One of the avowed objectives of the National Law School of India University is to promote legal education and research. In pursuance of the same the Legal Services Clinic offers legal and paralegal services by the faculty and the students. It not only provides a centre for practical professional training for students of law, but more importantly, provides free legal services to the socially and the economically backward sections of the society who have difficulty accessing the judicial system.
The mandate of the Legal Service Clinic is broadly classified into two – legal aid and legal awareness.
A dedicated Legal Services Clinic has been in operation at the NLSIU campus in Nagarbhavi since August 2005. This Clinic has since been used to provide free legal advice and counselling for people from various sections of society, as well as facilitating mediation from time to time. Additionally, we have a pro-bono panel consisting of many eminent lawyers including many alumni of NLSIU who volunteer and handle these cases that come to the Clinic.
The Clinic is kept open from Monday to Saturday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and can also be contacted during at 9620874243. For those people who cannot visit us in person, LSC also answers legal queries through e-mail. If you have a question, just drop us a line at and we will get back to you at the earliest. LSC also has its own blog that can be accessed here (http://legalservicesclinic.wordpress.com/) through which clients can contact us.
Tie-up with NGOs- LSC has tie-ups with NGOs such as Stree Jagruti Samithi which works with domestic workers’ issues and Munnade, which focuses on garment factory workers. Apart from giving free legal advice to women through such NGOs, LSC also conducts Legal literacy programmes and has undertaken several other projects such as Legislative drafting for domestic workers, surveys on domestic violence etc.
Additionally, a lot of LSC’s activities concern promotion of legal awareness in the society. For this, the members of the Clinic along with other students regularly conduct Legal Literacy Programmes (LLPs) and street plays for different audiences. These LLPs are conducted for adolescents in several schools in the city. We also conduct them in many different NGOs. LSC also conducts one outstation LLP every year in a rural area in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, as well as other adjoining states .In association with the Karnataka Legal Services Authority, LSC conducts Legal Literacy programs in various schools and colleges. Further we put up plays on new areas of law on various occasions like Rajyotsava, National Law Day etc.
Moreover, LSC has its own newsletter that explains legal issues to the lay man. We distribute these newsletters all across Bangalore to generate legal awareness.
LSC has been deeply involved in pro-bono and public policy orientated research, and has been increasingly taking part in and helping coordinate projects in association with other organizations. In the past, the committee has focussed on building databases of magistrates, protection officers under PWDVA, shelter homes etc for future reference. The Committee has also extensively studied and made reports oon the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act in Karnataka.
The members of this year’s (2018-19) committee are as follows:
- Avinash V Rao (Convenor)
- Mrinali Komandur (Joint-convenor)
- Apurva Singh
- Adoorya Harish
- Jyotsna Vilva
- Mallika Sen
- Rajashri Seal
- Varsha Rawtani
- Ananya HS