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    Surbhi Karwa

    from Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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My name is Surbhi Karwa and I have been offered admission into Bachelor of Civil Law (equivalent to a Master's Degree) course at University of Oxford beginning from September, 2021.  Throughout my law school I have maintained an excellent academic score with First Rank and 9.24/10 CGPA in my B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) course at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (Batch 2018). I was also awarded Gold Medal for first rank (6.79/7 CGPA) in my LL.M. course at National Law University, Delhi (Batch 2019).

I have an INR 10 Lakh Merton Lawyers' scholarship from Merton College, Oxford University. However the same is not enough for INR 40 Lakh (approx.) annual tuition fees for the course. Thus I am in need of raising INR 30 Lakh for the annual tuition fee to secure my seat. 

While I am currently trying to raise INR 15 Lakh through loans for my living expenses in Oxford, but I cannot raise the amount of the tuition fee at my own. I am a first generation woman to go to college and pursue law in an area where underage marriage was established practice till previous generation. Without support, it will not be possible for me to pursue this once in a lifetime opportunity.


I have published/presented on issues of gender and law in academic platforms including at journals of National Law School of India University, Bangalore and Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, University of Birmingham with other widely known scholars of Constitutional law. My journalistic writings have been published at The Wire, Economic and Political Weekly, Article 14, Frontline, Outlook, Livelaw and Mainstream Weekly. I have also been quoted on issues of gender and law at the Washington Post, the Independent Urdu etc.  

I was also the Convenor of the Legal Aid Committee at my law university which worked with the District Legal Services Authority for legal aid and awareness. We established the Legal Aid clinic in the university and also initiated a legal aid project in MohanlalGanj Jail, Lucknow.

On my return, I wish to continue writing and research on issues of gender and law. I further plan to set up a legal aid clinic for women prisoners, who have received little attention within legal aid movement.


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