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 a 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. Check our Testimonials page 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 fee for international students is USD 7000 (inclusive of applicable taxes). A limited number of students of Indian origin/ residing in India will be offered a substantially reduced tuition fee or in some cases a complete exemption from payment of tuition fee, based on an economic criterion. This tuition fee includes course books, printed materials and CDs. The course fee does not include travel costs, accommodation and other, subsistence expenses. We recommend students to budget at least USD 4200 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-funded, 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 fee are met from the course fee. 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 are available. Please check our website for details of fellowships, which are 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 give a presentation on their project followed by a viva voce and attend an advocacy skills workshop that is spread over three days.