Centre for Child and the Law inviting applications for Junior Social Workers Legal Researchers and more
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Centre for Child and the Law inviting applications for Junior Social Workers Legal Researchers and more

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The Centre for Child and the Law (CCL), a specialized research centre of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore is looking for applications for the post of Junior Social Worker (JSW), Legal Resarcher, Legal Research Associate and Sr. Researcher. A few of the qualifications required for the post are an MSW with a minimum of 3 years direct field practice with children, working knowledge of child-related laws and fluency in spoken Hindi or Kannada.

The Centre for Child and the Law (CCL), a specialized research centre of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore is looking for applications for the post of Junior Social Worker, (JSW). A few of the qualifications required for the post are an MSW with a minimum of 3 years direct field practice with children, working knowledge of child-related laws and fluency in spoken Hindi or Kannada. Arlene Manoharan, who heads the Juvenile Justice Programme at CCL, spoke to Bar & Bench on what this job entails.

Speaking about CCL , Arlene said that CCL was established in 1996 and engages in a multidisciplinary and integrated approach towards child-related issues. Work at CCL includes research, direct field action, lobbying and advocacy at both local and national levels.

A JSW can be expected to work with children who fall under the Juvenile Justice Act, 1996 (JJ Act). This work includes working within the system as well as the functionaries who fall in the Bangalore Urban region. In terms of long term commitment, Arlene clarified that there is no guarantee of being absorbed into the NLSIU faculty if one were to join CCL.

CCL is also looking for applications to the post of Legal Researcher. A few of the qualifications required for this post are a law degree, minimun of two years experience in the field of human rights and experience in legal research. Thirdly, CCL is inviting applications for the post of Legal Research Associate. A few of the qualifications required for this post are a law degree, a minimum of three years experience in the field of human rights and legal research skills. Lastly, CCL is inviting applications for the post of Senior Researcher. A few of the qualifications required for this psot are a masters degree in law, social sciences or social work, a minimum of three years experience in social sciece research and willingness to travel within Karnataka.

The complete list of qualifications may be viewed here.

Arlene, who has been with CCL since the past 12 years, also told Bar & Bench that work at CCL does require a fair amount of commitment but is also equally rewarding. “Given the location of our centre [at NLSIU], we can bring about some change, both at the grassroots and at the national level.”

She also spoke about the pressing need to train advocates in child-rights based issues. At the same time she is well aware that there is little money for lawyers in this field. Arlene recounts that when discussed the possibility of introducing child-rights based courses in law schools, one of the first things she was told was that there will hardly be any students interested in the course.

Nonetheless, Arlene believes that there are people out there who are committed and genuinely interested in this field. Additionally, a stint at CCL also opens a vast array of opportunities in terms of career paths. On a slightly different note, Arlene added that even those who can devote a couple of hours a week are more than welcome to work with CCL. “My belief is that wherever you are, you can contribute in some way or the other.”

Although the position is a full time post, consultants may also be considered. Interested candidates can email their resume along with the letters of motivation to ccl@nls.ac.in on or before April 30, 2012. Post applied for must be specified in the subject and the cover letter. Interviews are likely to take place in the first week of May 2012. 

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