In this article, Astha Gupta of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab gives a list of best corporate law internships in India.

Introduction

Internships are imperative for any law student to understand the pragmatic and experiential aspects of the theoretical knowledge provided for in the textbook learning of law schools. Internships act as a facilitator to clueless law students in deciding their career path. It helps them understand which field of law fascinates them the most and at the very same time, helps them discern the type of work they are good at.

Corporate Law Internship

Corporate law is a very pivotal branch of law as a profession. A corporate law internship helps in an in-depth understanding of the corporate issues that are of great importance to all the members of the corporate world.

As far as a corporate law internship is concerned, it benefits the law student in multifarious ways. Some of which are listed below:

  • Better professional network

A corporate law internship helps in building a good professional network which subsequently leads to better job opportunities in the future. Additionally, as law students, maintaining a good professional network is as important as having firm knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of law.

  • Pre-Placement Offers (PPOs)

The interns get to know a lot about the company and its functionality during their tenure. Hence, they become the obvious preference of the company in case of good work being done by them. Hiring them as full-time employees save a lot of time and energy wasted in the in-job-training of the new employees.

  • Practical understanding

As aforementioned, these kinds of internships provides a practical understanding of the theoretical knowledge. Also, these internships are the closest to the actual corporate work culture and hence help in brushing up a student’s skills to do a corporate job later in life.

In a nutshell, corporate law internships are recommended immaterial of being interested in that field of law or not because the learning that it entails is imperative for any law student’s overall learning.

Best corporate law internships in India

Luthra and Luthra Law Offices (L&L)

L&L is one of the premium law Firm’s of the country and they surely strive every day and every hour to be there. The Firm also works with several International Law Firms advising them and their clients on various aspects of Indian law.

Main Practice Areas

  1. Arbitration
  2. Aviation
  3. Banking and Finance
  4. Capital Markets and Securities Law
  5. Antitrust law
  6. Corporate
  7. Education
  8. Energy and Natural resources
  9. Environmental Law
  10. Human Resources and Employment
  11. Infrastructure
  12. Insurance
  13. Intellectual Property
  14. Managed funds
  15. Pro Bono work
  16. Venture capital, funds and private equity
  17. Project Finance
  18. Real Estate
  19. Tax
  20. International Trade

Key clients

  1. Apple Inc.
  2. Asian Development Bank,
  3. Citibank,
  4. DLF Group,
  5. Dr Lal Path Labs,
  6. Emerson Electric Co.
  7. Facebook Inc.
  8. Ford Foundation
  9. Godrej Group
  10. Goldman Sachs
  11. Google Inc.
  12. Intel Corporation
  13. JP Morgan India
  14. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE
  15. Maruti Suzuki
  16. Morgan Stanley
  17. Ola Cabs
  18. Samsung
  19. State Bank of India
  20. Tata-Starbucks
  21. The World Bank
  22. Yahoo Inc.
  23. Yes Bank
  24. Zee Group

Offices

New Delhi 103, Ashoka Estate,

Barakhamba Road,

&

9th Floor, Ashoka Estate,

Barakhamba Road,

New Delhi – 110 001

Ph.: +91-11-4121 5100

Fax: +91-11-2372 3909

Email: [email protected]

Mumbai Indiabulls Finance Center,

Tower 2 Unit A2,

20th Floor,

Elphinstone Road,

Senapati Bapat Marg,

Mumbai – 400 013

Ph.: +91-22-6630 3600, +91-22-4354 7000

Fax: +91-22-6630 3700,

Email: [email protected]

Bengaluru 3rd Floor, Onyx Centre

No.05, Museum Road

Bengaluru – 560 001

Karnataka (India)

E-mail: [email protected]

Hyderabad 3rd Floor, Plot No. 8-2-619/1

Road No. 11, Banjara Hills

Hyderabad – 500 034, Telangana

Tel: +91 40 66206662

E-mail: [email protected]

To view maps to the offices, click here.

Stipend

Usually no stipend is given. However, when it is given (very rarely), preference is always given to students from National Law Universities.

Main tasks assigned

Major tasks involve research and drafting. However, you can be handed over any kind of work including even clerical tasks. They have a wide range of areas that they specialise in and hence, you get to work in varied practice areas.

Work Culture

However professional the work environment might be, there is complete accountability of the associates. Interns can approach the authorities and ask their queries and doubts regarding the work assigned. Also, interns from all the good law schools show up and hence a healthy interaction makes it all the more a learning experience.

