Student details:

II year, BSW LLB (hons.)

Name of the organization:

Indian law Partners, Mumbai.

Team strength:

3 partners but most work was assigned by the 4-5 Associates working under them.

Duration and timings:

November 2- December 4, 2016. Monday to Friday, 9 am to 8 pm (Depending on the work schedule).

Accommodation:

I lived as a PG in South Mumbai. The local trains are extremely efficient as a transport option, hence travel was not an issue.

Application Procedure:

I sent my CV to Komal Lokhande at komal.lokhande at ilps dot in, who works in the admin.

A lot of follow-ups and a basic interview will be followed after this.

First impression/first day formalities:

There are two offices in Mumbai, one at Khar and the other in the Fort area. The former being the stricter one :p

I was given a laptop and an email Id. The Associate assigned to me was extremely helpful and patient and I worked mostly under her during the course of my internship.

Work:

I was first briefed about basic trademark laws and for the entire week I learnt how to check trademark updates, statuses, public search on the website. Later I did research work, worked on a RTI application, recent cases on IPR, etc.

The most interesting task was proof reading agreements, as I got to read various kind of Contracts of famous clients from the Entertainment business.

The Associates (and one of the Partner) are obsessed with Star Wars, so the task assigned to me as a non-fan was research on a hypothetical situation involving licensing rights between Marvel and Lucasfilms which was pretty interesting.

As an only intern in the Mumbai and Delhi offices, I was given work from both the places. On the last day, I also got to visit the Registry at Panvel for signing of a lease agreement (which took about 11 hours!).

Stipend:

I received INR 3000 for the month.

Drawbacks:

I was actually interested in learning more about Sports law, which did not happen. Also November- December is an off season, hence there wasn’t much work.

I was told to come during the summer. As a second year student I had no basic knowledge about company law, intellectual property and it was also my first proper internship, that may be the reason that I was perpetually lost about what to do and pretty much useless.

I would HIGHLY recommend only 3rd or 4th year students to apply.

Overall, it was a great learning experience for me, from basic IPR knowledge, recent cases and even formatting and writing skills.

The firm does some great work, boasts of huge celebrity clients and all the three partners are highly qualified and knowledgeable.

So, I would highly recommend interning here for students interested in Corporate law, Media/Entertainment law, Contracts or Sports Law.

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