Daksha Fellowship is India’s first law, policy and business fellowship program for young and mid-career lawyers, public policy professionals and other graduates with a background in law. The Fellowship is a one-year program with a contemporary curriculum formulated by internationally renowned faculty in collaboration with leading legal practitioners and industry experts.

The innovative pedagogy for the program — which includes workshops, labs and bootcamps — has been conceptualized to equip scholars with specialized knowledge through a combination of legal and non-legal courses. By combining academic rigor with top-notch curriculum design, industry exposure and global engagement, the Fellowship will enable young lawyers to hone their abilities and skills to succeed in an increasingly digital world.

Advisors

KV Ramani

Chairman & Managing Director, Digital Holdings

Dr Pramath Raj Sinha

Founding Dean, Indian School of Business

Dr Jamshed Bharucha

President Emeritus, Cooper Union
Former Provost & Senior Vice President, Tufts University

Justice MN Venkatachaliah

Former Chief Justice of India
Padma Vibhushan awardee

NR Narayana Murthy

Co-founder and Former Chairperson, Infosys
Padma Vibhushan awardee

Dr Anil Kakodkar

Former Chairperson, Atomic Energy Commission of India Padma Vibhushan awardee

Ashank Desai

Co-founder & Former Chairperson, Mastek
Founder member & ex-President, NASSCOM

Savita Mahajan

Independent Director, Aurobindo Pharma
Former Deputy Dean, Indian School of Business

Mohandas Pai

Chairman, Manipal Global Education
Former Director, Infosys

Balasubramanyam Sriram

Director, ICICI Bank
Director, TVS Credit Services

Sriram Panchu

Senior Advocate, Madras High Court
Director, International Mediation Institute

M K Santhanaraman

Chartered Accountant
Fellow Member of ICAI, Member of ICSI

Ramamurthi Bhaskaran

Managing Director,
Shraddha Saburi Printers

Amidst tectonic shifts in the nature of the workplace, social and economic order, and technological capabilities, Daksha Fellowship aims to empower students by bridging the gaps between the world of learning and the world of work.

KV Ramani

Founder

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The Daksha Fellowship

Daksha is the first law fellowship in India to offer sector-specific specializations. Students can opt to specialize in:

Technology Law and Policy: In addition to general courses like data protection, cybercrimes and intellectual property law, this pathway will provide sectoral exposure to areas like telecommunications, financial technologies and social media.

Law and Regulation: This pathway will provide a conceptual understanding of regulation and sectoral insights on key regulatory domains like energy and infrastructure, food and the green economy.

Disputes Resolution: This pathway will provide a comprehensive and conceptual understanding of emerging areas in dispute resolution such as arbitration, mediation and conciliation.

Application Deadlines

Round 1 closes

Monday, 20 April 2020

Round 2 closes

Monday, 25 May 2020

Round 3 closes

Monday, 29 June 2020

Round 4 closes

Monday, 27 July 2020

Pre-term courses

17 August 2020

Program starts

Monday, 28 September 2020

Candidates selected for the inaugural cohort of Daksha Fellowship shall
receive full tuition waivers

Skill Enhancement

Daksha, meaning abilities and skills, is the philosophy that permeates every activity at the Fellowship. The skill enhancement component of the fellowship program prepares all candidates to become well-rounded and holistic individuals.

Work and Well-being Lab: A unique personality-oriented lab that focuses on equipping students to successfully manage, thrive and belong in the world of work.

Communication Lab: A speech, writing and presentation skills laboratory that will train students to convey their ideas clearly in legal, business and policy settings.

Bootcamps: These will be organized during the program to ensure cutting-edge, high-impact training in relevant legal, policy and skills areas. They will be hosted by industry practitioners and think-tanks.

Global Immersion: Students will visit one of our partner universities for a 10-day period to understand legal, governmental and policy challenges within a foreign jurisdiction.

