Internship Experiences: A Lawctopus Trademark

Over the last 5 years of running, internship experiences shared by our readers have been our forte.

We strongly believe that internships are the best way to learn the law; helping you not only to become a better professional but a better person too!

To further incentivize law students across India to write internship experiences that are more detailed and helpful and to encourage students with top-notch writing skills to write them, we partnered with LexisNexis to organize the The LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-16.

After a long and eager wait (really, look at the comments here), we are happy and honored to announce the results for the LexisNexis Lawctopus Internship Writing Competition 2015-16.

But first up, some comments are in order

While working on (formatting) and publishing the entries, we’ve been awed on more than a dozen occasions!

This leg of the competition saw some truly phenomenal entries; the extremely well-written and the very useful ones.

Thank you, dear law students, for participating in such large numbers; the competition saw nearly 300 entries.

Also, a big thanks to our name partners, LexisNexis and our learning partners iPleaders.

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Thank you for the amazing support!
iPleaders' BarHacker Fellowship in Continuing Legal Education
And you are amazing too!
As tough as CLAT (well, nearly)

Unfortunately, on 13 top entries could get the rewards. Such was the intensity of the competition that there’s very little separating, say, the 10th best entry and the 20th best entry.

Choosing the best 13 out of 300 odd entries means that only 1 out of 23 entries win. Interestingly, the ratio is pretty similar to the CLAT exam.

And hence, just like in competitions like CLAT, we won’t shy away from saying that what separated such (nearly) equally good entries was just good old luck.

Hats-off to our Judges: Apurva Vishwanath and Suhail Mathur 

Having said that, we’d like to whole-heartedly thank and acknowledge the judges for this competition, who agreed to rate the short-listed entries at a short notice.

Thank you Apurva Vishwanath and Suhail Mathur, for taking time out of your busy schedules and rating the entries.

Apurva Vishwanath is a journalist based in New Delhi.

She graduated from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University in 2015.

Apurva Vishwanath
Apurva Vishwanath

Suhail Mathur, a graduate of NLU Delhi is an Indian corporate lawyer and author, best known for his book The Bhairav Putras.

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Suhail Mathur

We’d also like to thank our erstwhile student editor, Deepshi Singh, who helped in short-listing the entries and Palak Pathak who helped in preparing the docket for the judges.

A big shout-out to our college managers too, who spread the word on this competition like anything!

A word from Apurva Vishwanath

Apurva Vishwanath had the below comments to make on the write-ups in general:

1. I see many students have written extensively of the work culture and work environment. I am sure everyone’s heard of law offices/ top firms lacking in that.

While internships are a trial run, keep in mind what the firm has to offer in terms of work culture- how colleagues are treated etc. when you apply for jobs.
Bosses being arrogant and shouting at you is not okay, no matter what people tell you to the contrary.

2. I also noticed differences in adjectives describing male and female employers.

While you may have not intentionally chosen those words, keep in mind the sexist overtones they convey.

As law students, we have greater responsibility to understand these nuances and rinse them off out system consciously.

Published, unpublished: What’s the difference

Just to reiterate, we received nearly 300 entries for this competition.

Some of the entries have been published, some have been not.

This is because formatting the content and SEO takes time. By mid-June, all the publishable entries will be published on the website.

To ensure transparency, we’ll ensure that all the prize-winning entries (five of which have not been published) are published by April 15.

Full disclosure: We did not take into account ‘early submissions’ marks for arriving at the results.


We’ve put the judges’ scores like this:

44.5 40 35 35 154.5

The judges were supposed to rate the entries out of 50 marks for being well-written and out of 50 marks for being detailed and useful (DU) and well-written (WW).

The first column is Suhail’s marks for WW; the second is Suhail’s marks for DU.

The third column is Apurva’s marks for WW; the fourth is Apurva’s marks for DU.

The fifth column, is of course, the total.


And now, the results! THE WINNERS ARE…

Rank 1: Anonymous, from a college in Raipur

Internship: Economic Laws Practice, Mumbai


He wins: Cash prize of Rs. 8000 + LexisNexis Books worth Rs. 8000 + iPleaders’ courses worth Rs. 6000 + LexisNexis’ LexisGreen Smart Pack worth Rs. 3095 + a certificate issued by LexisNexis. Total takeaways worth Rs. 25,095

45 46 38 40 169
Rank 2: Yavanika Shah, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab

Internship: Internship Experience @ Centre For WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi


Yavanika wins: Cash prize of Rs. 6000 + LexisNexis Books worth Rs. 6000 + iPleaders’ courses worth Rs. 6000 + LexisNexis’ LexisGreen Smart Pack worth Rs. 3095 + a certificate issued by LexisNexis India. Total takeaways worth Rs. 21,095

46 45 35 35 161
Rank 3: Sanghmitra Singh, National Law University, Odisha

Internship: Internship Experience @ Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), New Delhi


Sanghmitra wins: Cash prize of Rs. 4000 + LexisNexis Books worth Rs. 4000 + iPleaders’ courses worth Rs. 6000 + LexisNexis’ LexisGreen Smart Pack worth Rs. 3095 + a certificate issued by LexisNexis India. Total takeaways worth Rs. 17,095

42 47.5 30 40 159.5


The below entries win: Cash prize of Rs. 3000 each + LexisNexis Books worth Rs. 3000 each + iPleaders’ discount voucher worth Rs. 3000* + LexisNexis’ LexisGreen Smart Pack worth Rs. 3095 + a certificate issued by LexisNexis India.Total takeaways worth Rs. 9,095 each

