Jus Rerum 2020-10-16: 10 Min

Virtual Internship v. Writing Research Papers

Author: Falguni Agrawal

Student of Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, New Law College, Pune

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“Life is like a mountain, hard to climb, but once you get to the top the view is beautiful.”

For a career-oriented student, an internship is not just research and drafting work but it is much more than these skills. These are the skills that students prefer to opt for, in their graduation days. The main focus of an internship is building skills that are required by a student in their career. These internships help in enhancing the knowledge that is not only limited to the corporate sector but also in the litigation field.  

In the wake of such a pandemic, many companies are opting for different methods to get their large pile of work done. The companies plan to gather some qualified graduates for reducing their workload or for some research work. Apart from this, for a law student, it is necessary to step up a little to go grab such opportunities where one can learn more about his/her interests. It doesn’t always depend on the skills required for a job/ internship but also on the level of work that a person is ready to do. 

Choosing internships and then searching for the best way to approach that firm/ company or any advocate require skills that are not just built in a day. They are developed over time. Focusing on how that internship will benefit a person is not the correct way to think. One must always opt for various internships of different fields that will help them gather information on how the work is done in that field.

After gathering all the information about the type of internship one can do, there is a situation that is described below. 

How can one approach an internship at a firm or an advocate’s chamber?

A student or a fresh graduate must opt for a LinkedIn search for the firms dealing in the work of your interest. The firm/ advocate usually mentions all the necessities required in the candidate for an internship or job. While going through their profile, one can understand or know: Whether these skill sets are there in that person or not? Whether he/she is capable of that position? How can one have these skills build-up for the future? These opportunities pave a way for growth and enrichment. Once a person searches for a job or internship, he must not just stop, he must make notes for his future. 

According to me, one must always be equipped with new cases or judgments. One must always indulge in conversation but it should not be vague. The conversation must be related to the topic, and must not get diverted from the topic at hand. Recent cases and judgments must be in hand. There are numerous things for a law student for a professional to be well-versed in. There are about millions of topics that one is not aware about. So, gather up and try to find ways to collect information about that topic and prepare for it. 

Virtual internships will mostly provide the research work, as one is not physically present there to deal with the issue at hand. So, to reduce their workload they give the research or drafting work to their workers or interns. Thus, most of the time, research work is only given. One must always keep practicing their writing skills and they are very important. These skills help in the drafting of various documents which are required in the long run. 

Getting an internship in Tier 1 companies/ firms depends on the searches one does and these internships are not handy. One needs to search rigorously for their internship opportunity.   

Who is an Ideal internship/job candidate?

For being in any internship or an aspirant of your choice, one must always be well versed with the latest news, read judgments, follow people of that field on LinkedIn and Twitter and indulge in conversation. One must be a knowledge seeker, open-minded, flexible and adapt to the changing world of advocates. One must not be conventional. These skills are not born with a person but are created through experience. 

Making a good Cover Letter: 

For making a good cover letter, variations must be made as per the need of the hour or the requirement of the job you are applying for. One thing must be kept in mind that a cover letter must be seen in the body of the mail you are sending and not to be attached. For a better CV, recent internships and skills must be at the top but that too in brief. 

Paid Internships: 

Paid internships are getting trended most of the time. They are mostly asked by people who are there in their third or fourth year. It must be kept in mind that paid internships are not handy. They are not easily available. They are to be searched. Recruiters don’t just tend to pay for a small task of just researching for a period of 1 month. There is a need for rigorous skills and commitment. This commitment is not present in today’s generation.  

Making good research papers: 

Writing a research paper is not easy, it requires a lot of skills like good vocabulary, good content, and much more. It is not the cup of tea for everyone. One must have a good topic, information about the topic one is planning to write on. 

If one has not written any papers prior to this time, it is good to look forward. It might help. First of all, read a few research papers written by people, and then choose the topic depending on your choice, in which you think you have interest in. Then begin by writing a short paragraph on that topic. Try to contact people who can check your content and verify that. Then finally read more and get information about the topic. Please try to have your own thoughts on that issue about what you were going to write on. Don’t try to use the content of other people. 

Getting your research paper published in a paid journal is less preferred by the recruiter while on the other hand if a person has published in an unpaid journal then preference will be given to him/her. This is because of the fact that his views on a particular topic are getting more shares and are liked by people. If you have more papers published in paid journals than it is a red flag for a person. 

First-generation lawyer: Litigation or Corporate work?

This is the question that I have seen students asking professionals, advocates and in seminars, webinars as what is their take or view on this question. I have also asked the same question; I got a very satisfactory answer related to this. 

Focusing on your achievements rather than your weakness and make it a strong point to prove it to yourself, not to others. As others are just some people, who will just judge and never give you the correct ways to rectify mistakes. I know there are people who are ready to help but one needs to be careful.

I got a very great answer to the aforesaid question while discussing something with one of my friends which made me realize that one must not make someone the master of their lives. One must not ask others to choose a career path for them. It is their life, their career and their interest. Go grab that opportunity that you have interest in. Why does one need to have an opinion of others on what he/she chooses as a career? This was the truth of our life, that we tend to ask what others think about us, and what we should opt for as per society. 


Finally, to let you know that both writing a research paper and opting for an internship are two different things and this depends on the perspective on an individual as per his preferences. They add different values to your CV and one must not only just write papers or not opt for any internships. 

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”


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