Application Procedure

To apply for the internship, one has to send their CV to Miss Khushboo Chester (HR Assistant Manager) at [email protected]. Since they respond quite late, it is advisable to send applications well in advance to the internship dates.

Trilegal

Trilegal was established by former graduates from NLSIU; the three graduates did independent practice for a year and then subsequently got merged and the newly formed firm which came to be known as ‘Trilegal’. It is now one of the leading law firms in the country.

Main Practice Areas

  1. Corporate
  2. Mergers and Acquisitions
  3. Financial Services
  4. TMT
  5. Energy and Infrastructure
  6. Disputes
  7. Competition
  8. Capital Markets
  9. Employment
  10. Real Estate
  11. Tax

Key clients

  1. Shriram Properties Pvt. Ltd. and Sun-Apollo Investment Holding LLC
  2. Tata Communications Limited
  3. Axis Trustee and Standard Chartered Bank
  4. Thomson Reuters
  5. Telenor ASA
  6. Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. PJSC (TAQA)
  7. Axiom Telecom
  8. Noble Group

Offices

Mumbai Peninsula Business Park

17th Floor, Tower B,

Ganpat Rao Kadam Marg,

Lower Parel (West),

Mumbai:- 400 013

T: +91 22 4079 1000

Gurgaon 5th Floor, Tower 4B

DLF Corporate Park

DLF City Phase-3

MG Road, Gurgaon 122002

T: +91 124 625 3200

Bangalore The Residency

7th Floor, 133/1, Residency Road

Bangalore 560025

T +91 80 4343 4646

Delhi 311 B

DLF South Court, Saket

New Delhi 110017

T: +91 11 4163 9393

To view maps to the offices, click here.

Stipend

One thing that remains common to all the offices is that no stipend is given to people who come through contacts.

Stipend for interns who got in themselves usually is ₹15,000/- for a month which varies a bit from office to office.

Main tasks assigned

The main tasks assigned are two-fold, research work, and work based on due diligence. However, you can be allotted any kind of work from the plethora of areas they specialise in.

Work Culture

Work environment is a blend of professionalism and casual chit-chats. All of this comes down to the quality of work that you do. The associates usually friendly, but if you don’t complete your assignments on time and matching a particular standard, you are sure to get bashed.

Application Procedure

Go to their official website (or click here). The following form will open up. You can fill in your details and wait for an assessment mail.

After filling up the form, prospective interns are required to complete a minimum of five legal assessments related to a general law issue wherein you will be required not only to research on the given topic, statute, and related case laws but also to give your opinions on the possible outcome.

Khaitan & Co.

Founded in 1911, Khaitan & Co. is one of the oldest and largest Indian law firms. Combining a rich heritage of over a hundred years with a modern and cutting-edge practice, the firm offers full service legal solutions to our domestic and international clients.

Main Practice Areas

  1. Banking and Finance
  2. Corporate and Commercial
  3. Estate planning, trusts and private clients
  4. Labour and Employment
  5. Technology, media and telecommunications
  6. Capital Markets
  7. Dispute Resolution
  8. Funds
  9. Real estate
  10. White collar crime
  11. Competition/Antitrust
  12. Energy, Infrastructure and resources
  13. Intellectual Property
  14. Direct tax
  15. Indirect tax

Key clients

  1. Royal Dutch Shell
  2. International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  3. Alkem Laboratories
  4. Kalyani Group
  5. Hindalco Industries
  6. Indus Towers
  7. Jindal Steel & Power

Offices

Corporate office (Kolkata) Khaitan Electricals Limited

46C. J.L. Nehru Road,

Kolkata – 700 071, (WEST BENGAL, INDIA)

Ph. No : +91-33-2888391,40505000

Fax No : +91-33-2883961

Email: [email protected]

New Delhi Khaitan Electricals Limited

1/23B, Asaf Ali Road

New Delhi – 110 002.

Ph. No.: +91-11-30481007/8/9

Fax No.: +91-11 23236321

Email: [email protected]

 

Khaitan Electricals Limited

46, Janpath (Tolstoy Lane)

New Delhi – 110 001.

