India is a diverse country which has numerous challenges and one such challenge remains the idea of access to justice for all. The idea also finds its place in Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 which provides to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Even though there are various schemes, policies and legislations in place that lays importance to the problematics attached with proving access to justice for all, the resources allocated and the design of the schemes are not reaching out to the poor and the intended beneficiaries. Amidst all this, the role of law schools stems up as they usually are equipped with the resources and infrastructure enough to contribute towards the problem of access to justice for all. The mechanisms of providing access to justice for all is already at place with the establishment of statutory authorities such as National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) along with its counterparts, District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) but the ever-growing challenges of fair legal representation requires the growth of new institutions to undertake the task of access to justice for all. Since the idea of law is symmetrical to the notions of justice and fairness, the legal community of India, owes a professional responsibility towards the large sections of society to contribute towards legal aid and welfare. In furtherance of this mission statement, the University has established Lawyers’ Incubation Clinic (hereinafter referred to as “LIC”) which plays a pivotal role in delivery of benefits and resources to the marginalised people, particularly towards those sections of the society those who may be termed as subalterns and are beyond the eyes of law.
The various services rendered by the Lawyers’ Incubation Clinic of the University are:
It is important that access to justice for all remains the vision of the society at large and LIC breathes the same air and constantly thrives to achieve the same. It is imperative for all law schools to align themselves in line of being termed as a “strong institution” within the framework of Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 to meet the larger goal of social justice.Author Mr Alaukik Shrivastava, Assistant Professor