Admissions

1. What are the application rounds for Daksha Fellowship?

Applications for Daksha Fellowship are open. We have four rounds:

Round 1 closes on 20th April 2020
Round 2 closes on 25th May 2020
Round 3 closes on 29th June 2020
Round 4 closes on 31st July 2020
Round 5 closes on 28th August 2020

2. Is there an upper age limit to apply?

No.

3. Is there an application fee?

No.

4. Who is eligible for Daksha Fellowship?

Any graduate of a five-year integrated program in law (e.g. B.A. LL.B, BBA LL.B, etc.) or a three-year non-integrated (LL.B) program in law is eligible to apply. Candidates in the final year of any such validly recognized program are also eligible to apply. All selected applicants will need to produce proof of graduation before commencement of classes.

5. What documents are needed at the time of submitting the online application?

Digital copies (PDF or JPG) of your Class 12 marksheet, your resume, and relevant degree certificate or transcripts up to the pre-final year are to be attached with your application.

6. Can a graduate with a foreign law degree apply?

Yes, if the degree is equivalent to an Indian LL.B. program (integrated or non-integrated). The Fellowship Admissions Committee will decide finally on all matters relating to eligibility.

7. What is the fellowship admission process?

There are 3 stages in the admission process:

I. Submission of the online application with the required documents
II. Taking Daksha Fellowship Admissions Test (DFAT), or submitting scores of LSAT-India or CLAT PG
III. Personal Interview

8. Is there an entrance exam to qualify for Daksha Fellowship?

Yes, you have to submit scores from any one of these entrance exams:

A. DFAT
B. LSAT-India
C. CLAT PG

Candidates who submit scores from DFAT will receive preference when being considered for tuition waiver.

9. Who should be contacted for queries on the online application system or if technical difficulties are encountered?

Please write to the Admissions Committee at admissions@dakshafellowship.org for assistance.

10. What is the total fee for Daksha Fellowship?

The fee structure for Daksha Fellowship 2020 is in the program brochure Brochure Link

11. Are there tuition waivers?

Up to 100% tuition waivers are available for deserving Daksha Fellows. Candidates opting for DFAT shall be given preference for full tuition waivers.

12. Where will personal interviews be conducted?

The interviews will be conducted in Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata subject to the evolving health situation in India. Candidates who are unable to attend the in-person interviews at these locations will be interviewed through video conference sessions.

13. What is Daksha Fellowship’s deferral policy?

Deferral is available only in exceptional situations, will be granted on a case-to-case basis, and is subject to the admission policies of the fellowship.

14. Can candidates provide admissions test scores after submitting the application?

Yes, in cases where candidates have opted for LSAT-India or CLAT PG as their admissions test of choice, but wish to apply for the fellowship before taking these admission tests.

15. What is the procedure to submit additional documents or rectify incorrect ones?

Please write to us at admissions@dakshafellowship.org quoting your application number and attach the relevant documents.

16. What is the criteria to avail full tuition fee waiver for Daksha Fellowship?

The Daksha Fellowship has been envisioned to ensure that no meritorious student is turned away based on their ability to pay. Keeping this in mind, all those students who apply in our early rounds will be considered for a full tuition fee waiver.

Daksha Fellowship Admissions Test

1. What is the procedure to take DFAT?

After you complete the application form, a link will be shared via email with instructions for taking the online exam. The link will be valid for a limited time. The online exam will be proctored. Please ensure that you have a good internet connection and a desktop/laptop with a webcam.

2. Is there a test fee?

No.

3. What is the test format?

DFAT has 60 questions on legal knowledge, legal application, verbal aptitude, quantitative aptitude, and logical reasoning. It is in multiple-choice format and there is a two-hour time limit for the entire test. The test has been designed to test your current understanding of the topics and no prior preparation is needed.

4. How many times can DFAT be attempted?

Only once. Candidates found to be taking DFAT more than once through multiple applications will be disqualified.

5. Why should candidates choose DFAT over other admissions tests?

Only candidates who take DFAT will be considered for full tuition waiver.

6. Is there any negative marking?

No.

7. How much should I prepare for Daksha Fellowship Admissions Test?

DFAT has two sections - legal and non-legal. The legal section has questions on legal knowledge and legal application. This will include but not be limited to questions on constitutional law, contract law, procedural law and criminal law. The non-legal section has questions on verbal aptitude, quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning. Quantitative aptitude will be based on Class X level with basic arithmetic topics like percentages, ratio and proportion, simple interest, discounts, speed and distance etc. The legal section is set in standards of CLAT PG level. For verbal aptitude, quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning, brush up the basics from any online source.

