AULAC

ANSAL UNIVERSITY LEGAL AID CLINIC (AULAC)

Article 39A of the Constitution of India provides that State shall secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity, and shall in particular, provide free legal aid, by suitable legislation or schemes or in any other way, to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disability. Articles 14 and 22(1) also make it obligatory for the State to ensure equality before law and a legal system which promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity to all. Legal aid strives to ensure that constitutional pledge is fulfilled in its letter and spirit and equal justice is made available to the poor, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society.

In 1987 Legal Services Authorities Act was enacted to give a statutory base to legal aid programmes throughout the country on a uniform pattern. This Act was finally enforced on 9th November, 1995 after certain amendments were introduced therein by the Amendment Act of 1994. A nationwide network has been envisaged under the Act for providing legal aid and assistance. National Legal Services Authority is the apex body constituted to lay down policies and principles for making legal services available under the provisions of the Act and to frame most effective and economical schemes for legal services. It also disburses funds and grants to State Legal Services Authorities and NGOs for implementing legal aid schemes and programmes.

Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic (AULAC):

School of Law, Ansal University, has set up a Legal Aid Clinic for providing free legal Aid to the deprived, helpless, poor, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society with the broader aim of Access to Justice. The Legal Aid Clinic is a partnership between students, Faculty members and renowned Advocates of Bar. Its objects: are twofold first, to provide a public service for local people who need legal advice and representation, and are unable to afford it, and secondly to make students learn from practical experiences.

Students Participation in Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic (AULAC)

Law students deepen and broaden their knowledge of law through the practical experience of working on live cases and through a structured reflection on that legal practice. Students can also develop specific legal skills. Student participation takes place at a number of levels. Students may:

  • have the full conduct of cases (under supervision) for clients of the Clinic
  • attend a weekly Clinic meeting to hear about and discuss new cases
  • act as a volunteer for an hour a week in one of the Clinic offices
  • attend one weekly sessions at which volunteer practicing lawyers advise clients
  • become a coordinator of an advice session working with the local volunteer lawyers
  • be elected as Chair, or to the student committee, or to the management committee
  • participate in meetings, debates and projects on current legal issues

Programmes by AULAC:

 

 

 

  • Village Camp:

 

School of Law, Ansal University organized a Legal Aid Awareness Camp under the aegis of Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic (AULAC) in Abhaypur and Damdama villages on April 22-23, 2017 (Situated near Sohna, Haryana). AULAC members presented their views and spread legal awareness through street play and by distribution of pamphlets. They covered topics such as Domestic Violence, Sexual harassment, Senior Citizen Rights, Child Rights, Corruption, Gender Discrimination and Dowry Prohibition and RTI .

 

The Villagers, mainly women discussed their problems with the volunteers. After which the volunteers address the problems.  More than 40 questionnaires were filled by the people from both the villages.

 

The enthusiastic volunteers were highly encouraged and appreciated by the villagers including the Sarpanch. They were full of spirit and this inspired them to further perform more activities in future. They cultivated the idea of helping more people with their campaigns in the upcoming events. The sense of unity and teamwork were beaming in colors among the volunteers during the event, resulting in their stronger bonding and a successful campaign.

 

 

  • Legal Aid Awareness Camp at Sheetla Mata Mandir, Gurugram: Committee members of AULAC, Ansal University organized an awareness camp in the premises of Sheetla Mata Mandir, Gurugram on March 31, 2017. Students explained the issues in detail such as Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties Child Labor, Dowry Prohibition and Domestic Violence among the people and they also disseminate print material on the same.

 

  • Legal Aid Awareness Program On Sexual Harassment: For disseminating awareness about sexual harassment at public places  School of Law Legal Aid Clinic organized a street play at Galleria market DLF phase 4 on March 29, 2017. The program was well received by the audience. Students of SOL explained the nuances of Sexual harassment at public places, what amounts to sexual harassment and the remedies available to the victims. More than 70 questionnaires were filled by the public, the questionnaires is aimed to check the gravity and intensity of this social evil.

 

  • Jail Visit: AULAC (Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic) has taken the initiative to provide free legal services to under trial prisoners. The broader object is to insure that under trial prisoners are aware of the bail provisions and other legal rights guaranteed and protected by the Constitution of India. Assistant Professors Dr. Deepak Miglani and Mr. Shrajil Khan organized a field activity under its AULAC program for B.A LL.B (Hons) students to Bhondsi Jail onFebruary 27, 2017.
  • Legal Awareness Camp: Member of AULAC of SOL, got an opportunity to volunteer in Legal Awareness Camp organized by DLSA from April 8 to 15, 2016 at Sheetla Mata Mandir, Gurgaon.
  • Legal Aid Program (School Outreach Program): An Essay Writing Competition was organized by Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic (AULAC) to spread legal awareness among masses in Ajanta Public School, Sector-31, Gurugram. Students from IX-XII standard enthusiastically participated and expressed their views on various topics through their write-ups on January 25, 2016.

 

  • Poster Making Competition: Under the aegis of AULAC (Ansal University Legal Aid Clinic) and MCDC (Moot Court and Debating Committee), to promote the methodology of “learning by doing” among students, SOL organized a poster making competition for the students on September 9, 2015.
  • Legal Awareness Camp by District Legal Services Authority (DLSA): As the very first step towards achieving the objectives of AULAC, on November 9, 2015, Legal Literacy Camp was organized along with Students Legal Literacy Meet with the support of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Gurgaon. The program focused on the issues like Farmers Suicide, Khap Panchayat, Senior Citizens, Child Marriage, Female feticide, Child Trafficking, Women’s rights/ Human Rights etc.

Adoption of Village– AULAC has planned to adopt a village and initiate local programmes for spreading legal awareness, whereby the students will make an attempt at spreading awareness amongst the people about their rights under free legal Aid, Child labour, Right to vote, Domestic violence act and Women Rights.

ANSAL UNIVERSITY LEGAL AID CLINIC (AULAC)

Faculty Coordinator AULAC

  1. DrKomal Sandhu
  2. MrSharjil Khan
Ansal University