CSJ Legal Fellowships

CSJ is calling for applications from qualified Indian advocates for a two-year Fellowship program. CSJ’s Fellowship Program is a two-year program that serves as an apprenticeship for young professionals. The program develops young advocates into leaders who have refined and practical professional skills, high standards of personal and professional ethics and a heart to serve the poor and disadvantaged.

Fellows will directly represent clients of sexual violence throughout criminal proceedings, advocating for their best interests starting at the police station till judgment. The position is based in Delhi, India and requires little if any travel outside the area.

Besides the practical experience of handling cases of sexual violence, Fellows receive training in:

Leadership development

  • Self awareness
  • Character development
  • Servant leadership
  • Professional ethics

Soft skills development

  • Communication and presentations
  • Time management

Professional skills development

  • Substantive, procedural and evidentiary law on crimes of sexual violence
  • Physical, emotional and psychological impact of rape
  • Negotiation and persuasion
  • Client interviewing
  • Witness preparation
  • Legal research and writing
  • Direct and cross-examination
  • Case management


  • Bachelor of Laws degree required, Master of Laws preferred
  • Registered with the Bar Council of India
  • Demonstrated commitment to the poor and vulnerable sections of society
  • Excellent comprehension of written and spoken English and Hindi
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in challenging, sometimes hostile, environments
  • Uncompromising insistence on truth, integrity and excellence in work
  • Persistent, bold, yet diplomatic, when standing up for client interests
  • Willingness to learn and stretch oneself beyond comfort levels
  • Willingness to respond to sexual violence cases at the police station at all times, including late night

Duration of Fellowship: Two years

Honorarium: During the first year, Fellows will receive an honorarium of Rs. 30,000 per month.  During the second year, the honorarium may increase based on merit.

Application deadline: Ongoing

Application process: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to engage@csjindia.org. CSJ will contact you shortly afterwards with further details if you meet the basic requirements.

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