We are on the hunt for India’s sharpest and most confident legal journalism and commercial publishing interns who can prove their mettle by way of blog: say hello to Legally Talented.
Finally after many, many requests Legally India is now ready to offer internships to law students.
But rather than going the old-fashioned way of covering letter and CV we invite interested candidates to apply by demonstrating their thinking and writing abilities in blog posts on Legally India’s all new and vastly improved blogging platform (it’s as simple as using Gmail or Facebook and you can now even insert Google Ads to make some money from your blog posts).
How to apply?
The topic can be almost anything that is vaguely related to law: write about legal education, legal practice, interning, careers advice, campus life, legal analysis, legal fiction or very well thought-out and innovative business ideas for Legally India, or take your inspiration from some of the winners of our first wildly successful blogging competition, or the 2012 follow-up competition, which is now rolling month-by-month.
The other criteria: your writing should be clear and to-the-point, you must demonstrate original thought, spelling and grammar should be top-notch and posts should be of a reasonable length (preferably below 800 words). And you should not just copy-paste your latest term paper or articles already published elsewhere.
You can post as many blogs as you like and each post will be considered on its own merits. However, if several blogs are posted consistency in blogging quality may also be taken into account positively (or negatively).
Attention to detail and carefully following these competition rules will be vital. At the very, very least spend as much time as on your post as you would when applying to a law firm with a CV a customised cover letter.
You must be available to work full-time for four weeks in Mumbai or Delhi (our working hours are reasonable). We also offer virtual internships, where you can work from home full-time over the internet for a set time period.
We will choose interns on a rolling basis from all blogs tagged with “talented” (e.g. there is no deadline).
And to mirror the reality TV show format we will also take account of readers’ views and feedback expressed via comments and ‘likes’ on Facebook and Twitter tweets.
What we promise is one of the most unconventional internships in the Indian legal sector in a fun, informal working environment at India’s best and most widely-read online legal publication.
You would get a selection of hands-on experience and instruction in journalism, write news stories and articles, do varied and unusual work on the commercial side of a young internet start-up, have the opportunity to make good contacts in the legal field, create unique CV experience and be given much more if you’re good enough.
We will pay a stipend of up to Rs 10,000 per month for a non-virtual internship, plus some other perks and freebies.
Internships should usually last at least four weeks; dates are flexible and subject to discussion.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask anonymously or otherwise in the comments below.
Good luck! (and please re-read the criteria in “How to apply” before you post)