This is the time when most of the law students finish their end term exams and get excited about their summer internship. People with internship records have a higher rate of employment .
The best time to start applying for an internship is the start of the semester. Because if you apply at the starting of the semester, you can follow-up with the screening process. You will also have plenty of time to apply to other firms. If you somehow missed applying at the starting of the semester, you can still apply during the semester. There are several other steps you can take to make sure you make most of your time at law school.
Here are the things you can do if you don’t have your internship yet –
- Keep applying – You shouldn’t be disheartened if you don’t have an internship yet and your friend bagged three-four internships. If you are still looking for an internship, be sure to keep an open mind and not get affected by the number of internships other are getting in your school. By casting a wide net and applying for any paid internship that could help you gain helpful experience, you may find a surprising opportunity that could open your eyes to a new career you hadn’t previously considered. You can also follow up with the law firms and companies in which you have already interned. You should Send applications in advance. Research on the places where you want to apply. Prepare a list of all the companies/firms etc and find out the email ids on which you need to apply. Do all this work for about 3-4 days before sending the applications. Also, send the applications well in advance. Law firms in India do not entertain applications if they aren’t sent at least 3-4 months before the desired dates of the internship.
- Networking – You have to make sure that you have a good network of people in your profession. Most of us take this very lightly. It becomes very easier to know about various opportunities when you know the right people in the market. Additionally, You should also use Linkedin wisely. It is one of the best platforms for networking. By casting a wide net and applying for any paid internship that could help you gain helpful experience, you may find a surprising opportunity that could open your eyes to a new career you hadn’t previously considered.
- Do something different – If you have exhausted all your internship options, then the next thing you can do is to do some relevant course. These days a lot of students do unnecessary law courses. The most important thing is that you are setting a goal and you are working towards it. You should have a clear idea that what you would have learned from your desired internship and if you don’t get an internship , then you should that what courses you can do which will give you the required skills, which you were going to get in the internship.
- Prepare a good cover letter. Do not just send your CVs for internship applications. Write a good cover letter in your email. It should highlight why you want to intern at your firm and your past internship experiences and achievements in brief. Don’t send the same cover letter to all the firms. You should also tailor it according to the need and demands of that particular firm in which you are going to apply.
Here are a few articles which can help you in guiding while applying for internships-
- Top Tech firms for an undergraduate to intern.
- Law and legal internship contact details.
- How to get an internship as an undergraduate.
- A complete guide for drafting a resume.