The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore bags the second prize (cash prize of $5000) out of 59 nominations from 50 universities in 21 countries around the world. This competition was organized by Tufts University, US.
The winners of the 2014 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship are as follows:
First place winner, receiving $7,500: Rec and Read Mentorship Program, University of Manitoba (Canada).
Second place winner, receiving $5,000: Legal Services Clinic (LSC), National Law School of India University (India).
Third place winner, receiving $2,500: Wits Initiative for Rural Health Education (WIRHE), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) (South Africa).
The Legal Services Clinic (LSC) began as an unofficial student initiative at the National Law School of India University with help from senior faculty members and was officially recognized in 1997.
LSC works to bridge the gap between the justice delivery system and underprivileged sections of society by organizing legal literacy camps, social action mobilization camps, conducting socio-legal surveys on issues relating to the urban poor and the unrepresented, public-interest litigation/social action litigation, and interacting with social welfare organizations.
By participating in the clinic, students practice the skills they learn about in class and they are exposed to social action work. LSC reevaluates its mission annually, with a focus on projects that provide students a platform to cultivate practical and professional skills.
Current goals of the LSC include expanding pro-bono legal services and drafting rules relating to pro-bono work, improving the legal aid policy of the state, and spreading legal awareness. They are also working on an outreach project, which will create legal aid centers across the state of Karnataka.