By Tanuj Kalia

Dear law students,

Your CV should have ZERO mistakes.

No grammatical mistakes. No spelling mistakes. And no mistakes in sentence construction. The formatting should be uniform.

This includes the tiniest mistakes like , this mistake in spacing of a comma and this Mistake of randomly putting a letter in caps.

If a legal recruiter sees one such spelling or grammatical mistake, you can rest be assured your CV will not be considered.

A profession where the placement of a comma can mean billion of dollars, no good lawyer will want to take a chance with a young graduate who makes such mistakes.

(If you are making such mistakes in a 2 page CV, you’ll surely mess up a 20 page contract).

Formatting is similarly important. Judges, if they find that the formatting of the pages is not proper, throw files at lawyers with gay abandon and/or ruthless anger.

In the age of freely available and inbuilt spell-checks and freely available grammar tools, these mistakes are simply intolerable.

And well, it’s your CV. It should show-case you as an individual and ‘highlight’ your skills and not kill your chances.

PS- Making such mistakes is the number 1 reason your CV is getting rejected all the time. Run a spell-check on it. Run it through an online grammar tool. Get it checked from a senior who has flawless English and then get it double and triple checked.

I am the Admin of Lawctopus. I am for law students, of law students and by law students. I am Torts and Contracts and moots and internships. I am your boyfriend! And your girlfriend too! Mentor. Friend. Junior. Senior. I am the footnote in your research paper. Foreword in your life. The jugaad for your internship. The side gig which earns you bucks. I am Maggi. Pocket money too.


  1. To be honest most internship applications arent even opened by HRs, nowadays all that matters is whether you have a contact or not. :-/

    • Well, that may be true in your instance. But, I have found that one can gain an internship in a top law firm without the use of contacts, purely on merit. However, if you lack the will and initiative, then of course no one can help you. 🙂


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