DFAT Sample Questions

Life at Daksha Fellowship

1. Is Daksha Fellowship a residential program?

Though a fully residential program, the safety, health and welfare of our students is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, in lieu of the ongoing pandemic, we have deferred the requirement of full residence till January 2021. To eliminate the risk and ambiguity, we are launching the program online and will revert to a residential or hybrid model in January 2021, based on then prevailing conditions.

2. What are the facilities in the student housing?

Every student will be provided with a wi-fi enabled, furnished air-conditioned room on a twin-sharing basis. Food will be arranged on a meal plan basis which students can sign up for.

3. What is the weather like in Chennai?

Chennai has clear blue skies throughout the year except during the monsoon months of October and November when the city receives the north-east monsoon rains. The hottest part of the year is late May to early June, with maximum temperatures in the 35–40 °C (95–104 °F) range. The coolest part of the year is January, with minimum temperatures in the range of 19–25 °C.

Academic Program and Courses

1. What is Daksha Fellowship?

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 has a contemporary curriculum formulated by internationally renowned faculty in collaboration with leading legal practitioners and industry experts.

2. What is the difference between a Fellowship and an LL.M. program?

An LL.M. program follows a conventional curriculum design and often fails to capture more recent advancements in the world around us. Similarly, it does not prepare students to sufficiently navigate their career paths. A Fellowship program, on the other hand, emphasizes on contemporary learning methodologies, collaboration through active participation, skill sets required for career advancement and above all, building up a community with shared values.

3. Does Daksha Fellowship offer specializations?

Yes. Daksha Fellowship will allow every student to specialize in one of the three fellowship pathways, namely: Technology Law and Policy; Law and Regulation; and Disputes Resolution.

  • 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.
4. What are pre-term courses?

Pre-term courses are designed to provide foundational knowledge to students who may not have a background in finance, accounting and statistics. Students are prepared with foundational knowledge to take on the load of their core courses. Pre-term courses have both online reading material and offline classroom teaching. The online courses will have to be completed before starting the Fellowship in Chennai, while the offline classes will be offered in the first few weeks of the program.

5. How many credits are needed to complete Daksha Fellowship?

A total of 39 credits are required to successfully complete the fellowship.

6. What is the global immersion component of the fellowship program?

All Daksha Fellows will visit one of our partner institutions for a ten-day global immersion program, where they will learn from the relevant legal, governmental and policy challenges of the visited country. Students will also interact with distinguished international visiting faculty through webinars and online interactive sessions.

7. Does the program have an internship? How is this useful?

All students are required to undertake a mandatory six to eight-week internship with a law firm, consulting firm,corporate or technology business firm. The internship will supplement the specialized skills and knowledge provided in the fellowship program. The internship will also enable students to understand practical challenges, issues and problems in the real world.

8. Who will teach the courses at Daksha Fellowship?

The faculty for Daksha Fellowship comprises of academics, researchers, core industry practitioners and consultants. You can find the list of faculty profiles here

9. What are the pedagogical innovations at Daksha Fellowship?

Daksha Fellowship will focus on active learning methodologies that involve ideation, discussion and engagement. Online learning and reliance on other interactive technologies catalyzes our pedagogic vision.

10. What are my career options after completing Daksha Fellowship?

Daksha Fellows can work in a variety of organizations after completing the program:

  • In a law firm or a business organization with comprehensive understanding of specialized laws, compliance, policy, and in-house legal work;
  • As a litigator, with a sound understanding of advanced dispute resolution practices and procedures;
  • In a law, policy research, teaching or consulting environment with potential to do advanced research, pursue doctoral studies, or produce research for industry and consulting organizations;
  • In not-for-profits or in non-law functions in any organizational setting
11. Is it possible for me to NOT choose a specialization or pathway in Daksha Fellowship?

No.

12. Will I be able to attend or audit courses which are not in the chosen fellowship pathway?

Yes.

13. Will there be campus placements?

Yes, the program will support campus placements for Daksha Fellows. The program is also designed to ensure adequate exposure to relevant organizations and eminent individuals for students to feel confident about their job prospects. Please note that we consider this aspect to be a part of long term career development versus finding the next job.

14. Who will award Daksha Fellowship?

Daksha Fellowship has been instituted by a group of prominent educationists and philanthropists. Upon successful completion, students will receive a certificate issued by a not-for-profit trust.

15. How can I attend courses which are not a part of my specialization?

You can audit such courses. This involves sitting in for the lectures but without the possibility of taking part in the evaluations or receiving any credits for such audited courses.

