INTERNSHIP AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CHAMBERS OF Bharat Chugh

Always keen to work with bright young legal minds who are passionate about law and justice.

BUT you’ll have to meet me half-way and give me a reason to want to know you. A reason to work and engage with you, and a reason to share the little that I know about law, and – in turn, learn from you.

Template/Format based applications, therefore, are a strict NO. They don’t help me know you at all. Also, I am not a “Sir/Madam”. Never have been, and don’t intend to be. Please don’t do this. I’m not going to read another line of your application if that’s how you start. The essence of legal practice is the ability to step out of your own skin and walk the town in someone else’s. Think like me, or whoever is reading you email. Why should I continue to read your email when you haven’t put in the effort of communicating well with me. Good writing reflects good and clear thinking. Think well. Write well. Your application should reflect how you think and who you are. Don’t be generic. Talk about your dreams and ideas, not the dreams and ideas of the one whose internship application you blindly aped.

Therefore, please avoid cookie-cutter applications which lack individuality, and are boring to read.

Be creative. Show us the value that you can add to the team – in terms of law, and life. We are happy to share the little that we know with you, but you’d have to show us that it’s worth the effort and you’d be amenable to learning, and have the basics in place.

Instead of using adjectives such as I am “hardworking” or a “team player”, demonstrate in your application a challenging situation that you dealt with and came out winning from. As someone wise said : Show, don’t tell! Story telling is one of the most important parts of being a lawyer and the sooner you learn it – the better it is. I don’t care what law school you are from. But it’s important to me that you’re passionate about the subject.

Good writing is fun to read. Talk to me (in your application) – for instance, about the evolution of an interesting legal concept, a case law that you read and don’t agree with, or a tough legal proposition that you worked on, or an article that you once wrote. Write to me, for instance, about the challenges of the criminal justice system and how we can make it better. Talk to me about how litigation would look like 20 years from now. Ideas, concepts, dreams. Show me that you have led, or are – at-least, willing to lead an examined life.

Write, for instance, a story, or a poem, or – even crazier – a letter that your future self would write back to your present self, talking about your journey in the profession. Anything! Just keep it interesting and ensure that it brings out who you really are!

Good luck!

I really hope you’d give me a reason to work with you.

On my side of the bargain, I’d try not disappointing either….

And – yes, one more thing, when you email me your application at contact@bharatchugh.in ensure that you have the word “Career” in the subject line.

Look forward to working with you!

PS : request you to note that there’s no other way to apply except the above. No calls/SMS/Whatsapp/DM.

17 thoughts on “INTERNSHIP AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CHAMBERS OF Bharat Chugh

  1. HON’BLE SIR,you’ve Once Again Excelled over others of Equal Excellence.Yr Extraordinary way to Unlock Talent of your likely team is so exciting that I wish I was 25 year old to join you;Alas ! I can’t turn back clock.Yes, you’re right.Your people are your destiny.The only way to truly build strong capabilities is by doing the hard work and you’re working more harder; learning more and more.
    Your plan to build capabilities while building the future ,says it all. You don’t do it in a classroom on the side.You’ve aptly thought harder about, “What are the core competencies that you will need in five to ten years? And how do you start ‘planting the seeds’ for those competencies today?” And,I feel,the more you think about that, the more you shall realize that the capabilities you’ll need in the future are quite different from what you have today.You’re doing it by orchestrating the transformation journey in a conscious and deliberate way so that you get the right people together, and they build their capabilities by doing the work at Chambers of Bharat Chug..You should have interns that don’t want to just climb the legal ladder over a span of decades; they should be wanting opportunities to learn and have an impact quite early on, and you have assured to provide those opportunities.
    Rightly so,the first thing you have done, is to really think about the skills that are relevant for legal job. I admire your looking for skills, not just credentials. You’ve written job descriptions that are focused on skills, as opposed to simply repeating what they’ve asked for in the past. You’ve started with being clear about what you’re looking for:What capabilities are going to be absolutely critical as a competitive differentiator.

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  2. This is quite an out of the box internship application tip. However if the email is being addressed to your chambers Sir, I believe a Sir/Ma’am either way could come across the application and then probably relay it to you.

    One cannot immediately start with their career path and an acknowledgement to the recipient’s designation is something primary. Therefore if not Sir/Ma’am, how else can one commence to make sure the formal and informal balance is maintenaned. By informal I mean walking your town and telling you our story so that it resonates with you.

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    • Thanks for your message! I think the blog clearly conveys that I want those applying to directly write to me (see above about having a conversation with ME). Once that’s there, there’s no point of “Sir/Madam”

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  3. You have been an inspiration from the moment i saw you in my college (CLC). I found out about you and your achievements from that day onwards. Thank you for being a unique one in our lawyers fraternity and surely this is a great opportunity for budding lawyers , but please specify is there any age limit to apply to the same..

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  4. Sir I have mailed you last month for an internship. I have sent you a reply last week for that mail but haven’t got any reply. Hope you read this soon and reply me.

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  5. This comes at a time when I was struggling to get that one ‘on-point’ cold email. I couldn’t help but think as to how am I required to put in the same qualities as everyone else in a manner that makes my application more attractive?
    Each line of the cover letter was a struggle. How am I supposed to convince an HR that I’m ‘hardworking’ when practically every other applicant claims the same?!? The idea of telling real stories instead of superficial, standardized traits sounds so much more appealing.

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  6. You see, Mr. Chugh, the idea of stories is one that fascinates us all. I mean, do we really think that person in the HR does not look forward to hearing all about his kid’s day at school, or to be loved by the same people who get a heart attack when they are required at his office?
    Yet, if I were to send such an internship application to any other firm, chances are they would read (and probably really enjoy my story). And yes, I’d give it to you they would atleast read it wholly rather than just look for keywords. But in the end, would most likely reject thinking the guy is not an “ideal fit” or in the worst case “crazy”.

    Thank You for putting this article out, I look forward to telling you a tale someday, both in the mail and in person, and I hope you’d return the favour, as promised.

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