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Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA)

10 July 2015

Top secret document revealed by HNLU 3 years agoThe Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) founding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was publicly disclosed by HNLU Raipur in 2012, three years before CLAT 2015 convenor RMLNLU Lucknow claimed exemption under Right to Information (RTI) for the same MoU.

06 July 2015

RTI response

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2015 convenor RMLNLU Lucknow claimed secrecy for the three CLAT memorandums of understanding (MoU) signed between national law universities (NLU) since 2007.

17 October 2014

IDIA diversity initiative scholar and NUJS Kolkata third-year student Shivam was selected to represent the law school at the 12th William C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, after he secured the third rank in NUJS’ intra university moot selection rounds.

Having represented NUJS at the 24th Manfred Lachs Space moot last year Shivam was lauded on the IDIA’s website as “one of the most promising IDIA Scholars”.

IDIA has requested for sponsorship for him since the expenses for his participation at the moot, which is scheduled for 15 March, will run up to an estimated Rs 1,50,000.

11 April 2014

Singapore carrotInternational law firm O’Melveny & Myers (OMM) has committed to select one intern per year from a pool of law students volunteering for the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) initiative.

06 February 2014

Shamnad Basheer The Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) initiative, which seeks to encourage law students from non-traditional backgrounds to join national law schools, is looking to move into a next growth phase.

30 January 2014

Madhurima Mukherjee Former Luthra & Luthra capital markets head Madhurima Mukherjee has been assisting the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) legal education NGO in formalising and scaling up operations, since she quit the law firm five months ago.

09 September 2013

vqf3iekfA Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2012 examinee lost out on a Nalsar Hyderabad seat due to a mistake in last year’s question paper, the Delhi high court has held.

05 June 2013

CLAT complaints Six Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2013 LLB aspirants have alleged mistakes in the allotment list.

09 April 2013

Gearing up for law early 11th-standard students in 200 Indian schools may have “legal studies” as an elective subject option academic year 2013-14 onwards.

06 June 2012

Eager legal eagles all ears in Sikkim11 out of 40 students coached for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2012 by the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) free coaching program, made it to six NLUs in the first admission lists this year, including NLSIU Bangalore, NUJS Kolkata and NLU Jodhpur.

The undergraduate educational expenses of four out of the 11 successful IDIA scholars are completely covered by the programme.

13 October 2011

The IDIA diversity initiative’ second national aptitude test (I-NAT) has scaled up to 19 test centres, aiming to reach more than 400 schools across the country to select students from non-traditional backgrounds to take the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) and enter top national law schools.

16 June 2011

Diversity-Sikkim-class Eleven students out of 50 trained by the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) program have been selected to join various national law universities (NLUs).

23 March 2011

The Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) project is offering free preparation courses for the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) to 1,000 students with limited financial means across 12 cities.

09 September 2010

Akshima Sarathi, a 4th year student of NALSAR, Hyderabad has won the cash prize of rupees 3 lacs for the 'most legally reasoned' student award.

OK Stop! This was false news (with balls?).

Anyway, if legal reasoning is your forte and if you liked playing with the LST's legal reasoning module, the IDIA (increasing diversity by increasing access to legal education) project has a competition for you. 

What does IDIA do: IDIA teams go to schools in rural and poor regions of India; select the bright students interested in law and then train them for CLAT. Training requires good quality coaching material and hence IDIA needs some really good, tough and creative legal reasoning questions.

Here is the competition:

Make 10 superlative legal reasoning questions by 20th of September and send them to Sahana Manjesh at

You can even work as a team.
Lets see who wins: Will it be the team from NLSIU/NUJS? Or a team from the upcoming RGNLU/RMLNLU? Or will it be YOU? It could even be a CLAT aspirant! Or maybe a law firm partner?

The three best set of questions will win Rupees 3000/-, 2000/- and 1000/- respectively. Also, you get all the attention of the legal industry for being the most legally reasoned person.


See the details here.


01 September 2010

Ashish Alexander, a 2nd year law student at NUJS, Kolkata has won the IDIA Logo Designing Competition. Not only has Ashish given IDIA, its emblem; he has in the process also won the prize money of 5000/-. IDIA congratulates Ashish on his superlative effort.

Here is the idea behind the IDIA logo:
“The Light bulb in the picture stands for the light of education and the flame of creativity. From this light springs forth various underprivileged IDIA students who graduate as lawyers. Their different colours represent the diversity of India.”

A big thank you is also due to all the law students, lawyers, law firmites, legal academicians and others who sent in their entries. The entries were diverse in content and style and the democratic short-listing of entries, done by the IDIA core team was a very difficult task indeed. Entries were received from as far as the US with some participants sending more than two entries. Thank you again for your commitment.

We will also be showcasing the other brilliant logo entries which narrowly missed out from winning this competition. Stay tuned.

PS- We have also announced our first
Legal Reasoning Question Making Competition. The three best set of questions will win 3000/-, 2000/- and 1000/- respectively.
This is what Prof. Shamnad Basheer's FB status had to say about this competition: "Are you good at legal reasoning? (or do you think the term itself is an oxymoron, since there is no reason in the law). Can you frame complicated questions that many would take years to answer? If so, this competition is just for you. Pit your legal brains and your creative juices against the very best"!

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