Legal Job Opening: (Senior) Research Associate [Legal] at Centre for Civil Society, Delhi

Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is recruiting a (Senior) Research Associate [Legal] to work on legal-research initiatives and litigation related to structural reforms in education, regulatory barriers to livelihoods and entrepreneurship, and quality of governance.

Examples of our legal work:

Litigation: we have three ongoing cases in the High Court of Delhi – one, challenging the advertisement guidelines for public service vehicles in Delhi; second, challenging the simultaneous performance of managerial and regulatory roles by the Directorate of Education in Delhi; and third, seeking third-party assessment in MCD-run schools. It involves drafting, coordinating with the court clerk for filing and other tasks, and representing the beneficiary before the Court.

Legal research: we undertook an empirical study of all the judgments on street vendors passed between Oct 2017 to Jan 2019 by various high courts and the Supreme Court of India. We have also published case notes on landmark judgments on our website.

Legislative drafting: we have drafted a Model State School Education Bill to regulate school education at the state level, based on the principles of promissory estoppel, information disclosure, choice and competition.

Role Profile:

Research Associates at CCS have sharp analytical and critical thinking abilities, and curiosity about the interplay between government, citizens, markets and civil society. An ideal team member is energetic, proactive, able to work independently and collaboratively as needed, and possesses both integrity and the humility to seek advice when needed. The Research Associate should be passionate about working on the three areas of interest to the Centre: structural reforms in education, barriers to earning livelihoods, and quality of governance.

As (Senior) Research Associate [Legal], you will work with the Associate Director on legal and legislative analysis, and public interest and cause-based litigation. You will work on all areas of research at CCS and apply your legal training towards understanding de jure implications of regulations. You will also support our legal petitions by preparing court briefs and attending hearings. You will also partner with the advocacy team to effectively disseminate outputs from our research to elected representatives, jurists, policy makers, media and other stakeholders.


The Associate/Senior Associate will closely with other team members to:

Undertake litigation, draft plaints, complaints, petitions, and represent CCS or chosen beneficiaries before the appropriate forum;

Write policy/legal/legislative briefs on three thematic areas: education, livelihoods, and governance;

Conduct legal analysis on central and state level regulations, outlining gaps based on the analysis and developing recommendations;

Summarise judgements for non-specialised readers by accessing the requisite case law database—required to highlight judicial precedent as evidence in policy briefs;

Draft op-eds, articles and analysis based on discussions on current legal and legislative issues; and

Oversee implementation of the project execution in accordance to the research design including collaboration with partner organisations (if any).

Experience and Education:

At least a Bachelor’s degree in Law with supervised academic thesis work

At least 1 year of work experience with intensive law-related work including litigation (possible to substitute with cumulative internships of greater than one and half year).

Senior Associates will have at least 3 years of legal work experience

Very strong written and spoken English.

Skills and competencies

Ability to represent clients in the courts;

Ability to understand and interpret all statutory documents including but not limited to Bills, Acts, Rules, Regulations, Notifications, bye-laws etc.

Proven academic writing experience is a must  (academic papers, reports, blogs etc.)

Ability to conduct legal research for policy purposes (experience will be highly valued)

Clarity of thought and sharp analytical skills to be able to process vast amounts of information and generate useful insights from them; and

Excellent writing and ability to articulate research content to varying audiences in English

Up to date knowledge of the Indian policy process, legal process and political landscape

Working proficiency in Hindi will be useful.


Liberal bent of mind, with a commitment to a safe working environment for team members

Openness to ideas and debate

Have a robust (and not fragile) ego

Ambition to make an impact on the world and leave a mark, and not just to do a good enough job

Ability to generate goodwill with working partners and resolve conflicts at the earliest through transparent communication

Relentless pursuit of excellence, self-reflection, and commitment to honest feedback

Deep comfort with an environment that prizes collaborative technologies (basecamp, g-drive, e-meet, Github etc) (not necessary to be conversant, but must enjoy).

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About the Company:

CCS is an independent public policy think tank based in New Delhi. Our work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across private and public sectors. To translate policy into practice, we engage with policy and opinion leaders through research, pilot projects and advocacy.

Over the last many years, CCS’ research team has built a reputation for shining light on the dark recesses of governance: collecting and analysing data through primary surveys, ethnographic studies, public datasets and administrative data, and RTI applications, compiling legal and legislative analysis; testing the validity of innovative governance tools through pilot projects; and proposing a redesign of existing regulatory frameworks.

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