First published on March 13, 2013.

Because it’s the internship season, we are republishing this article! Hope you find it useful.

By Tanuj Kalia

Are you an intelligent, diligent and hardworking law student? Do you find the process of getting an internship troublesome and sometimes even unsuccessful? The below technique will always work (provided you persist with it).

It’s time consuming, but well worth the time.

STEP ONE

Depending on who you are and what you’ve done, search for the law firms/organisations which are a fit for you/which interest you.

Who you are: Which law school you are from, what’s your class rank, year of student etc.

What you’ve done: Previous internships, moots, publications, seminars, courses etc.

RSG Consulting and Legal500.com are good websites to begin your law firm search.

STEP TWO

Search for the email IDs and phone numbers of the short-listed firms.

You can get the Email IDs on the Lawctopus’ page for internship contact details here. Of course, you can check the organisation’s website too.

In case you don’t find an email ID where you can send your internship application to, call the law firm’s office up and ask them if they have an email ID for internship applications.

For an internship under a Supreme Court lawyer, the director on the SCBA website (here) should help.

STEP THREE

Email your CV with a nice tailor made cover letter (the cover letter should make the body of the email).

Tailor made cover letter: Do NOT copy paste your cover letter and send it to a dozen law firms. It’s easy to spot and your application will surely land in the dust-bin!

Select the 5-6 ‘law firms/organisations that fit’ and send them a tailor made cover letter.

The tailor made cover letter should mention things like what you like about that particular law firm, the recent things/deals which the law firm has done and which you’ve heard about (read LegallyIndia or Bar and Bench for that), what value you can add to that firm and vice versa.

A Sample CV is here.

A Cover Letter is here.

STEP FOUR

Call up the law firm’s office. Ask for the status of your internship application. Keep a track on their response and don’t shy away from calling them more than twice or thrice.

IMPORTANT: Without calling up the office you can consider your internship application as good as ‘not sent’.

Also don’t end up badgering a law firm’s HR. A reminder once a week is good enough.

There is a thin line there and if you cross it, well, never mind. We are still students and still learning and mistakes are bound to happen.

STEP FIVE

If you still fail to secure an internship (say after 2-3 months of dilligent effort), take a 4-5 days off from college and visit the nearest big city which has decent law firm/lawyer offices (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore).

Go the the law firms’ offices in these locations. Make sure you are in your best formals and that you have taken a print-out of your CV with you.

Get the CV printed on a slightly better quality paper than you use for normal print-0uts.

Don’t be shy about this. You are a student and are here to learn. Some offices might not entertain you and that’s ok. Some might sound indifferent and that’s ok. But someone might take you in!

This is as desperate as a struggling actor hounding an influential director; but well who says a career in law is NOT a struggle.

STEP SIX

Talk to the lawyer/HR about the firm, yourself, your aspirations, and of course about your wanting an internship etc. Be frank, sincere and serious.

Tell the law firmite how you got to know about his firm (tell him/her about the Legally India/Bar and Bench article; that should make anyone happy), what excites you about the law firm, about the areas of law it works on and how you too are interested in similar fields of law etc.

Talk about yourself, how you are good for the internship/job and what brought you here (Delhi, Mumbai; where ever you are).

This takes the lawyer/law firmite by surprise. 

Having done all of this, most law firms will let a decent law student intern with them.

Best of luck! Questions & comments are welcome.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. How can i intern with any law firm
    Means whats the step of taking intern
    Please reply its very urgent plzzz
    Tell me the procedure or steps
    I need your guidelines

  2. I m doing LLB from simple college (NON NLU OR non Prestigious COLLEGE) and also in cs (Final)…..can i get internship in good law firm

  3. Hello. I am a final year law student graduating this June. Being from a freshly created NLU, its not possible to expect cmpus placements from the college. I want to know, how can I get a job in any law firm in India ? Although I have been regularly sending my CV to various law firms all over the country wherever there is an opening. Please help.

    Thank You.

  4. I am a second year law student (in a five year integrated course) and I wanted to find a part time work. I wanted a kind of work which can be manged with the curriculum and I do not have to miss classes for that. So can you suggest me some options for the same and tell me as to how to go about it? Thank You.

  5. I want to do non-litigation work.. I mean i do not want to practise. Would i get internship under an advocate only for non-litigation work?

    • You have to choose your best skill area.,in which you can work properly.internship is only the way to sync your own abilities.
      That’s it.

  6. I am a fourth year law student from Calcutta University. Now I am six internships old including 2 publications in law journals and I have 67% aggregate score till 7th Semester. I hold the name of one good law firm in my CV , i.e Argus Partners. Hopefully, I will get in Amarchand also in future.

    I would like to know, whether it will become difficult to secure a job in a good law firm after B.A LLB?? I have a plan of applying in good law firms namely Khaitan, Amarchand, J. Sagar Associates etc.

    Note:- Calcutta University don’t have Campus Placement.

    Please reply my query… I want a relevant suggestion.

    • I don’t have an answer to your question although I would like to get some help. I too study under CU and am facing a difficult time in finding an internship.

  7. I also wanted to ask its okay to apply a month in advance? I mean do places consider people who apply a month in advance? as now after all the rejection, I only have a month to apply in advance for.

  8. so i have been rejected by 20 law firms that i very methodically applied to because im in 1st year of my 3 yr llb course. What are my options now?

    • Very few law firms will take you in your 1st year.

      Apply to the smaller firms and to lawyers.

      Also, did you call them up?

      • I did call them up, and some said they were already full. some said apply next year etc. I also applied to not very well known firms. I doubt they will get back to me.

  9. I have two Questions–

    1) Should I ask about the Stipend before Internship?
    2) I am a 3rd Year Law Student from Amity Law School, also pursuing CS(Executive), I have no exp in moots or papers etc. Is it impossible for me to get internship in a top law firm? Is it even worth trying?

    Please don’t ignore, Need help urgent 🙂

    • 1. No. But when the internship is confirmed you can ask if any stipend is given.
      2. Yes you can get an internship in a top law firm.
      Whosoever you intern under (say a good HC lawyer) will have some contacts in a a good law firm. Impress him to get the law firm!

      • Thanks for the reply sir, and just one more query, Is it ok to apply before 6 months in advance? I applied a week ago for Luthra & Luthra, Delhi, for May 2014 Internship, Though I got no reply,

  10. What if I haven’t done any internships before or participated in any inter college moots?
    Will I still be able to get an internship? I’m a second year student (5 year course) from GLC

    • So you won’t be able to intern at a big law firm right away (unless you have an uncle).

      But otherwise yes, good HC lawyers will be happy to have you as an intern.

  11. Also, feel free to tailor your CV as well depending on the place. I don’t mean fudge/ misrepresent. But do emphasise stuff what the firm might like. For an IP firm, try emphasising more on the WIPO courses/ IP related moots/ publications you have, and similar for most other areas.

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