Name: Mukti Solia
College/University and Year: Government Law College, Mumbai and 3rd year
Organization where/Advocate with whom you interned: ARA Law, #1001 C, The Capital, B – Wing, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
City and State: Mumbai and Maharashtra
What resources did you use to find your internship?
Was the internship paid?
Yes, the stipend is Rs. 5000.
What were your expectations for this experience?
The reason I applied to ARA was because of the fact that it was a boutique law firm and catered to niche services like Private Equity & Venture Capital, Merger & Acquisition, Real Estate and Investment Funds, Banking & Finance and Capital Market. I expected to learn the about these practise areas and brush my concepts and by the end of the internship I can say that it was a very satisfying internship experience.
Describe your first day:
First of all, the ARA office is very suave and is located in a plush building and locality. Within half an hour of reaching office all my initial formalities were completed. I was made to sit in the intern’s workstation which was a row ahead of the associate’s workstation. I was asked to read the Intern Manual and informed about other office policies. Also, not long after the completion of initial formalities, I was allotted work by a senior associate.
How would you describe the culture within the organization (ways in which co-workers interact or don’t interact) and how does this fit with your “ideal” employer?
Totally, I think this organisation has all the merits of fitting into my list of the ideal law firm to work for. Some of the reasons for my conclusion are as follows:
- ARA Law legal team: Among all my internships, these bunch of lawyers are my favourites. They are well-qualified, with some real good experience, extremely knowledgeable, very easily approachable and encouraging. They have most of the times briefed me on necessary facts and background relating to the research assigned, explained concepts and provided feedback/suggestions wherever required.
- Boutique Services: Students looking for a future job in Private Equity, Investment Funds, M&A, Capital Market practice must intern here as they can understand the nitty gritties of these particular area of law.
- Healthy Work Ethics: They believe in work life balance however, they also do believe in meeting every deadline they promise. They have an employee friendly environment and encourage long term internship if they think you deserve it.
What new skills have you learned since beginning your experience?
Attention to detail.
What types of tasks did you discover that you enjoy or excel at completing?
Extensive legal Research, pulling out judgments, preparing presentations, proof-reading agreements and writing memos/updates/articles.
What tasks were less attractive or fulfilling?
What about your internship do you absolutely despise/hate or leaves a bad taste in your mouth?
Nothing as such.
If you were running this organization, what would you change and why?
Nothing as such.
What about your internship is the most surprising to you (i.e., what did you least expect going into the experience) and what lesson(s) can you draw from this?
I didn’t expect that they encourage long term internships than short term internships.
How does this internship relate to your long-term educational or career goals?
After interning here for over 3 months now, I can say that I have learned a lot about mutual funds regulations, foreign portfolio investments, takeover regulations, etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing tons of articles/memos/legal updates. With this internship, I carry a lot of lessons, good associations, mentally stimulating and enriching experience.
Did the internship provide you with any insights that you hadn’t anticipated?
I learned no assignment is meagre task and is a part and parcel of the whole internship experience. I tried and learned bits and pieces from each assignment I was allotted here.
What recommendations would you give to other students doing an internship at this organization?
I would totally recommend interning here at ARA Law but only for those fellow students who have a keen interest in the practice areas abovementioned. I highly recommend going through their website (which is again a very resourceful website itself, as it has its own open-source knowledge bank) which will solve your queries as to their ethos, practices areas, clients, and any other queries that you may have.