Sairuchita Chowdhary, IV BSL LLB, ILS Law College, Pune.
Name and Location of the Firm:
ARA Law, Mumbai.
The Capital, 1001 C, B Wing,Bandra Kurla Complex,
Bandra (East) Mumbai – 400 051, India.
Tel : (+91 22) 6619 9800
It is a premier law firm with its main office in Mumbai and back office at Bangaluru which operates under the leadership of Mr. Rajesh N. Begur who is the Managing Partner of the firm. It is a full practice firm with a huge national and international clientele.
Duration of Internship and timings:
November 2, 2015 – December 2, 2015
Monday-Friday 9:30 am to 7 pm. (you may have to stay back late and come on weekends if there is work pending)
An application along with a detailed CV is to be sent to Ms. Pooja Chitalia, the associate in-charge of internships, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thereafter, a telephonic interview will be taken in a couple of days. In case you don’t receive any confirmation mail or call within a week, you can follow up by contacting the office as details provided above.
Accommodation and Travel:
I have a house at Worli so accommodation wasn’t a problem; but there is a variety of PGs and Hostels available across Mumbai, but Bandra area would be expensive. Best way to commute is by locals as taxis are very expensive and there is too much traffic in that area. Be prepared for long hours of travel unless living in BKC itself. If you choose to travel by train, the nearest station to the office is Bandra on the western line and Kurla on the Central line. Autos are available to and fro from the station to the office building.
First Impression and first day formalities:
The office is located at the 10th floor of the posh Capital Building at BKC. On the first day I was to report at 9 am. To get to the office, one has to go through security check and get a visitors pass issued at the reception of the building. This process has to be followed every day, however, if you are a long term intern, the firm will issue an access pass for you; so the tedious process of getting a visitors pass will not have to be complied with every day. After I reached the office, I was introduced to Pooja Ma’am who was in charge of all interns. She made sure that a computer was assigned interns. Thereafter I was formally introduced to the partner and other associates and immediately assigned work.
I was given an opportunity to conduct extensive research on various corporate law and ADR issues as per the requirement of the associates. Also, I assisted associates in drafting documents and in preparing due diligence reports. In the first week itself Pooja Ma’am allotted a research assignment to every intern. An article has to be written on the same and presented before the entire firm on the last day. Apart from this, other associates may also assign topics for writing articles which need to be submitted on a weekly basis.
Places to chill and eat
Generally everyone from the office, apart from the partner, eats together in the lunch area. One can order food from a variety of restaurants around the area; and there is an affordable cafeteria with a great menu on the first floor of the building. There is also a Starbucks and a couple of other good restaurants on the ground floor; and my personal favourite Theobroma Cafe which serves the best desserts ever.
Evening snacks are provided by the firm and there is unlimited supply of tea and coffee throughout the day.
Wearing formals everyday is compulsory. The best time to apply is during November or a time when GLC students are busy because could be too many interns working and less work otherwise. The work environment is very friendly and all the associates are extremely helpful and willing to teach.