Over the last 5 years of running Lawctopus.com, internship experiences shared by our readers have been our forte.
We strongly believe that internships are the best way to learn the law; helping you not only to become a better professional but a better person too!
To further incentivize law students across India to write internship experiences that are more detailed and helpful and to encourage students with top-notch writing skills to write them, we partnered with LexisNexis to organize the The LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-16.
After a long and eager wait (really, look at the comments here), we are happy and honored to announce the results for the LexisNexis Lawctopus Internship Writing Competition 2015-16.
But first up, some comments are in order
While working on (formatting) and publishing the entries, we’ve been awed on more than a dozen occasions!
This leg of the competition saw some truly phenomenal entries; the extremely well-written and the very useful ones.
Thank you, dear law students, for participating in such large numbers; the competition saw nearly 300 entries.
Also, a big thanks to our name partners, LexisNexis and our learning partners iPleaders.
As tough as CLAT (well, nearly)
Unfortunately, on 13 top entries could get the rewards. Such was the intensity of the competition that there’s very little separating, say, the 10th best entry and the 20th best entry.
Choosing the best 13 out of 300 odd entries means that only 1 out of 23 entries win. Interestingly, the ratio is pretty similar to the CLAT exam.
And hence, just like in competitions like CLAT, we won’t shy away from saying that what separated such (nearly) equally good entries was just good old luck.
Hats-off to our Judges: Apurva Vishwanath and Suhail Mathur
Having said that, we’d like to whole-heartedly thank and acknowledge the judges for this competition, who agreed to rate the short-listed entries at a short notice.
Thank you Apurva Vishwanath and Suhail Mathur, for taking time out of your busy schedules and rating the entries.
Apurva Vishwanath is a journalist based in New Delhi.
She graduated from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University in 2015.
Suhail Mathur, a graduate of NLU Delhi is an Indian corporate lawyer and author, best known for his book The Bhairav Putras.
We’d also like to thank our erstwhile student editor, Deepshi Singh, who helped in short-listing the entries and Palak Pathak who helped in preparing the docket for the judges.
A big shout-out to our college managers too, who spread the word on this competition like anything!
A word from Apurva Vishwanath
Apurva Vishwanath had the below comments to make on the write-ups in general:
1. I see many students have written extensively of the work culture and work environment. I am sure everyone’s heard of law offices/ top firms lacking in that.
While internships are a trial run, keep in mind what the firm has to offer in terms of work culture- how colleagues are treated etc. when you apply for jobs.
Bosses being arrogant and shouting at you is not okay, no matter what people tell you to the contrary.
2. I also noticed differences in adjectives describing male and female employers.
While you may have not intentionally chosen those words, keep in mind the sexist overtones they convey.
As law students, we have greater responsibility to understand these nuances and rinse them off out system consciously.
Published, unpublished: What’s the difference
Just to reiterate, we received nearly 300 entries for this competition.
Some of the entries have been published, some have been not.
This is because formatting the content and SEO takes time. By mid-June, all the publishable entries will be published on the website.
To ensure transparency, we’ll ensure that all the prize-winning entries (five of which have not been published) are published by April 15.
Full disclosure: We did not take into account ‘early submissions’ marks for arriving at the results.
We’ve put the judges’ scores like this:
The judges were supposed to rate the entries out of 50 marks for being well-written and out of 50 marks for being detailed and useful (DU) and well-written (WW).
The first column is Suhail’s marks for WW; the second is Suhail’s marks for DU.
The third column is Apurva’s marks for WW; the fourth is Apurva’s marks for DU.
The below entries win: Cash prize of Rs. 2000 each + LexisNexis Books worth Rs. 2000 each + iPleaders’ discount voucher worth Rs. 3000 + LexisNexis’ LexisGreen Smart Pack worth Rs. 3095 + a certificate issued by LexisNexis India. Total takeaways worth Rs. 7,095 each
Rank 8: Yash Raj, Gujarat National Law University*
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