In this article, we will talk about LLB Internship at Dua Associates for the year 2021, the application process, selection criteria and the various practice areas you may get to experience at the firm.
This article is part of the 'Best Law Firms for Internship’ series, where we look at the top and notable firms from across various areas of practice. This series is partly based on how the firms are positioned in various legal rankings, industry awards and recognitions.
Internships are an excellent opportunity to get a first-hand experience on how a law firm operates. They can also offer a working overview of the various practice areas and sectors. You can see that the practice of law goes much beyond text-books and case laws.
Students should also make use of their time at the firm to delve into the 'nuts-and-bolts' of legal practice; such as drafting documents, various types of filings, summarizing cases, preparing briefs and legal research.
Year of Establishment and Office Locations
Established in the year 1986, the legal firm Dua Associates operates from or has their offices in :
Normally, established law firms have working associations, referral relationships and 'best friend' agreements with other firms; which enables them to render services on a pan-India basis.
LawMint Note : In general, law firms may offer internship opportunities at all their office locations. However, bigger locations may see a higher demand for internship. Your flexibility, in terms of location preference, may increase the probability of your selection.
'Best Law Firms for Internship' categories in 2021
Dua Associates features in the list of the Top Law Firms for Internship in the following practice areas listed below, for the year 2021.
While we have specifically highlighted Dua Associates law firm's expertise in the below mentioned practice areas, they may offer a wider range of legal services, as mentioned further down in this article.
Practice areas where the firm is recognized as one of the best places for internship :
- Anti-corruption and anti-bribery
- Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution
- Aviation, Aerospace and Defence
- Banking and Finance Law
- Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Restructuring
- Capital Markets – Debt and Equity
- Competition and Antitrust
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Corporate Tax and Taxation Law
- Environmental Law
- Infrastructure and Project Finance
- Insurance and Reinsurance
- Intellectual Property Law
- International arbitration
- International Trade and WTO
- Labour and Employment Law
- Merger Control and Antitrust
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity, Venture Capital and Investment funds
- Real Estate, Construction and Property Law
- White-collar crime
Normally, law firms the applicants to mention their area of interest in the cover letter or the application form. Before expressing interest in any of the practice areas, students should have a basic understanding and awareness of the topics and the underlying laws.
Check out the LawMint Internship Basics online courses and the videos on our YouTube channel for an overview of the various specialized practice areas.
About Dua Associates
Dua Associates is one of India’s leading full-service law firms, serving a wide spectrum of clients drawn from multi nationals including several Fortune 500 companies, publicly-listed companies, public-sector enterprises, privately-owned businesses, as well as many multinational and multilateral organizations and readily recognizable brand names from the U.S., Europe, Japan and ASEAN.
Dua Associates’ expertise in complex transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, FDI, private equity and other corporate transactions is widely recognized and acknowledged.
The Dua Associates law practice is complemented by Dua Consulting, an independent and stand-alone consulting practice group to address issues pertaining to policy framework, advocacy, Government engagement and business advisory.
Practice Areas, Focus Sectors & Expertise
Dua Associates law firm's website or brochures mention that the firm's legal services and expertise extend to the following practice areas :
- Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Banking & Finance
- Capital Markets
- Competition and Anti-Trust
- Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
- Corporate and Commercial
- Data Privacy & Cyber-security
- Aviation & Space
- Dispute Resolution – Litigation
- Healthcare & Lifesciences
- Intellectual Property Rights
- International Trade/WTO
- Private Equity and Investment Funds
- Projects & Infrastructure
- Real Estate & Urban Development
- Special Service – Japan Desk
- Technology, Media & Telecommunication
- White Collar Crime
In general, Law firms cannot be clearly demarcated in terms of areas of practice.
Due to the overlaps in many specializations; and the need to provide comprehensive legal solutions to their clients, almost all medium and large law practices tend to be 'full-service' firms.
However, they may choose to identify themselves with one or more areas of specializations.
Official website of the firm
Pursuant to BCI rules, the firm's website may have limited information. However, internship applicants should invariably read through the website and brochures as part of the essential research and groundwork before applying.
Very often, an overview of the firm, it's partners and associates can give you a good idea about the working structure and organizational hierarchy of Dua Associates.
The firm's official website is accessible at this link : http://www.duaassociates.com
Career opportunities and internship openings at Dua Associates may also be periodically published in the careers section of their website. Refer to the specific careers / opportunities web-page link mentioned further down in this article.
Dua Associates Internship in 2021 for LLB Students
Dua Associates may periodically offers internship opportunities to Law students wanting to experience the real-world practice of law, beyond the academics.
To apply for internship with the Dua Associates, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Research into the different practice areas of the firm and express your interest in any practice areas that excite you.
Your resume and cover letter should highlight your communication skills and emphasize the value you will bring in to the internship.
Also include any other details that add value to your profile, such as published articles, blogs, research papers or essays, moot court experience, previous internships or volunteering experience.
Writing samples included with your application may be any published articles, papers or essays.
Dua Associates Careers & Opportunities web page
Refer to the following website / page link for further information about the current opportunities, internship openings and other details : http://www.duaassociates.com/contact-us/
If you are interested in learning how to crack the internship application and selection processes at top law firms like Dua Associates, check out the interactive and comprehensive 'Internship Basics for LLB Students' online course series offered by LawMint.
The courses are designed to guide you step-by-step through the entire process of :
- choosing the right law firms to apply,
- crafting your resume and cover letter,
- fine-tuning your extra-curricular activities,
- creating video profiles and Linkedln pages that create an impact,
- crafting writing samples & articles, which are required during the application process by many firms,
- how to make an great impression during the internship,
- how to maximize your chances of converting an internship into a full-time position
... and much much more.
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Law Internship FAQs
How can I get internship at Dua Associates?
Dua Associates offers internship opportunities based on their requirements. Refer to the LawMint.com article for details on the eligibility, application process and selection criteria for Dua Associates internship.
Is internship compulsory for law students in India?
As per the Bar Council of India rules, Law students have to complete a minimum of 12 weeks internship, in total, for a Three Year LLB and 20 weeks in total, for a Five Year LLB.
What are the best internships for law students?
Law students can complete internship with Law firms, NGOs, Trial and Appellate Advocates, Judiciary, Legal Regulatory authorities, Legislatures and Parliament, Other Legal Functionaries, Market Institutions, Law Firms, Companies, Local Self Government and other such bodies as the University may stipulate.
Do law interns get paid in India?
Internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on the duration and type of internship, and as per the policies and discretion of the law firm. Typically, bigger law firms offer a stipend to their interns. Some firms may offer meal allowances and reimbursements. Small firms may have only unpaid internships.
How do I intern at a law firm?
Read the articles on LawMint for details on how to apply, when to apply, how to create your resume, how to prepare for interviews and how to get selected for internship with top law firms in India.
How do big law firms give internships?
Big Law firms may offer internships directly to interested LLB students, or through college placement committees. Some firms may have a structured selection and interview process for evaluating and shortlisting interns best suited for their practices.
What law firms look for in interns?
Law firms look for good written and verbal communication skills, interest in the practice areas of the firm, relevant extra curriculars, good academic credentials and an aptitude to learn. Bigger law firm evaluate all applicants through the their resume, cover letter, writing sample, interview performance and other criteria.