FAQ

How long does it take to complete the diploma?

The Diploma is a 1 year course with two residential sessions – 2 weeks at the start of the course and 1 week at the end of the course.

I am not a lawyer: can I apply?

Yes, you can apply. The minimum eligibility is graduate qualification from any recognized university in any of the following subjects: Law, Medicine or Psychiatry, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work or other Social Science, Natural Science disciplines.

We are keen to encourage persons with mental illness and their care-givers to take part in this course. Minimum qualification for people with mental disabilities and families / carers is a graduate qualification in any discipline from a recognized university.

How will the diploma help my career?

It is expected that the Diploma will equip the students to undertake advocacy work in this area and provide them with the knowledge and skills to actively support countries to draft and amend mental health laws in line with the CRPD and other standards. See what our graduates do to get a better idea of how you could use the knowledge gained during the Diploma in your career and work

What are the costs?

The tuition fees for International students is Euro 5500. A limited number of students of Indian origin and residing in India will be offered a substantially reduced tuition fee or in some cases a complete exemption from payment of tuition fees, based on economic criteria Tuition fees include course books, printed materials and CDs. Course fees do not include travel costs, accommodation and other, subsistence expenses. We recommend students budget at least Euro 3500 for travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for the two residential sessions.

Where do the costs go?

The Diploma is run by the Indian Law Society on a no-profit basis. The Diploma is self-funding, which means we do not get any grants/subsidies from any national or international funding bodies. Our faculty are drawn from diverse fields and come from all parts of the world. Their travel, accommodation, subsistence and fees are met from the course fees. In addition there are costs for providing teaching material to students and for the use of facilities, infrastructure and administration of the course.

Are scholarships available?

Occasionally some scholarships become available.Please check the web site for details of fellowships, which will be announced from time to time. For example, last year, we had two full scholarships for students from Eastern Europe funded by the OSI.

Who awards the Diploma?

The Diploma is awarded by the Indian Law Society, which is an autonomous institution established in 1923 for furthering legal education.The Indian Law Society is not-for-profit charity registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, and the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950 in the Indian jurisdiction.

What happens at the residential sessions?

During the 1st residential session, students attend lectures, workshops, small group discussions and site visits. At the second residential session, students do a presentation on their project followed by a viva and attend an advocacy skills workshop, spread over three days.