The Daksha Fellowship

Technology Law and Policy: This pathway, through a range of practically oriented courses, equips fellows to grapple with the vocabulary of emerging tech such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, cryptocurrencies, synthetic datasets and automated content moderation, the impact that each of these and others have on law and policy making, the role of a lawyer in these settings, and an overall understanding of digital technologies vis a vis law through short modules on legaltech, regtech and coding for lawyers.

Disputes and Regulatory Practice: The legal services sector has witnessed significant changes on account of the evolving nature of disputes resolution, coupled with the rise of the regulatory State. While private disputes are increasingly resolved through autonomous and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, procedural innovations such as commercial courts and online dispute resolution methods are redefining the skills needed for an effective litigator. This pathway will provide a practical understanding of disputes resolution in private settings as well the regulatory context. The pathway will look at the complementarity of the private dispute resolution processes with the formal dispute resolution institutions and processes.

As the regulatory context is closely tied with a deep conceptual understanding of regulation, the pathway will also equip fellows to grapple with the very idea of regulation.

Skill Enhancement

Daksha Labs

Daksha, meaning abilities and skills, is the philosophy that permeates every activity at the Fellowship. The skillset pillar of the fellowship is advanced through specially curated labs, in addition to the mandatory internship and learning bootcamps. These labs mould Daksha fellows into well-rounded and versatile individuals.

Work and Well-being Lab (WoWeL): WoWeL is a unique, thoughtfully designed initiative to prepare young lawyers to develop personal effectiveness skills while at the same time equipping them to take care of their own mental and emotional well-being. This specially designed curriculum has been formulated keeping the Delta-model of lawyering in mind and encompasses components such as critical thinking, mindfulness, storytelling, leadership skills, minimalism, poetry for professionals, dance movement therapy, and animal therapy.

Communication Lab: The Communication Lab aims to enhance writing and speaking skills in diverse professional contexts (legal, business and policy) and for diverse audiences (technical and non-technical). It is activity driven and is designed to teach how to write academic papers, policy briefs, op-eds and e-mails, as also to speak in professional settings.

Bootcamps: Bootcamps are intensive learning modules designed to encourage practical and hands-on training in legal, policy and skill-based areas. They are hosted by eminent industry practitioners and think tanks. With targeted and quality learning outcomes as their objective, these bootcamps usually happen over a period of three to five days.

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

  • Fundamentals of Public Law
  • Fundamentals of Private Law
  • Public Policy
  • Finance and Accounting for Lawyers
  • Workshop on MS Excel, MS PowerPoint
  • Research Methods
  • Foundations of Data and Statistics

Expertise

Technology Law and Policy
  • Data Protection
  • Telecom Law and Regulatory Architecture
  • Information Technology Act and Cybercrimes
  • Media Law
  • Taxation in the Digital Economy
  • Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age
  • Emerging Technologies and Legaltech
  • Investments and Transactions in the Technology Sector
Disputes and Regulatory Practice
  • Foundations of Dispute Resolution
  • Procedure and Evidence
  • Remedies
  • The Regulatory State
  • Corporate Governance
  • Competition Law and M&A
  • Three specialized clusters
    • Advanced Disputes cluster
    • Infrastructure and Sustainability cluster
    • Corporate and Financial cluster

Skillset

  • WoWeL
  • Communication Lab
  • Bootcamps

Why Daksha?

  • 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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    Dedicated career support and mentoring

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    Up to 100% tuition waivers