Internship @ J. Sagar Associates, Mumbai: Aesthetic Office, Due Diligence, Rs.1.5K per Week

Name, College, Year:
Arpita Cuddapah, D.E.S. Law College, Pune (Maharashtra), 4th Year

Name of the Organization & Address:
J. Sagar Associates, Mumbai
Vakils House,18 Sprott Road, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Landmarks: National Restaurant, Britannia Cafe

The Office is ten minutes walk from CST (Railway Station).

I interned for 5 weeks with JSA. If you are involved in a particular project/transaction, like a Due Diligence, you may seekan extension. 5 days a week. Interns are expected to reach by 9:30.

However, it depends on the work load. I used to reach Office around 8, at times. One can leave at 6:30 in the evening, unless you have been asked to stay back.

Application Procedure:
Apply well in advance. It is advisable to not be very rigid about the Internship dates. I had applied for the month of July,but, I did mention in my cover letter that I was flexible about the dates.

I ended up interning from August 11, 2014 to September 12, 2014.

Send your CVs with a cover letter to (Mr. Zafrulla Shariff).

I applied in June and got a confirmation mail by the end of July.

First Day Impressions:
The office is aesthetically done. There are three floors. Pantry on all three floors. Extremely well equipped Library. I was asked to report at 9:30 on the first day.

The Reception is nice and cozy. We were directed to Shariff Sir’s cabin, who looks after Recruitment.

He briefed us about the Firm and gave us a Handbook to read, which had all the information about the Firm and its practice areas, no. of employees, daily time sheet format etc.

All interns are given a ‘Welcome Kit’, which has basic stationery and Sodexho Coupons (Rs. 1100).

We were then introduced to Sankar sir, who is the Internship Coordinator.

Every intern is given a laptop/desktop and an intern email id. My first day was to get acquainted with the organization, the work culture, meeting Associates, etc. Next day on wards, there was no dearth of work.

A Daily Time Sheet is to be maintained. We were also asked to submit a Worksheet on the last day.
(Also, coffee and tea is available at all times!)

Main Tasks, Work Environment & Stipend:
Interns are not assigned to a particular Associate/Department. My work revolved around Real Estate & Capital Markets.

Main tasks included the following:
Due Diligence- I assisted in two Due Diligence projects. I was asked to compile and analyse the documents, make a List of Documents and also draft Requisition Lists for clients.

We were also asked to draft Schedules for the Due Diligence Report. The best part of working on a Due Diligence is the interaction with Senior Associates and the Partner.

There was lot of interaction between the interns and the Senior Associates/Partners. Interns are completely involved in the ongoing work which is very encouraging.

Interns are also included in any Meetings held for a particular project. Research- I got very little research work as I was more involved in the Due Diligence projects.

Research was carried out on : (a) Takeover Code (b) Companies (Share Capital and Debentures Rules), 2014

Work Environment:
Everyone is extremely friendly and approachable. The Associates are very chilled out. We even went out for lunch couple of times.

The Associates explained the work very elaborately and responded to all queries with patience. The Senior Associates are also very encouraging.

On the last day of my internship, all the Associates I had worked for gave me lot of positive feedback.

Rs. 1500/week.

Accommodation & Places to eat:
I stayed at my own place in Worli, which is not very far away from Fort area, and thus I didn’t face any problems. Not many eating options.

You can order food from restaurants in Fort or eat in National Restaurant. Also, do visit Britannia & Co. Restaurant. Their Chicken Berry Pulav is simply divine!

Good & Bad Things:
I personally loved the work environment. Everyone was ready to help and very encouraging. Interns used to put on headphones and work. Also, there were about 30 interns and yet I got plenty of work.

I cannot think of anything bad, really.

Internship Tip:
Once you intern with JSA, it is quite easy to get a second internship/extension. If you are in the 4th/5th year, you can intern again, for higher job prospects.

The entry was submitted for Summer Internship Experience Writing Competition organized by LexisNexis and Lawctopus. was the learning partner for the competition.

Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus' official views on the internship.

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