Internship @ Trilegal, Mumbai : Rs. 15,000/Month Stipend | Abstract Paintings | Cool Balcony | Lots to Learn | Exceptional Work Enviro | Cake but no Song | National Law School Clout

The first thing I noticed as I made my way to One Indiabulls is how big the building is, it’s very easy to get lost in the parking lot.

Name. College. Year of study. Email ID

Dhruv Banerji; School of Law, Christ University; BBA LLB (Hons) batch of 2014

Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office? Team strength.

Trilegal, Mumbai. Located at One Indiabulls, Lower Parel.

The Mumbai office has roughly 70 people, most of them are lawyers and some support staff.

The office itself is spread over two floors, the second floor has been recently acquired and houses the first year associates and a larger pantry.

Interns at Trilegal, Mumbai usually get plenty of space to work from, your own desk, computer, phone etc. Sometimes you might have to share a desk if there’s a space crunch but they usually have no more than 5-7 interns.

They have a well stocked library and interns can access Manupatra from their desk making work a whole lot easier.

one india bulls

One India Bulls has 100’s of Offices

Duration of internship

1st to 30th May 2013

Application procedure? Internship Contact Details

You can contact Mrs. Bhavna who is in charge of HR at [email protected]. She’s been very helpful and warm helping out whenever needed and generally making sure that you don’t feel lost if you’re new.

As with all large firms you need to follow up on your application and references do help. Apply well in advance to get a spot for yourself.

Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.

I interned for 4 weeks at Trilegal, Mumbai and was called back for another internship.

We work 5 days a week leaving your weekends free to explore Mumbai or to catch up on sleep.

You should be at work by 9:30 and work starts picking up by 10. You will usually be done between 7 to 8 however this really depends on the team you are working for and your work load.

You might have to come in on a Saturday if there’s something that requires your immediate attention. They don’t make you sit around and waste your time for no reason and you will be asked to stay back late or come in on a weekend only when it’s absolutely necessary.

Personally I really liked working in the night as the office gets quieter, but then that could just be me.

First impression, first day, formalities

The first thing I noticed as I made my way to One Indiabulls is how big the building is, it’s very easy to get lost in the parking lot.

There are several law firms here apart from other business houses located here and in the Indiabulls Finance Center.

We even have Bar and Gold Gym on the third floor of our building!

Trilegal’s Mumbai office has some really cool modern architecture. It reminds you of somehthing Howard Roark (from the Fountainhead) would build.

There are some really trippy abstract paintings in the office that I love to stare at when I’m a little zonked from work. Yet they’ve managed to keep it formal like a traditional law firm but with hints of left of center thinking in the design here and there.

There’s also a really cool balcony where you can smoke which overlooks the Mumbai skyline, breathtaking to look at all those skyscrapers. It really gets you going, my favorite spot in the office.

Not a lot of formalities here. You meet Mrs. Bhavna (HR) on your first day, she’ll show you around the office and introduce to your tracking associate. You will be assigned a team and allotted work fairly quickly and you’re in business! No fuss here.

There are some really trippy abstract paintings in the office that I love to stare at when I’m a little zonked from work. Yet they’ve managed to keep it formal like a traditional law firm but with hints of left of center thinking in the design here and there.

trippy abstract painting

We Googled “Trippy Abstract Painting”, found this, liked this and put it here

 

Main tasks at Trilegal, Mumbai

You can divide your workload into two broad categories, research work and non-research oriented work such as due diligence. Your time on
average will be roughly spent equally on both. As far as the research work is concerned you will get some really interesting research questions.

The associates you work with always take out the time to explain what they’re looking for and give you the context in which you are researching. They are extremely patient provided you are also meticulous with your work.

Nobody expects you to spit out answers as soon as a question is thrown at you, take your time and work on it but be prepared when it’s time to discuss it with your team or associate. There’s a lot to be learnt from these exercises and you are encouraged to put your own views forward and debate it out to help come to a complete and balanced conclusion.

This has truly been very enriching for me and I have learnt a lot about corporate law just by researching and then talking to the associates about the issue at hand. As I said earlier, there’s no need to rote learn sections and case law though it helps but what people are looking for is a fresh perspective on things.

The non-research work mainly includes due diligence work. Those of you who have worked in corporate before would have probably worked on due diligence of some variety and probably detest it.

However, don’t consider any kind of work beneath you. There’s something to be learnt from every exercise and hard work is always rewarded, whether you are proof reading a a document or doing research. And you will never learn any of this in law school.

I always tried to make my team’s life easier by taking on any work that they had. This goes a long way to help your cause and to be honest they are entrusting you with a lot of responsibility, so even when you are proof reading a contract do it like you mean it.

For the uninitiated, here’s a simple example of a diligence you might work on. Lets say for example that our client Company A wants to acquire Company B, the target. Now before our client goes ahead and acquires the other company we need to look under the hood of Company B and see if everything is in order.

