Law feels like the most underdog profession among all the professions. It takes 5 years to study law along with rigorous hours of internships, years of practice, and best of skills to finally earn a decent salary.
They say practicing law is only a good idea if you have a family that’s into the profession and a well set up office. However, that may not be true in today’s date.
There are many old and reputed companies like J Sagar Associates, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, Khaitan & Co etc. that have been in this business for many years. These companies offer internships and give a fair chance to aspiring lawyers. Not only that, the chances of landing a full-time job in these companies also become stronger once the student successfully completes his/her 5 years of college and the internship.
The ideal time to start with law internships in India, is when the students are in the third year of college. It’s better to start early to grow in the field quickly. So let’s take a look at top 5 law firms that are perfect for summer internships in 2017.
J Sagar Associates
Jyoti Sagar Associates is one of the top law firms in India. They have offices in Ahmadabad, Gurugram, Mumbai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Chennai. Their mission is to provide outstanding legal solutions in the chosen practice areas with a strong emphasis on ethics.
Number of partners associates: 72
Number of lawyers: 292
What will you do?
Law interns at JSA would work with different practice groups in rotation, learning on-the-job and developing soft skills alike. For this, they would receive a comprehensive training, a nominal bonus and work within a stipulated code of conduct.
Who can apply?
- 3rd-year students of a 5-year law program
- 2nd and Final Year ones from a 3-year LLB Program,
- Students waiting for their results; those in an LLM Program
- International students from overseas law schools
Students with superior academic credentials, willingness to learn, motivation, energy and initiative will be welcomed. Apply at least 4-6 months in advance – you’ll get a nod probably 3 weeks in advance.
You can apply online here.
Khaitan & Co.:
Founded in 1911, Khaitan & Co is one of the oldest and largest full-service Indian law firms. They boast an extensive list of national and international clients spread all across the globe.
Khaitan & Co have offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru.
Number of partners associates: 81
Number of lawyers: 354
What is the internship program?
Khaitan & Co hires directly, through campus recruitment programs and from lateral hiring programs for internships across the year. They also encourage students to send transcripts and resumes directly.
Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
This is a full-service legal firm that Rajiv K. Luthra founded in 1990. Since its inception, it has only seen a range of success stories from various backgrounds. The company has offices in cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.
Number of partners associates: 42
Number of lawyers: 292
Though we do not have an official confirmation, Glassdoor shares that interns receive a stipend salary between Rs 6000 to Rs 7000.
Economic Law Practices
ELP is a leading full-service law firm based in Mumbai. It was established in the year 2001 by well-known lawyers from diverse fields. They have offices in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Ahmadabad.
Number of partners associates: 25
Number of lawyers: 129
What is the internship program all about?
Labelled an early career program, it is also a step-in into the firm. You would receive assignments across practice groups, allowing you to identify your area of interest – working between a month to 3 months.
Who can apply?
- 3rd-year and above students of a 5-year law program
- All students from a 3-year LLB Program,
- Prior exposure to legal work (internships and otherwise)
- Higher knowledge assessment scores, willingness to learn
Amarchand, Mangaldas, Suresh A Shroff & Co
AMSS was the largest law firm in India until 2013. In 2015, they split and are now known as Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. They have headquarters in Delhi and Mumbai and offices in Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmadabad, and Kolkata.
Number of partners associates: 85
Number of lawyers: 600
Intern in Khaitan, Luthra, AMSS, ELP or JSA and be rest assured that you will be a highly-skilled professional who will enjoy a successful career. Apart from these, there are many reputed law firms which also promise a good work experience.