WHAT CRITERIA DO WE USE FOR INTERN SELECTION?
At the outset, we tend to screen the applications for legal internship.
Some of the criteria we look at include:
Student should be in 5th or 4th year LL.B. or 3rd year of the 3 year course or equivalent at the least Institute Academics (though marks and grades alone do not matter that much to us)
Past Internship experience and exposure – quality, range, rigor and relevance
Moot courts’ participation as speaker/researcher – quality and quantity• Papers/articles/research work – quality and quantity
Extra-curricular activities – evidence of initiative, leadership, talent and personality attributes
Orientation for social commitment
Previous internship at NDA – if yes, the candidate should be highly recommended with performance rating in top 15 percentile, with likely potential for hiring If the candidacy is taken forward, there would be a virtual interview by a panel.
We evaluate and assess credentials, information and accomplishments presented in CV including in academics, extra-curricular activities, moots, research papers, previous internships etc
The panel seeks to gauge:
Strong conceptual grasp and knowledge of essential law school curricula, ability to interpret, and potential for high technical proficiency
Above average to outstanding communication and articulation skills and ability to present with impact
Matching of goals and aspirations with firm’s requirements
A well-rounded, well-aware, self-driven individual who tends to share firm’s values (preferably with potential for long term culture fit).
Interest and aptitude for learning, research, and/or business development, as required • At every stage of the intern selection process, there is formal communication that may be expected from the firm.
WHEN, HOW AND WHERE TO APPLY
The firm receives Internship applications either directly from students or as coordinated by their Institutes. Often, Institutes themselves pre-screen on the basis of our criteria and send us a shortlist of recommended candidates. The firm reserves the right to choose a candidate on its own perception of merit and other criteria.
When: We typically offer four weeks of internship – extending or reducing the duration on exceptional need basis.If you believe the above criteria work for you, then we invite you to submit your application three to six months before the dates for internship you have in mind. If you have greater flexibility to adjust your internship slot with our availability, it works better.
Applications for internships are typically considered for review three months before the requested or available slot for internship. Only in cases of exceptional talent qualifications or where the intern has necessary flexibility for scheduling of internship slot, can there be an advance follow through for the application.