This typically involves going through heaps of documents including everything from board resolutions to form filings with the registrar. This is however just one example of a due diligence but you get the picture.

The first few times you do a due diligence you will actually learn quite a few things by getting acquainted with all the paper work that goes into a transaction and overall it will give you a better understanding of the transaction itself.

It can get tedious after a few times but I have never heard of interns being stuck on such work throughout and you will get plenty of research work too. Try and do different types of diligence work to get the most from it. Attention to detail is key here and it reflects a lot on the quality of work you are putting out so don’t get scared by a pile of paper.

The best approach in my experience has been to take whatever work you are assigned happily and knock it out of the way so you can get to the work you find more rewarding. Make a long playlist and keep yourself heavily caffeinated!

Most importantly, do your work on time and just don’t miss deadlines.

It reflects very poorly on you and it will be one of the few instances when somebody looses their patience and rightly so. Don’t let your team down and be somebody they can depend on.

The main areas you will work on include general corporate law, M&A, banking and finance, private equity and capital markets. You will be assigned to one specific team though you will get to work with other teams to. Do prioritize your team first and then take on any other work.

There’s not a lot of IP or competition law (based out of Delhi) work here and you mostly be working in the areas I mentioned above.

The Bangalore office houses the Employment and TMT (Technology Media & Telecom) teams.

For the uninitiated, here’s a simple example of a diligence you might work on. Lets say for example that our client Company A wants to acquire Company B, the target. Now before our client goes ahead and acquires the other company we need to look under the hood of Company B and see if everything is in order.

Due Dilligence is the reality. You can't move away from it with a click!

Due Dilligence is the reality. You can’t move away from it with a click!

Work environment, people

The work environment at Trilegal, Mumbai is exceptional and fits my temperament well.

Nobody will ask you if you are a little late one day or leaving a little early though I suggest you do reach on time in the morning, people do notice these things. The only caveat here is that you get your work done.

I personally take quite a few short breaks to have a cup of coffee and a smoke and my lunch timings are erratic (but never long). As long as you don’t abuse this privilege and stick to the deadlines you will be fine. I have worked at firms that insist on sitting in the office even when there is absolutely no work. This has never happened to me here.

Most of the associates at Trilegal are pretty young and energetic. As always you should take this with a grain of salt and you will find all sorts of people everywhere and there is a particular skill set to be developed in this regard.

However, overall the people here are amazing to work with and I have been fortunate enough to be assigned to a team that took really good care of me.

Once a month we get a big yummy cake and some food to celebrate everyones birthday though we never sing and skip straight to the cake.

Every friday you will find an interesting quiz in your mailbox and the winners get something nice like a bottle of wine or a 6 pack of beer 😀 I never won anything though.

The support staff at Trilegal, Mumbai are also equally helpful and very prompt to see to any requests you may have. They have a well stocked pantry with some fruits and snacks, a fridge and microwave ovens for your lunch if you carry any and of course a coffee machine. A law firm is truly incomplete without a decent coffee machine!

Once a month we get a big yummy cake and some food to celebrate everyone’s birthday though we never sing and skip straight to the cake.

 

The best things AND the bad things

THE GOOD: The best things about working at Trilegal, Mumbai would definitely be the work environment. The office is amazing and your colleagues are equally good to you. It’s a great learning experience and it will teach you skills that will really help you, even if you don’t end up working here.

Personally for me I love the freedom that they give you to do your work. It’s challenging, high stakes and very rewarding both intellectually and financially. I highly recommend this firm for anyone interested in working in a full service corporate practice.

THE BAD: The bad things or more appropriately the things I would do differently include almost no interaction with the Partners or Clients.

Trilegal also conducts training sessions regularly but these are restricted to associates. I am sure there are good reasons behind this but it would be really good for interns if the firm addressed these aspects to some extent.

THE UGLY: Apart from that I found nothing bad or particularly distasteful about the firm and I have worked in bad firms before.

There is still however that clout surrounding students from a particular national law school even here but it’s best to ignore it and get on with your work. This is a more pervasive problem with our field and cannot be attributed to a firm in a particular. But it can be particularly frustrating when it affects your placements and when you see people you know you are better than being taken over you. Sad but true.

Truly there is nothing special about most of these students and on average you will find them to be of the same calibre as students from other colleges. I have met toppers from the best law schools in India and that brand might get you in the door but really doesn’t reflect how far you will get in the long run. You will find several seniors at Trilegal that are younger than their juniors.

Be at your best irrespective. You standard of work should ideally not depend on factors such as how much they are paying you or if you think you have a shot at getting placed or not.

cliques

Cliques can be bad

Good work is like karma, it will reward you regardless. You might not get a job but you will get acquainted with people who will recognize your work and give you references. Even if you don’t get that you’ve learnt skills that will really impress your future employer.

