Job as Associate (Litigation) at Project 39A, NLU Delhi

apply by: 20th Dec,2022
Job as Associate (Litigation) at Project 39A, NLU Delhi

About Project 39A:

Project 39A (hereinafter ‘P39A’) draws inspiration from Article 39-A in the Indian Constitution on equal justice and signals the broadening of our work on the criminal justice system in India. We undertake litigation, research and outreach relating to forensics, torture, legal aid, mental health and criminal justice, and death penalty (for more information on P39A, visit

About the Initiative

Project 39A provides pro bono legal assistance to prisoners sentenced to death across the country. The Project also represents prisoners who are challenging the rejection of their mercy petitions by the Governor or the President. Additionally, the Project is involved in strategic litigation aimed at challenging procedural and substantive aspects of the criminal justice system for the realization of the constitutional rights of prisoners sentenced to death.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Draft criminal appeals, review petitions, writ petitions, applications, rejoinders, mercy petitions and other legal documents.

  • Brief and assist senior advocates and advocates on record.

  • Devise legal strategy and arguments for cases handled by Project 39A and carry out related research.

  • Visit prisons across India to conduct detailed interviews with prisoners sentenced to death, and their families as part of developing legal strategies in particular cases.

  • Regularly communicate with prison authorities to obtain case-specific information and documents.

  • Present the work of Project 39A at appropriate fora.

  • Contribute to the research and strategic efforts at Project 39A as and when required.

  • Organize training workshops and conferences.

  • Any other work that may be necessary to further the aims of Project 39A.


The compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Essential Qualifications

Graduate with an LLB degree and enrolment with any State Bar Council.

Other Requirements

  • Those with full-time criminal litigation experience of two years or more at the appellate stage will be given preference.

  • The ability to read/ write/ speak different Indian languages will be preferred but is not mandatory.

  • This is a full-time position based in Delhi.

Application Process

Interested persons may send their résumé and a statement of purpose, explaining their interest in representing prisoners sentenced to death and the contribution that they see themselves making through this position. The statement of purpose must not exceed 750 words.

Application Deadline

December 20, 2022

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