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Careers Counsel: good internship CV?

Question: I am not sure how to go about making a good CV which will bag me a good internship. I've only interned once with a small law firm in Mumbai so that is the only experience I have. Can you please give me some suggestions?

Sneha Vardhan, third year student on five-year BSL-LLB program at ILS Law College, Pune

Answer: Coming from academic studies, internship is the first step towards practical training in making a lawyer. I think all law students must take it very seriously.

But you should know that getting internships in big law firms is becoming increasingly difficult.

Hence preparing a good CV for internship is extremely important.

The CV should be simple and to the point and addressed to the right person in the law firm.

The qualification column should contain the name of the school / college that you attended during X and XII standard, marks that you obtained and a brief description of the extra-curricular activities that you participated in.

Please state if you have prepared any research paper, attended moot curt, delivered any lecture or presentation.

The CV has to be very factual and concise, maybe around 750 to 900 words with no typographical errors.

Most importantly, before applying for internship it would be useful for you to speak with your colleagues to find out general information about the firm and his or her experience of interning in that particular law firm.

It would help you preparing yourself whilst the doing the internship and managing your expectation of the firm.
By Nitin Potdar (pictured), partner J Sagar Associates (JSA) Mumbai

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