Ph. No.: +91-11-30484748/47474749

Fax No.: +91-11-30484746

Email: [email protected]

Mumbai Khaitan Chamber

143/145, Modi Street Fort

Mumbai- 400 001. (Maharashtra)

Ph. No.: +91-22-66102468/67/64

Fax. No.: +91-22-66102473

Email: [email protected]

Chennai Apex Chamber

20/18, Sir Thiagaraya Road,

T. Nagar, Chennai- 600 017 (TamilNadu)

Ph. No.: +91-44-24355933/34

Telefax No: +91-44-24355935

Email: [email protected]

Also, there are branches in Faridabad, Panchkula, Ghaziabad, Ranchi, Rishikesh, Guwahati, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Raipur, Patna, Kochi, Indore, Jaipur, Cuttack, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Calcutta.

Stipend

There is absolutely no uniform rule for the amount of stipend given. A decent amount usually ranging from ₹5,000/- to ₹8,000/- a month is given. Again, this entirely depends on the kind of work you do at the firm.

Main tasks assigned

There is no specific kind of work that will be allotted as the firm specialises in a plethora of areas and you’ll be mostly assigned a good amount of work. However, at the very same time, you may even have a dearth of work depending on your performance. Also, be ready to do quite a bit of clerical work.

Work Culture

Quite different from the popular perception of a top-notch law firm, the place has a rather congenial work culture. The associates and partners are very friendly and usually ready to help. Even after having a lot of work to do, the positive atmosphere and the ability to learn a lot about the corporate culture makes the experience a lot less taxing.

Application Procedure

Students from law schools with which the company runs coordinated internship programs can contact their respective campus coordination committee for further details.

Others can write to the firm at [email protected] with their resumes and transcripts.

AZB & Partners

AZB aims to provide clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment within which our clients operate and a full understanding of their overall business objectives. The legal services rendered by AZB & Partners covers the corporate, commercial, regulatory, financial and tax planning aspects of modern businesses.

Main Practice Areas

  1. Arbitration
  2. Aviation
  3. Banking & Finance
  4. Competition/Antitrust
  5. Corporate M&A
  6. Litigation
  7. Private Equity
  8. Projects & Infrastructure
  9. Real Estate, Tax
  10. Regulatory Practice & Securities Law
  11. Funds Practice
  12. Micro-Finance
  13. Derivatives
  14. Intellectual Property
  15. Media & Entertainment
  16. IT & Business Process Outsourcing
  17. Employment
  18. Insurance
  19. Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

Key clients

  1. Lafarge Holcim’s
  2. KKR & Co. Ltd. Yokohama Rubber
  3. Standard Chartered
  4. Kotak Mahindra Bank
  5. HDFC
  6. SBI Life Insurance IPO
  7. Flipkart
  8. Central Depository Services Ltd

Offices

Mumbai Peninsula Corporate Park,

Ganpatrao Kadam Marg.,

Lower Parel,

Mumbai,

Maharashtra

India

400013

Tel +91 22 66396880

Fax +91 22 66396888

Email : [email protected]

Website : www.azbpartners.com

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Sakhar Bhavan,

4th Floor,

230 Nariman Point,

Mumbai,

Maharashtra

India

400021

Tel +91 22 6639 6880

Fax +91 22 4910 0699

Email : [email protected]

Gurgaon Unitech Cyber Park,

602 Tower B,

6th Floor,

Sector 39,

Gurgaon,

Haryana

India

122001

Tel +91 124 4200296

Fax +91 124 4038310

Email : [email protected]

Pune Onyx Towers, 1101/B,

11th Floor,

North Main Road,

Koregaon Park,

Pune,

Maharashtra

India

411001

Tel +91 20 6725 6666

Fax +91 20 6725 6600

Email : [email protected]

New Delhi Plot No. A8, Sector 4 Noida,

New Delhi,

Delhi

India

201301

Tel +91 120 417 9999

Fax +91 120 417 9900

Email : [email protected]

Bangalore 7th Floor,

Embassy Icon,

Infantry Road,

Bangalore,

Karnataka

India

560 001

Tel +91 80 4240 0500

Fax +91 80 2221 3947

Email : [email protected]

Stipend

The stipend here completely depends on the quality of work done. You may not get any stipend at all or may get upto maybe ₹5,000/. You will have to work very hard to get a decent amount.

Main tasks assigned

Like most of the law firm internships, you’ll get to work on varied topics and areas of the profession. However, they mostly stick to the area you choose to work in. Rarely you are given work that is outside the purview of the chosen area. However, you should be ready for whatever work is given to immaterial of whether you have studied that topic or not.

Work Culture

Apart from getting good work, the second best thing is the amiable work environment which is common to almost all the big firms. You’ll get good associates who will guide you and help you whenever required.