If you’re truly good with your work then it’s the firm that looses out, not you!

There is still however that clout surrounding students from a particular national law school even here but it’s best to ignore it and get on with your work.

Stipend/month

Trilegal pays its interns Rs. 15,000 per month at its Mumbai offices.

However if you got your internship through an internal reference then you will not receive a stipend which I think is a good policy. However if you do get called back you will get paid.

Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?

I have a place in Bandra so it was really easy for me to commute. One Indiabulls is located within walking distance from Elphinston station so travelling by train is a breeze.

Just avoid coming and going during peak traffic hours, the trains are pretty comfortable during this time. Transport in Mumbai is amazing and it’s very easy to get a cab and all of them run according to the meter so no need to haggle unlike some other cities.

There are several good places to eat in the building and you can get some reasonable food inside as well as some fancy protein shakes and whole wheat sandwiches if that’s your thing. Right outside one of the exits of the building are a few stall that serve dosas, the cheese dosa being my personal favorite (though too much will make you pass out in the afternoon) and some other stuff that you can munch on.

If you really want home cooked food and you’re not from around here you can get a good tiffin from several places (Mumbai is famous for its dabbawallas) which you can eat in the pantry.

I don’t know much about PG’s here but some of the interns were staying very close by and paying about Rs.250 a day for a comfortable single room.

It won’t be hard to find but be ready to part with most of your stipend. You can cheaper accommodation too though it will not be as comfortable. A small price to pay to live in a city as alive as Mumbai.

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  1. lolwa! very funny

  2. hahahahhahaha very funny

  3. Can we do the internship alongwith 3 year llb or u r required to complete the degree and then join?

  4. sushmita govindu says:

    i will be giving my first year BLS exam in April 30th can i apply for internship in Trilegal

  5. Samidha says:

    Hi.. CAN I please get the email id where I can mail in my application?

  6. Rohini Shah says:

    Hey Dhruv,

    Did you have to follow up or did you get a reply without it and in how much time? I called them up to know the status of my application but the receptionist didn’t connect me to the hr. She said that I can follow up through mails and not call. Also if you could share any alternate e-mail id to apply there.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Really detailed and on to the point. No fancy stuff. Thank you 🙂

  8. Tanvi Dabir says:

    Dhruv ,many congratulations to you for getting placed here. Thanks a ton for ur gr8 advice. I wud really request u to kindly guide me on how one gives a gud
    Interview nd wat r d impressive pre- requisites. Thnks

    Regards,
    Tanvi

    • Anonymous says:

      Who said he got placed at Trilegal?

    • Dhruv Banerji says:

      Hi Tanvi, I was called back but I haven’t been placed at Trilegal as the Mumbai office recruits only from one or two colleges, GNLU and GLC this year. However if you do have some question I’d be happy to help, you can get in touch with me on facebook.

  9. Anonymous says:

    DETAILED experience. Like a Boss.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t this a good way of buttering the law firm concerned?

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed

    • Dhruv Banerji says:

      Dear Anonymous,

      If I really wanted to suck up to the firm I would have skipped out on “THE UGLY”. Please read that. I’ve posted this under my real name (and not anonymously) and I am still interning here, I hope you can appreciate that.

      This is my second stint here and I was informed well in advance that there would be very limited scope for me to get placed here so I really have no vested interest except for the 5k lawctopus is so generously giving (this is sucking up) and letting other people know how the firm is.

      “The associates you work with always take out the time to explain what they’re looking for and give you the context in which you are researching. They are extremely patient provided you are also meticulous with your work.”

      In retrospect this is the only statement that I would find slightly biased but as I said take this with a grain of salt, you find all sorts of people everywhere and my views reflect my own personal experience relative to other firms I’ve worked at and I’ve had a really good experience here overall.

      Also, we do in fact get our own desks which are huge (we sit with the associates now) and everything else I mentioned but the IT team is seriously lacking and the computers assigned to interns are too slow for a firm as large as Trilegal. But then again, I’ve worked at established firms that had only two crappy computers with internet and Manupatra for all the interns and no separate workstations.

      I read a review about Trilegal, Mumbai which was extremely negative. I’m not surprised because I always see people who get irritated because they won’t get placed or the associates aren’t too happy with their work. There’s something to be learned out of every experience and I guess some people just don’t get that.

      I’ve spent two months here with pay for only one, spending a lot of my own money (Mumbai is expensive) and knowing fully well in my second stint that I probably wouldn’t be placed here, you’d think I’d have a lot to complain about but I don’t. Some people crib and others make the most of it.

      Everything else I’ve posted is pretty much accurate, I really cant lie about how big the building is or how much I like the architecture of the office space (it really is cool for those of you who like design, you can find some pictures online).

      On another note, apologies for the typos. I wrote this really late at night. I’ve sent lawctopus a male requesting them to rectify the same.

      Regards,

      Dhruv

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