In line with Maslow’s pyramid (the “hierarchy of needs”), our goal will be to help each of the IDIA scholars ‘self actualise’ to the best extent possible.
In particular, we seek to create CHAMPS: lawyers with certain attributes as detailed below. Our project is therefore titled the CHAMPS project. Each of these attributes are explored in turn.
Creativity is no longer an option but is an absolute prerequisite for any legal professional that wishes to make a difference to society. Indeed, some of the most pressing disputes today require the fashioning of creative solutions. IDIA scholars and volunteers will be encouraged to unleash their creativity as best as possible through their tenure at law school and thereafter.
IDIA scholars will be encouraged to become holistic in their orientation towards redressing the various problems plaguing society. The law will be seen as only one of the tools in one’s box with which to fix the problem. It will be a means to an end, and not the end itself. To this extent, scholars will be encouraged to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to most issues requiring resolution.
IDIA wishes to create a breed of lawyers who are sensitized to the various inequities facing society and will do their best to help redress them in a compassionate manner. Indeed, IDIA will strive to imbibe in its scholars the highest ideal that a lawyer can hope for, namely the propensity to completely efface his own self for the sake of another. This lies at the core of altruism, a virtue that will be sought to be drawn out from within each of the scholars that IDIA trains.
For various reasons, the standard conception of a lawyer in popular culture is that of a greedy, self-serving, callous, money-grabbing and unsympathetic professional. While some in the profession do give cause to create this impression, others stand for the highest levels of integrity and honesty. We aim to build the best of these traits in our scholars as well.
P roblem Solvers
IDIA scholars and volunteers would be encouraged to become legal solutioners rather than legal gladiators out to fight and win at any cost. The idea is to generate a new breed of lawyers that are not necessarily wedded to hostility and a win at any cost, but committed to creative solutions predicated on compassion and love.
Specific training programmes including techniques in alternative dispute resolution will be explored.
Cultivating the attributes
The above attributes will be sought to be instilled in scholars through their tenure at law school. It bears noting that one cannot expect these attributes to emerge overnight from discrete programmes. Rather, they have to be ingrained as a way of life. To the extent that they could help, specific programmes would be undertaken to help cultivate this.