Professional Advancement

All Daksha Fellows will undertake a mandatory eight-week internship with law firms, corporate organizations, think tanks, and not-for-profits. Every individual will be mentored by a dedicated career development team. Upon graduation, students will be equipped to pursue a successful career in:

  • Advisory and regulatory practise;
  • Technology law and policy consulting;
  • Litigation and dispute resolution;
  • More general roles that demand an interdisciplinary outlook

Program Structure

Knowledge

  • Research Methods
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Business for Lawyers
  • Data and Decisions
  • Public Policy and Governance

Expertise

Technology Law
and Policy
  • Data Protection
  • Governance of Emerging Technologies
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Regulation of the Digital Economy
Law and
Regulation
  • Regulation Theory
  • Corporate Governance
  • Competition Law and Mergers
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Social Rights Legislation
Disputes
Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation and Conciliation
  • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal and Commercial Litigation
  • Human Element in Disputes

Skillset

  • Bootcamps
  • Communication Lab
  • Work and Wellbeing Lab (WoWeL)
The Daksha Fellowship aims to select candidates who meet the following requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in law from a recognized Indian institution, or a degree considered equivalent to the LL.B. program (integrated or non-integrated) from an international university. Students pursuing their final year of law and are expected to graduate before the program start date can also apply
  • Exemplary record of academic and extracurricular achievements
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Scores from one of the entrance exams – Daksha Fellowship Admissions Test, CLAT PG or LSAT-India

Why Daksha?

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India’s first fellowship for lawyers

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Course design and delivery by renowned faculty

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Experiential learning through workshops, labs, bootcamps

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Internships at leading organizations

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Global immersion for international perspectives

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Dedicated career support and mentoring

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Up to 100% tuition waivers

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Technological advances and economic trends are propelling significant change in the legal and regulatory environment. It is becoming increasingly important for legal professionals to not only keep abreast of new developments but also acquire a variety of new skills and critical thinking capabilities.

Dr Ananth Padmanabhan

Dean - Academic Affairs

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Ananth Padmanabhan

S.J.D, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia
LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), National Law School of India University, Bangalore
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Madhav Khosla

Ph.D. (Political Theory), Harvard University, Cambridge
LL.M., Yale Law School, New Haven
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), National Law School of India University, Bangalore
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Suchithra Menon

Ph.D., National Law School of India University, Bangalore
LL.M., National Law School of India University, Bangalore
B.A. LL.B., University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
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Shiju MV

Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
M. Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
LL.M., Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin
B.A. LL.B., Government Law College, Kottayam
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Anirudh Krishnan

BCL, University of Oxford, Oxford
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
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Deva Prasad M

Ph.D. (Law), National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
LL.M., National Law School of India University, Bangalore, B.Com
B.Com LL.B (Hons), Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
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Mahesh Menon

LL.M., National Law School of India University, Bangalore
B.A LL.B. (Hons), National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Cochin
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Raeesa Vakil

J.S.D (in progress), Yale Law School, New Haven
LL.M., Yale Law School, New Haven
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
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NS Nappinai

LL.M., Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
B.L., University of Madras, Chennai
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Anirudh Burman

LL.M., Harvard Law School, Harvard University, Cambridge
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
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Suhrith Parthasarathi

M.S. Journalism, Columbia University, New York
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
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Aparna Asokan

LL.M., New York University School of Law, New York
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
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Abhishek Chakravarthy

LL.M., National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
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Sudhir Ravindran

Ph.D. Intellectual Property Risk Management, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
LL.M. International Economic Law, University of Warwick, Coventry
LL.B, Bangalore University, Bangalore
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Chitra Narayan

Masters of Laws, University of Warwick, Coventry [Chevening Scholar]
B.A. LL.B. (Hons), National Law School of India University, Bangalore
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Nikhil Narendran

B.A. LL.B. (Hons), National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
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Karthik Sundaram

LL.B., ILS Law College, Pune
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Sahil Deo

M.P.P., Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
B.E. (Comp. Sc.), Savitribai Phule University of Pune, Pune
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Justice BN Srikrishna

Former Judge, Supreme Court of India
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Dr Madhav Khosla

Ambedkar Visiting Associate Professor, Columbia Law School
Associate Professor, Ashoka University
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Sriram Panchu

Senior Advocate, Madras High Court
Director, International Mediation Institute
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Arvind Datar

Senior Advocate, Madras High Court
Director, Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre
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Rahul Matthan

Partner, Trilegal
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Dr Vikramaditya Khanna

William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
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Justice G Raghuram

Former Judge, High Court of Andhra Pradesh
Director, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal
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Dr Kamala Sankaran

Former Vice Chancellor, TNNLU
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
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Dr Jamshed Bharucha

President Emeritus, Cooper Union
Former Provost & Senior Vice President, Tufts University

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