opportunities and infrastructure offered to these students.
The basic aim of the team will be to empower differently-abled students, and create an atmosphere in law schools which is inclusive and amicable to them.
We plan to achieve this through a process which makes the disabled scholars prepared for law school, and simultaneously also makes law schools prepared for the needs of the differently-abled.
We are looking for volunteers for the following posts:
1) Members for the Research Team: – We are looking for 5-6 student volunteers from 2nd -5 th year of law school to engage actively in research regarding making law-schools disability-friendly spaces.
You should apply if you have excellent research skills, and are interested in conducting meaningful research regarding the issues that differently-abled students face before coming to and after joining law schools, and how these issues shape their careers.
The fault-lines that the researchers find will be instrumental in setting the goals for the initiative.
Therefore, selected candidates will effectively be leading the vision for this initiative.
2) Technology support- We are looking for student volunteers from all batches who will be researching on the various technological interventions available that will help disabled students navigate through law school (for instance, software such as JAWS or MAGic which provide accessibility of reading materials to the visually impaired), and will be responsible for driving the introduction and efficient usage of these interventions in various law schools.
You should apply if you have an appetite for technology, and seek to play a leading role in driving disabled-friendly infrastructural changes in law schools.
We will also select two Team Leaders for this initiative from among the selected student volunteers, who will supervise and carry out the goals set for the team, apart from carrying out their research/technology work.
If you wish to apply for Team Leadership, please mention the same in your application.
Apply for these posts only if you:
Want to be part of a pioneering initiative in the space of disability rights.
Are a highly-motivated individual who does not need constant direction from an authority figure.
Are willing to work in a team of brilliant and enthusiastic young people from across different national law schools.
Are tenacious and resourceful, and can think of innovative ways to get what you’re looking for.
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 phone calls and email.
Are willing to make one full year’s commitment to IDIA.
Relish challenges as opportunities to learn.
To apply, send in your CV, along with a statement of purpose (not more than 1000 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th November, 2015.
The subject line of the mail should read as “Application for Team Member for Disability Team”.
If you wish to apply for both positions and/or for Team Leadership, please indicate clearly the order of your preferences.
In your application, please highlight why you are the best pick for your chosen position(s). This will enable us to consider your applications appropriately.
As an IDIA volunteer, you will get the wonderful opportunity to work in volunteer teams with like-minded young people and to impact lives, and develop non-quantifiable life skills provided by few other opportunities in law school.
Moreover, you will get to be part of the pilot team of the project, and will have full autonomy to give shape to the scope of the team’s work and mandate.