In this article, Ana Khan gives a list of ten best legal research internships in India.


Theory and Practical are the two important segments of any curriculum and in the professional courses like LLB, the practical aspect plays an important role. Though law school teaches every student the theoretical aspects in depth but the application of these aspects are not covered under any law school. For the purpose of understanding the applicability of the law, it is mandatory for every law student to do an internship and learn the practicality of the profession.

Where to find legal internships.

There are various online portals through which internship can be applied at various organizations.

Some of the websites are mentioned below:

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How to apply for an internship

  1. Search for any law firm, NGO or any research organization in which you would like to intern.
  2. Find the relevant email id of the organization/firm for the internship application.
  3. Make your CV/Cover Letter for the purpose of internship and send it to the organization.
  4. Keep the track of your application by reminding them once in a week (not more than that).

Best Legal Research Internships in India

Legal research internships are found at various Research Organizations, NGO, Lawyers, Government Organizations, Companies and Law firms. All are discussed below:

PRS Legislative

PRS track the functioning of the Parliament and works with the MP’s and MLA’s. Interns can assist these MP’s and MLA’s with their work. During the Parliament session, interns have to work for the upcoming issues and during the non-session periods, the interest of the individual is taken into consideration.

Main tasks assigned:

  1. The work mainly involves data inferences, assisting in research for a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
  2. On the last day of the internship, interns are expected to submit a report and make the presentation on the same.

Work Culture:

  1. All the analyst are easily approachable and very eager to answer the questions you ask.
  2. They will always make sure to provide you with some work


No stipend.

Application Procedure:

Interested persons can fill in the application form. The form has to be filled out in one session, and there is no option of saving responses.  You are expected to:

  1. write a short statement of purpose (not more than 500 words)
  2. upload an up-to-date resume in PDF format
  3. upload a writing sample of any policy issue. (not more than 1000 words) in PDF format

Contact details:

New Delhi office PRS Legislative Research

3rd Floor, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,

212, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg,

New Delhi – 110002

Tel: (011) 2323 4801-02

Email: [email protected]

Centre for Legislative Research & Advocacy

CLRA is an independent not-for-profit research organization which focuses on research, advocacy, and networking where you have given a chance to assist the Member of Parliament. CLRA works closely with civil society groups, parliamentary institutions, legislators, political parties, civil servants, and media to create participatory and collective wisdom and praxis in the policy and decision-making process.

Main tasks assigned:

  1. The work is mainly research-based.
  2. Making reports and questions which Member of Parliament could ask in the session.

Work Culture:

The Work environment is very relaxed. MPs are really supportive and always eager to answer your questions.


No stipend.

Application Procedure

Please ensure that your Internship CV adheres to the basic guidelines before hitting submit button. Interested candidates can send their CVs to [email protected]om or [email protected]g

Contact Details

  New Delhi Office Centre for Legislative Research and Advocacy (CLRA)

C/o IMPF, 173, North Avenue, New Delhi – 110001


[email protected], [email protected]

Centre for Public Policy Research

Centre for Public Policy Research is a research organization dedicated to extensive and in-depth research on current economic, social, and political issues.

Main tasks assigned

  1. To observe proceedings with court officials, lawyers, and police.
  2. Translation of documents from Hindi to English.

Work Culture

The staff is really hard working and inspires the interns to work more.


No stipend

Application Procedure

To apply as an Intern, please Click here to fill the online Application form

Those interested in part-time jobs or volunteering can also apply

Contact Details

New Delhi Office Centre for Public Policy Research

B5/143, Safdarjung Enclave,New Delhi- 110029, India.

Email [email protected]

Kochi Office Centre for Public Policy Research

‘Anitha’, 1st floor

S.A Road, Elamkulam,

Kochi- 682020, Kerala, India

Ph: +91 484 4043895

 Center for Death Penalty, NLU Delhi

The center on the death penalty is providing internship policy on the rolling basis. The name has been transformed to Project 39a. The policy launched to develop a robust and rewarding internship programme that will provide meaningful exposure to the complexities and nuances, in particular, of the administration of the death penalty and the criminal justice system in India.

