Internship Experience @ ARA Law, Mumbai: Stipend of Rs. 5000, Lots of Research Work on Mergers and Private Equity

Intern Details

Srilatha Jayaraman

4th Year, B.A. LL.B

Symbiosis Law School, Pune

Name of Organization

ARA Law, Advocates and Solicitors, Mumbai

Duration of Internship

25th April, 2016 to 24th May, 2016

Application Process

I procured this internship by applying to ARA Law, after sending an e-mail at [email protected]

I received a very prompt telephone call in response, in which I was asked why I wanted to intern with ARA Law, and what my expectations were. I then received an e-mail of acceptance on their behalf, and I was asked to write them an e-mail confirming the same.

Timings

9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. However, one has to stay back as long as is needed to complete the task, if so required. Generally, I would get done by 8.00 p.m., although I stayed back till 9 p.m. on occasion.

First Impression, First Day Formalities, Infrastructure

On my first day, I was introduced to all the associates. I was shown my desk, assigned a computer and given a notepad. Every intern is given a separate space to sit in and a computer to use.

The office has a highly professional atmosphere. Everything is tidy and organized, and even the employees maintain a sense of decorum at all times. Unlike most firms, all the associates arrive by 9:30 a.m. sharp, so it’s really unwise to be late yourself.

The infrastructure is extremely fancy. The office too is an elegantly structured space, with a professional coffee machine and elaborate fingerprint system mechanism.

Main Tasks

ARA Law specializes in corporate law, with Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets being their core interest areas. I was given a lot of research work on mergers, venture capital funds and private equity, company law provisions, finance and banking, etc.

I prepared memos on new Acts and existing legal provisions. I proofread some agreements and wrote legal articles. I had to do some Excel work too, but that didn’t outweigh the quality of work given to me throughout.

I was also assigned a topic, and I had to prepare a presentation on it, and present the same on my last day. The best part is that all the associates listen to you diligently and take your opinion into consideration. During my presentation they asked me questions and didn’t just brush it off.

Work Environment and People

The firm has a very professional attitude towards work and interns are expected to meet the deadlines of the work given to them. Unlike most firms, interns are treated as professionals and responsible adults.

Every intern is expected to complete the work given to them, and do it diligently. If one has doubts, one can approach them without hesitation and they’re more than willing to clear them.

The associates are friendly and delegate work to interns without hesitation. During my month-long stint, I faced no paucity of work. Someone or the other is always willing to assign an intern some research or writing work.

Another novel practice is that of holding weekly presentations. Each associate presents on a specific topic, which is actually quite interesting and informative.

Best Things

The assignments given are interesting and associates often give you feedback on the quality of work too.

The most amazing thing was the amount of trust placed in interns’ abilities.

The office also provides snacks in the evening.

Bad Things

There isn’t any bad aspect to working at ARA LAW. Something that might bother people is the travel aspect, since BKC is quite far from the station and buses aren’t too frequent.

Stipend

INR 5000/-

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  1. Aishwarya says:

    I’ve also heard people at ARA are quite unfriendly. The associates leave early and make the intern stay late.

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