"The State shall secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice, on a basis of equal opportunity, and shall, in particular, provide free legal aid, by suitable legislation or schemes or in any other way, to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities."

Article 39-A of the Constitution of India

Keeping the tenets of the Constitution in mind the Institute of Legal Studies, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Legal Aid Cell seeks to ensure dissemination of justice equally among all sections of the society. To this end, it seeks to promote free legal aid so that those who may be at a disadvantage end may be able to access courts and justice on equal terms with the more fortunate way. It is for the promotion of equal access to justice that the Law schools in India have been endowed with the mandate to open and run legal aid cells. The report of the Committee for Implementing Legal Aid Schemes under the Chairmanship of Justice P.N. Bhagwati and the Legal Services Authorises Act, 1987 have taken this noble task a step further. One of the aims of the University is to promote legal awareness and to inculcate social responsibility which will lead to the realization of goals embodied in the Constitution of India. Institute of Legal Studies, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Legal Aid Cell not only serves the society, it also provides students with innumerable opportunities to hone their skills in law, informs them of the challenges in the profession and gives them opportunity to serve people who are in most dire need of their knowledge and skills.

The National Legal Services Authority, or NALSA, was established in 1995 to set up legal aid clinics and coordinate their activities. In 1997, the legal education regulator, Bar Council of India (BCI), made the study of legal aid and having a clinic compulsory for every law college. The clinic must be overseen by a senior faculty member, have run by the final-year students of law.

The ILS Legal Aid Cell has been since its very inception organizing legal literacy and legal aid camps in neighbouring villages or slums. While traditionally legal aid tackled only the poorest and most marginalized. This would mean that while we do focus on those most in need, we do not ignore the concerns of the somewhat better off persons as regards specific issues such as consumer protection and the right to information etc.

The faculty and students in association with the District Legal Services Authorities organize legal literacy camps largely in rural and socio-economically backward areas and schools to inform the citizens about their legal rights, legal institutions and social-welfare legislations which are meant for their economic and social benefit. During the camp students under the supervision of faculties also lend advice to these clients having legal dispute or suffering from social, matrimonial or administrative abuse. They would assist the advocate appointed and also team up with local non-profits and lawyers. Community-members unable to pay for help would receive free legal assistance, fulfilling a Constitutional promise of free legal assistance and equality before the justice system. Students got valuable training and exposure to a variety of issues and could identify specific areas demanding legal attention.

Legal Aid Committee :

  • Dr. Sushil Kumar Singh - Convenor
  • Dr. Shashank Shekhar – Co-convenor
  • Dr. Devendra - Member
  • Ms. Medha Tiwari - Member

Student Convenors:

  • Rohan Mohanto
  • Mridul Bhatt
  • Shweta Shukla
  • Sakshi Shukla
  • S. A. Rishikesh

The membership for the students is given every year on the basis of their interest and initiative to take up social issues and volunteer to be part of the Cell.

Timings: Every Wednesday and Saturday from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.