The Legal Aid Society
- NUJS- FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Legal Aid? Is it free?
Legal Aid is the provision of legal assistance
to those persons who are otherwise unable to
access the legal system through various means.
Our activities include:
Part IV Entry II of the Bar Council of India
Rules on Legal Education makes it mandatory for
all 5 year law programmes to have a functional
Legal Aid Clinic. The Legal Aid Society at NUJS
is set up pursuant to this provision.
- Client counseling;
- Conducting legal awareness camps in rural as
well as urban areas;
- Preparation and publication of legal-aid
- Arranging workshops for various functionaries
of the legal systems such as lawyers, students,
Non-Governmental organizations and Government
- Carrying out field surveys;
- Conducting Adult Literacy Classes for the
non-teaching staff of the University;
- Conducting street-plays on socio-legal issues.
The legal counseling services provided by us are
completely free of cost. Our role however, is
restricted to counseling and we do not appear
before any court or tribunals but may be able to
assist you in finding a suitable lawyer to argue
your matter before such a body if the need so
So, then where do the funds come from?
The University has earmarked an annual budget
for its Legal Aid Services which are channelized
through the Legal Aid Society. Certain events
which the Society organizes in conjunction with
Governmental bodies and / or Non-Governmental
Organisations, are funded partly or fully by
How is the Legal Aid Society different from
State Legal Aid Services Authority?
The State Legal Services Authority is a
statutory body under S.6, of the Legal Services
Authority Act, 1987. This comprises of a panel
of lawyers who will argue your case before the
The NUJS Legal Aid Society on the other hand is
a non-statutory body which has been set up by
the University and is run by the students under
the guidance of our faculty members. Although we
do not have a panel of lawyers to argue your
case, we may be able to help you to find a
lawyer for your case.
Who can avail Legal Aid Counseling Services?
The free legal counseling service is aimed
primarily towards those who are financially
incapable of approaching a lawyer for legal
What role do students play in Legal Aid
The students play a critical role in the Legal
Aid Society such as contacting lawyers,
Non-Governmental Organisations and maintaining a
working relationship with other law colleges,
conducting awareness camps, organizing other
events such as seminars & conferences as well as
doing research-work for projects undertaken by
the Society. The faculty members play an
advisory role in all these activities.
What is Legal Aid Counseling?
Legal Aid Counseling is where a client who is
unable to approach a good lawyer due to
financial difficulties approaches the Legal Aid
Society with his case. An experienced faculty
member or a lawyer who conducts the Legal
Counseling Sessions addresses the queries of the
client. Students from the University may at
times be researchers for this faculty member or
lawyer. The counseling is strictly of an
advisory nature and the Society does not appear
in court for arguing the case of the client. The
counseling is completely free of cost.
What is e-Legal Aid Clinic?
e-Legal Aid Clinic is a new initiative of the
Society which is directed at reaching out to
those who cannot reach the Legal Aid Society
physically. All you need to do is send your
legal query to us at and we shall get back to
you within a reasonable time. Strict
confidentiality will be maintained.
What if I am not from West Bengal?
Since the University is located in West Bengal,
most of the matters for legal counseling deal
with local laws of West Bengal. The counseling
activities therefore are restricted only to West
Bengal. We are however open to conduct other
activities of the Legal Aid Society outside West
Bengal subject to there being a sufficient
resources for the same.
Can I contribute to the society's activities
in any manner?
You can contribute either as a volunteer for our
activities or as a donor. As a volunteer, you
can participate in various programmes conducted
by the University. To register yourself as a
volunteer, contact us. Monetary donations to the
University shall be deductable under s. 80-G of
the Income Tax Act.
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