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IDIA law school diversity initiative comes of age, details ET feature

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) grows up, reports the Times, about the organisation that now has 500 volunteers in 18 cities, which has trained 200 students and helped 83 gain admittance to law schools:

For, Annamalai, currently a fourth-year student at the prestigious National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata, has accepted an offer from law firm AZB & Partners at a salary of over Rs 80,000. While her story is a heart-warming testimony to the transformative power of education, it is also not as simple as that of an underprivileged girl working hard till she achieved her dream.

There are multiple obstacles in the way of that dream, ranging from the average fees of Rs 2 lakh a year at national law universities, to the Rs 30,000 that law school entrance coaching institutes charge, to the emphasis on fluency in English and the social capital that is often needed to get an internship.

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