Main tasks assigned

  1. Interns may be asked to assist in litigation activities, research projects or initiative public outreach.
  2. Interns will also be expected to assist in administrative matters.

Work Culture

Going by the reputation of the college, the expectation from the internship is very high.


Rs.10,000 for every 4 week period of internship.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants must send the following information–

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter indicating the programme enrolled in, current year of study, the name of the university and the exact dates of the internship
  3. Statement of Purpose of not more than 500 words explaining their interest in interning with the Centre.

The application form is accessible here:

NOTE-Applicants should apply at least 8 weeks but not more than 12 weeks in advance from the proposed date of their internship. Please allow for at least 4 weeks for processing the applications.

Contact Details-

New Delhi Project 39A

National Law University, Delhi

Sector 14, Dwarka,

New Delhi – 110078

Phone no. +91 11 2803 2533

Fax no. +91 11 2803 6432

[email protected]

Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy

The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy is an independent think tank doing legal research and assisting the government in making better laws. Vidhi is committed to producing legal research of the highest standard with the aim of informing public debate and contributing to improved governance.

Main tasks assigned

  1. To compile a list of cases which is filed to the Supreme Court by the NGO.
  2. To prepare a case analysis/case brief.
  3. To prepare a list of cases disposed of by various tribunal each year.

Work Culture

The staff is really cooperative and one of the best legal research internships.


No stipend

Application Procedure

  • The application for an internship should be submitted by clicking on the link below. Please note that the link will remain active only for the first 20 days of every month.
  • Applicants are required to apply 2 (two) to 6 (six) months prior to the proposed date of the internship.

The internship form is accessible here:

Contact Details-




D-359, Lower Ground Floor, Defence Colony

New Delhi 110024

011 4310 2767

BENGALURU BRANCH 43, Residency Road, Shanthala Nagar,

Bengaluru 560025

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

For biotechnology or environmental law freaks, there is no better place than TERI to invest your time in. One of the largest developing institutions, it does not have a formal internship program. It ensures a range of research opportunities’ for its interns in areas of environmental law jurisprudence, sustainable development and the like. Apply soon, you may just be the next Marshall Eriksen!

Main tasks assigned

  1. To do research work.
  2. Data entries and tabulations as excel sheet.

Work Culture

The staff is generally quite helpful and it depends upon your mentor.


No stipend.

Application Procedure

Click the link below to apply.

Contact Details:

New Delhi, Lodhi Road Branch Darbari Seth Block,

IHC Complex, Lodhi Road,

New Delhi – 110 003, INDIA

Tel: (+91 11) 2468 2100, 4150 4900

Fax: (+91 11) 2468 2144, 2468 2145

Email: [email protected]. (TERI)

New Delhi, Vasant Kunj Branch Plot No. 10, Institutional Area,

Vasant Kunj,

New Delhi – 110 070

Tel: (011) 7180 0222 (25 lines)

Fax: (011) 2612 2874

Email: [email protected]

Gurugram (Gurgaon) Branch Gurgaon – Faridabad Road,

Opposite Pathways School,

Gwal Pahari,

Gurugram – 122 102

HRLN (Human Rights Law and Network)

HRLN is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. HRLN provides pro-bono legal services to those with little or no access to the justice system, conducts litigation in the public interest, engages in advocacy, runs helplines, conducts legal awareness programmes.

Main tasks assigned

  1. The main task is mostly research work, drafting applications, affidavits.
  2. The legal work which was assigned also includes the personal meeting of clients.
  3. Work of translation is also being given to the interns.
  4. Research on what the Supreme Court held in Human Rights cases.

Work culture

Employees are very humble and delegate some of their work to the interns to provide them with work experience.


No stipend

Application Procedure

If you are interested to undertake an internship programme, please send your application form, a recommendation letter, writing sample and CV to [email protected] with a title in the subject line of your email: ‘Internship at SLIC: (mention month)’.

