CLAT and AILET Application Fees: An Urgent Appeal


IDIA Trainees—that is, underprivileged students who have been selected by IDIA for training—have been working hard, some of them for over one or two years. In another 2 months, these IDIA Trainees will be appearing for the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) and the AILET (All India Law Entrance Test), which determine the admissions to the various NLUs (National Law Universities).

Unfortunately, most of these Trainees come from such financial backgrounds that even paying the application fees for the CLAT and AILET is onerous. With application fees for the CLAT set at around Rs. 4,000 and for the AILET at Rs. 3,000 for most applicants, this is a substantial burden on the disenfranchised and is a substantial obstacle to their dream of accessing quality legal education .

Fortunately, in the last few years, our well-wishers have contributed generously to help our Trainees take a shot at achieving their dreams. We are hopeful that many you will come forward again to support another set of our Trainees to secure admissions to institutions that many of you have benefited from.

We have over 35 Trainees who will be appearing for both these examinations, and need to raise around Rs. 2,50,000/- (Rupees Two Lakh Fifty Thousand) immediately to cover these application fees.

These trainees hail from all parts of India—from the north-eastern states of Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland to the remote villages of Jalore, Rajasthan, from the backward district of Medak, Telangana to the village of Sidhuwal in Punjab—and come from families of poor farmers, labourers, and belong to underprivileged and marginalised communities.
Please see below for the profile of one of our Trainees, Usha Bage, who will be appearing for the CLAT and AILET this year. Her profile is representative of the various IDIA Trainees who come from similar underprivileged backgrounds.

Usha Bage hails from Lalgutwa, a small village which is located in the outskirts of Ranchi. She belongs to a tribal family of five, comprising four sisters and her mother. She lost her father to illness at a young age. Her mother is the only bread-earner of the family, but constantly encourages her daughters to keep up with their studies. Usha has just completed her 12th Standard exams and is eagerly waiting the results. Before IDIA conducted a sensitisation session at her school, she had no knowledge about law, law schools, or a career in law. The sensitisation session has made her extremely keen to study law and build a career as a lawyer. Usha draws her inspiration from her mother, who works extremely hard to ensure that her daughters do not stop their studies despite the numerous obstacles they face.

Please contribute generously to enable IDIA Trainees to appear for these exams and take their first step towards a brighter future by securing admissions to the top law schools in India.

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