Justice Leila Seth Fellowship


“ A change in law can be brought about by a forward-thinking government; or by popular demand; or through social action litigation. The change in mindset, though, is a slower and more difficult process; and for this to take place education and openness are essential. "

Justice Leila Seth (1930-2017)

The Justice Leila Seth Fellowship invites lawyers committed to social justice to be part of a community that works to preserve the rights and dignity of all people.

The Justice Leila Seth Fellowship draws together a cohort of lawyers to enhance their legal education in an environment that nurtures integrity, professional development and network building. Selected Fellows join a wider movement committed to social justice while working at iProbono’s Delhi office, with secondments to partner organisations in India. The Fellowship is full-time, and Fellows are paid a competitive monthly salary that can support them adequately to live in Delhi.

In her long and remarkable career, Justice Leila Seth carved a legacy far greater than the sum of her many parts. She was a visionary not only in her approach to the law, but in all aspects of social justice. The first woman to top the Bar exam of England & Wales in 1958, the first woman judge in the Delhi High Court, and the first woman Chief Justice of a State High Court (Himachal Pradesh). Her chosen path was to bring the ideals of the Constitution of India to life. While Justice Seth believed in the power of legal literacy to raise rights awareness, she knew that the law is a springboard; it is people and movements that bring change.


  • August 21, 2023

    Call for applications

  • September 22, 2023

    Submit the application including CV and cover letter

  • October 6, 2023

    First shortlist of candidates

  • October 12, 2023

    Round 1 interviews for shortlisted candidates will begin

  • October 20, 2023

    Second shortlist of candidates announced

  • October 30, 2023

    Round 2 virtual interview with the Selection Committee will begin

  • November 6, 2023

    Announcement of the Justice Leila Seth Fellows

  • December 4, 2023

    Start Date