16. How is Daksha Fellowship useful if one wants to pursue a career in academia or research after the fellowship?

There are three aspects of a career in academia or research that Daksha Fellowship can equip you with. The first is a comprehensive specialization, ie. any one of our three distinct pathways, which is extremely useful when pursuing an academic career. The second is a set of skills - research methods, mathematical thinking, statistical analysis and data-driven decision making, presentation and communication, critical thinking - that can help position you as a cut above the rest when pursuing the world of ideas. The third is an extremely rigorous orientation to public policy and non-legal domains, which helps provide more clarity and direction on the appropriate discipline in which higher education may be pursued.

17. What are boot camps in Daksha Fellowships?

Bootcamps will run throughout the year and will offer targeted and quality learning outcomes. These intensive experiences are meant to encourage training in emerging legal, policy and skills areas and will be hosted by industry practitioners and think-tanks.

18. What is the class size at Daksha Fellowship?

The founding batch of Daksha Fellowship is expected to have an upper limit of 120 students.

19. Is there a way to be a part-time Daksha Fellow?

No. The Daksha Fellowship is a full time program

20. Is there placement support at Daksha Fellowship?

Yes, the program will support campus placements for Daksha Fellows. The program is also designed to ensure adequate exposure to relevant organizations and eminent individuals for students to feel confident about their job prospects. Please note that we consider this aspect to be a part of long term career development versus finding the next job.

21. When will classes begin?

The start date is postponed to Monday, 28 September 2020. The pre-term will commence by mid-August with our online (pre-term) courses on finance, accounting and statistics. These will be a combination of reading materials, recorded videos and some remote lectures by our faculty.

22. Will each fellowship pathway be restricted to a limited number of students?

There is no restriction on the number of Daksha Fellows pursuing a particular fellowship pathway.

23. How will the Work and Well-being lab be useful for students?

The Work and Well-being Lab (WoWeL) is a unique personality-oriented lab that focuses on equipping students to handle their own selves in the external world. WoWeL, with its specially designed modules, will help students align their professional careers with personal well-being, enabling them to successfully manage, thrive and belong in this world of work.

24. How will the communication lab be useful for students?

The communication lab is a speech, writing and presentation skills laboratory that will train students to convey their ideas clearly in legal, business and policy settings. The lab will be run by a team of experts from academia, journalism and legal practice.

25. What are the course lists for each fellowship pathway?

All Daksha fellows will do the following core courses:-

Research Methods; Public Policy; Data and Decisions; Finance for Lawyers; Accounting for Lawyers

Daksha fellows who pursue the Technology Law and Policy Pathway shall additionally learn the following:-

Public Law, Technology and Governance (cross-listed); Data Protection; Telecommunications Law (cross-listed); Information Technology Act; Media Law; Taxation in the Digital Economy; Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age; Cybercrimes and Cyber-security; Competition Laws and M&A (cross-listed); Technology Transactions (bootcamp); Regulation of Emerging Technologies (bootcamp)

Daksha fellows who pursue the Law and Regulation Pathway shall additionally learn the following:-

Telecommunications Law (cross-listed); Evolution of the Indian Regulatory State; Competition Laws and M&A (cross-listed); Public Law, Technology and Governance (cross-listed); Banking and Insurance; Regulation and Administration; Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Environmental Regulations; Energy and Infrastructure; Real Estate (bootcamp); Food safety and standards (bootcamp)

Daksha fellows who pursue the Disputes Resolution Pathway shall additionally learn the following:-

Public Law and Lawyering; Arbitration; Procedure; Commercial Litigation; Public Law, Technology and Governance (cross-listed); Human Element in Disputes; Criminal Litigation; Mediation and Conciliation; Remedies; Legal Aid and Environmental Action (bootcamp); Legaltech and Online Dispute Resolution (bootcamp)

26. Will there be an orientation?

A virtual orientation program shall be conducted for all Daksha Fellows, running through the first week from the start date. Our events and programs shall introduce you to the rich academic, social, and cultural life at Daksha, and help you get to know your fellow learners better. More details will be shared with selected candidates.

27. How will classes be taught/conducted?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Daksha will deliver the first three terms (September to December 2020) remotely (online), ensuring that the expected learning outcomes of the program are achieved. All classes are planned to commence from 28 September 2020, but at-distance. Our faculty and academic advisors have brought together advanced pedagogic tools and learning management systems to deliver the richly textured curriculum, thereby aiming to make this fellowship a transformational experience for you.

28. When will the program conclude?

The inaugural cohort will graduate by August 2021.

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