Rank 4: Anonymous [A] from a law school in Delhi

Internship: Khaitan & Co, Delhi


46 43 30 38 157
Rank 5: Ridhima Verma, Amity Law school Centre 2, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh

Internship: Chambers of Advocate Geeta Luthra, Delhi


46 46.5 28 35 155.5
Rank 6 [joint winner]: Anonymous [AJ] from a law school in Rajasthan

Internship: Argus Partners, Mumbai


44.5 40 35 35 154.5
Rank 6 [joint winner]: Ankita Panikkar, M.S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bengaluru

Internship: Chambers of Meera Bhatia, Delhi High Court


45 46.5 28 35 154.5
Rank 7: Anonymous [MJ]*

Internship: PH Parekh, New Delhi


40 49 30 35 154


The below entries win: Cash prize of Rs. 2000 each + LexisNexis Books worth Rs. 2000 each + iPleaders’ discount voucher worth Rs. 3000 + LexisNexis’ LexisGreen Smart Pack worth Rs. 3095 + a certificate issued by LexisNexis India. Total takeaways worth Rs. 7,095 each

Rank 8: Yash Raj, Gujarat National Law University*

Internship: iPleaders, Delhi


43 46 35 30 154

* Note: The tie-break between Rank 7 and Rank 8 was done by Tanuj Kalia, CEO and Publishing Editor of Lawctopus.

Rank 9: Vrinda Chauhan, Aligarh Muslim University

Internship: Adjuva Legal


42.5 46 30 35 153.5
Rank 10: Bhavya Botta, Gitam University,Visakhapatnam

Internship: India Redefined (NGO), Mumbai


39 45.5 30 38 152.5
Rank 11: Sachet Ramesh Kumar Makhija, GH Raisoni Law School, Nagpur

Internship: The Centre For Child and Law, NLSIU, Bangalore


40 47 30 35 152
Rank 12: Ariguzo Justina, SDM Law College, Mangalore

Internship: J Hudson Samuel & Partners, Bangalore


46 40 30 35 151

A note to the prize winners

You’ll be informed about the further processes and logistics for the prizes over email.

That’s it for now. Phew!

It was a treat reading your internship experiences. 🙂

As said earlier, when we hit the publish button for some of the entries that have come as a part of this competition, we feel honored and proud.

Keeping writing! Winning prizes is, well, just incidental.

If you have any queries, please comment on this article or send an email to

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  1. People we need to calm down. I did not win, trust me I had all these feelings you had, but think reasonably we may not have won prizes but this competition compelled us to bring the writter in us out. Did we actually loose, I don’t think so. The cash we can earn, course we can do, books we can buy. What we won is plenty of detail internships without this competition would not have been possible. We learnt that we are yet not up to the mark and we need to work harder and these entries deserve it. Let’s put this to rest, instead of complaining take a moment to thank Lawctopus team and best wishes to the winners.

  2. Could the others get their detailed marksheet if possible by sending a mail to you, so that they can hone the skills and look out where they missed out! it would be great if you could provide for the same.

    • Hi,

      Please note that scoring has been done only for the top 29 entries (which made the short-list).

      To know where you missed out, please read the prize-winning entries.

      As I said, there’s very little separating the 10th best, from say, the 20th best but the difference between, say, the 10th and the 30th would be visible.

      • If you can provide for the details of those 29 if its feasible. At least one will be happy to know that he/she made it to those top 29.

  3. See anyone could have sent it the last day after reviewing it, but because you had said that you’ll be giving extra marks we in that allurement many would have sent it early for not losing those marks that could give us an edge.
    hence by not giving those marks to those entitled you kept the students in dark and now when the results have been announced it is now that you are disclosing this. kindly do not make such alluring attractions in case you don’t intent to fulfill it. no grudges but yes no fake attractions next time please 🙂

    • You could have written, edited and reviewed and still sent an ‘early’ bird entry. The deadline was not in hours, but in days! 🙂

      • How is it justified first of all u all are not calculating early submission marks the whole basics and promise that u made for giving early marks falls here and additionally u all are removing 13th rank just bcoz its a tie how is it fair. The rules should have kept the same throughout. And can u put the whole marksheet to remove such biasness and keep it fair as well

        • Hi,

          1. The organizers are free to change the rules of the competition. But we have the duty to be fair. Early submission marks were not taken into account because the competition’s primary purpose is to encourage quality writing and detailed writing of internship experiences.

          2. Please note that we have NOT removed the 13th rank. Thirteen prizes are being given. There’s a tie for the 6th rank and hence results only till the 12th rank are being declared. This is done in MOST of the competitions.

          3. We’ve disclosed all the prize winning entries’ marks. We’ve published some and we’ll be publishing all very soon. You can read the write-ups and see how well-written and detailed they are. I don’t really think we can be more un-biased than this!

          And as we said, the difference between, say, the 10th and the 20th entry, is probably, just good old luck. The competition was very stiff this time. Please don’t be disheartened. Do write for us again!


          • Well i agree on that the purpose was to enhance write up skills but”alluring attractions” of giving additional marks to early birds must not be given, for may be because of time some people might have submitted it before -hand to get benefit of those extra marks… Next time onwards in case your level of seriousness regarding the same is not there please don’t keep the students in dark and in case your judges wish to change the rules consult them before publishing the rules.

          • 1. How does submitting early affect the quality of writing or the level of details you can put?

            2. How have we kept students in the dark? We’ve announced it clearly in the post!

          • I’m one of the tip 3 winner and I submitted the entry on 20th January. So, I guess the timing doesn’t matter. Everyone submitting the entry would have taken anywhere between 1-2 hour to write their write -ups. 🙂

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