Download Application Form

Contact Details


Chandigarh Branch Human Rights Law Network

# 3177/2, Sector-44 D


Tel: 0172-4603177                

Email: [email protected]

Uttar Pradesh Branch Human Rights Law Network

20-A, Hastings Road, Ashok Nagar,

Allahabad – 211 001

Email: [email protected]

Bangalore Branch Human Rights Law Network

No.20, Park Road, Tasker Town

Shivaji Nagar

Bangalore -560051

West Bengal Branch Human Rights Law Network

3, Parbati Chakraborty lane

Flat-1A, Sohini Apartment


Telephone No: +91-33-4008-3355

Email: [email protected]

Mumbai Branch Human Rights Law Network

First Floor, Jalaram Krupa

61, Janmabhoomi Marg

Fort, Mumbai – 400 001

Tel: +91-22-2282 0109/2282 0192

Email: [email protected]

New Delhi Branch 576, Masjid Road, Jangpura

New Delhi – 110014



[email protected]

Madhya Pradesh Branch Human Rights Law Network




PIN – 462016


[email protected]

The other branches of HRLN are Shimla, Dharamshala, Almora, Tehri, Jaipur, Srinagar, Chennai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Cuttack, Imphal, Itanagar, Gangtok, Kohima, Guwahati, Ranchi, Patna, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Indore, Raipur.


PUCL is a human rights organization formed by Jay Prakash Narayan as People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Democratic Rights (PUCLDR) later the name changed to People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

Main tasks assigned

  1. Visit shelter homes, consumer courts and make a report regarding this.
  2. Submit a report on a legal issue.
  3. If you’re lucky enough you’ll get a chance to attend seminars based on any legal and social issue.

Work Culture

The staff is very friendly and always encouraged to ask more and more questions.


No stipend

How to apply:

Drop your CV and Cover letter at [email protected]

Contact Details:

New Delhi Branch 270-A, Patparganj,

Opp Anand Lok Apartments,

Mayur Vihar I, Delhi 110 091

India+91-011-2275 0014 (phone);

+91-011-4215 1459 pp (fax)

Jaipur Branch 48, Van Vihar, Tonk Phatak, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302018


The Public Interest Legal Support and Research Centre (PILSARC) is a non-profit legal backup center based in Delhi. It provides support to various Human Rights Institution.

Main tasks assigned

  1. The main task is to do a lot of research on Refugee Law.
  2. The other task to do is drafting of legal opinions.

Work Culture

The office is highly resourceful and the workplace is very friendly.


No stipend

Application Procedure

If you wish yourself to apply here, mail your applications at  [email protected] or [email protected].

Contact Details:

New Delhi A-131, New Friends Colony, 110065,

Email: [email protected]


iPleaders consists of a team of lawyers hell-bent on figuring out ways to make the law more accessible. A major focus area of iPleaders has been researching and developing resources through blogging, educational resources, workshops, and interactive software that entrepreneurs can use themselves as an aid during decision making

Main tasks assigned

  1. The main task is to write blogs for the iPleaders and some of them will be published on the website, you have to write about the legal issues which will be provided by the mentor.
  2. You have to do a lot of research work on the issue.

Work Culture

The staff is very friendly. As the staff is very young there is no such thing as “generation gap”, they all will understand your problem and situation. The only thing to keep in your mind is your “work” and “timings”, they are very punctual about the timings, that is, from 10 am to 7:30 pm.


The stipend is paid on the performance basis like if you complete 50 articles during the tenure of your internship, then you will get Rs.5000/- as a stipend.

Application Procedure

Drop your CV along with Cover Letter at [email protected]

Contact Details:

Delhi Office 33A, 1st Floor,

M. B. Main Road, Saidulajab,


Kolkata Office Technopreneurs Surrogate Ventures,

2nd Floor, Techno India University,

EM1/4, Sector V, Salt Lake,

Kolkata: 700091

Goa Office Bootstart, Greenland View,

Dandoswada. Mandrem,

Goa: 403527

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