With the aim to expand access to legal education in India, the Law School Admission Council-Global (LSAC Global) has announced merit scholarships for students who would appear for LSAT-India 2021, which is to be administered in March and June.
The Shamnad Basheer Access to Justice Scholarship is based on an essay competition among LSAT-India test takers.
This year’s topic is “How might the introduction of artificial intelligence in the legal profession mitigate bias, increase access to justice, and promote diversity in the society.”
Interested students need to write an essay arguing for or against the topic and send in their entry by June 15, 2021.
Each essay will be judged on originality, relevance to topic, comprehensiveness, structure, analysis, understanding, interpretation, and conclusions regarding diversity in the legal profession.
Each scholarship entitles the winners to receive an award of up to Rs 4 lakhs which will cover their tuition and boarding/hostel fees for the first year of the five-year law program at any LSAC Global Law Alliance college.
Any unutilised amount from the first year would be rolled over to the subsequent year. For more information and the terms and conditions of these scholarships, please visit the website.
The scholarship was instituted by LSAC Global last year to honor the memory of Professor Dr. Shamnad Basheer.
Vice President of Emerging Markets at LSAC, Yusuf Abdul-Kareem said,
“Through these scholarships, LSAC Global (LSAG) looks forward to opening doors and providing increased opportunities for talented students and law school aspirants in India, thus carrying on our mission to promote diversity, access, and equity in legal education.”
In the last three years, LSAC Global has also awarded the Topper Scholarship to the student who achieves the best score in the LSAT exam.