Application Procedure

Send your CV and cover letter to the HR at least 6-7 months before the date of internship at recruitment ’place of internship’@azbpartners.com.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is set up on the foundation of this outstanding legal practice. The firm embraces this legacy, while also bringing its partners and associates together with a new blueprint for the future, based on a strong client-focused value system, a collaborative work culture and a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach to problem-solving.

Main Practice Areas

  1. Corporate & M&A
  2. Financing
  3. Capital Markets
  4. Litigation & Dispute resolution
  5. Competition
  6. Real estate
  7. Employment
  8. Private Client Practice
  9. Financial Regulatory Practice
  10. Tax
  11. Investment Funds
  12. Intellectual Property
  13. TMT
  14. Bankruptcy
  15. Investigation
  16. Life Sciences

Key clients

  1. Adani Group
  2. Birla Estates
  3. KKR India Asset Finance Private
  4. Prestige Estate Projects
  5. Sequoia Capital
  6. Kohlberg Kravis Robert (KKR)

Offices

Mumbai Peninsula Chambers, Peninsula Corporate Park, GK Marg,

Lower Parel, Mumbai – 400 013, India.

t: +91 22 2496 4455

f: +91 22 2496 3666

email: [email protected]

New Delhi 4th Floor, Prius Platinum, D-3, District Centre,

Saket, New Delhi – 110 017, India.

t: +91 11 6622 9000

f: +91 11 6622 9009

email: [email protected]

Bengaluru 201, Midford House, off. M. G. Road,

Bengaluru – 560 001, India.

t: +91 80 2558 4870

f: +91 80 2558 4266

email: [email protected]

Also, there are branches in Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmedabad.

Stipend

Most of the interns who work for four weeks are given a stipend. The amount of which depends on the quality of work that you do.

Main tasks assigned

Most of the work is usually research-oriented. However, the work assigned will depend on the team that you are working with.

Work Culture

The work environment is enriching and the associates that you will have to work for are also always ready to help.

Application Procedure

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to the HR at [email protected] or to the anyone else on the HR team.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (SAM & Co), founded on almost a century of legal achievement, is one of India’s leading full-service law firms. The firm’s mission is to enable business by providing solutions as trusted advisors through excellence, responsiveness, innovation and collaboration.

Main practice areas

  1. General corporate
  2. Banking & Finance
  3. Competition law
  4. Insolvency & Bankruptcy
  5. Dispute Resolution
  6. Projects & Project finance
  7. Capital markets
  8. Tax
  9. Intellectual property rights
  10. Venture capital.

Key clients

  1. Amazon India
  2. Rabo Equity Advisors
  3. IDFC Limited
  4. PVR Limited
  5. ReSources India
  6. Grofers

Offices

New Delhi Amarchand Towers

216 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III

New Delhi 110 020

T: +91 11 4159 0700, 4060 6060

Bengaluru Prestige Sterling Square

Madras Bank Road

Off Lavelle Road

Bengaluru 560 001

T +91 80 6674 9999

Mumbai Express Towers, 23rd Floor

Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021

T +91 22 4933 5555

41/42, Lloyds Centre Point, 4th Floor

Appasaheb Marathe Marg, Prabhadevi

Mumbai 400 025

T +91 22 2438 1196

Lentin Chambers

36, Dalal Street, Fort, Mumbai 400 001

T +91 22 2261 2131

Also, there are branches in Kolkata, Gurugram, Chennai and Ahmedabad.

Stipend

Usually, no stipend is given.

Main tasks assigned

The work given to the interns is diverse from research-related to even basic clerical work. The work is given irrespective of the area of work you have chosen.

Work Culture

Work culture, as can be expected from the top law firm in the country, is highly professional. However, most of the associates are easily approachable and helpful.

Application Procedure

Send your application to the HR of the firm, Ms. Manu Goel on her email [email protected] or to the anyone else on the HR team.

Apart from the aforementioned, the following are some of the firms which can be considered as good options:

  1. S&R Associates

  2. J Sagar And Associates (JSA)

  3. DSK Legal

  4. Lakshmisri (LKS)

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How to Ace your Internship

To hone your internship skills, do look through Ace your Internship program at lawSikho.

This course is designed to enable law students to tackle two major challenges: secure corporate internships (at corporate law firms or companies) and perform extraordinarily well so that you can get a job offer. Typical ways are securing a PPO (pre-placement offer), a job interview or a call back for a subsequent internship (with a sense that it may convert into a job offer).

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