Law schools launch NRC legal aid clinic

Law schools across India launched a collaborative legal aid clinic on Tuesday for people excluded from the updated National Register Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

The clinic, named Parichay (Identity) and with headquarters in Guwahati, is envisaged to function as a “clearing house of litigation and research assistance for lawyers filing appeals against exclusion from the NRC”.

The institutes include Assam’s National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), the Kolkata-based West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Hyderabad’s National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Delhi’s National Law University and National Law University of Odisha.

Other law schools are in the process of formalising their collaboration with Parichay, a statement said.

“Parichay will assist lawyers in drafting appeals, conduct research on pertinent questions of the law, assist in training lawyers and paralegals, and generate documentation on the functioning of Foreigners’ Tribunals,” it said.