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Total Fees: INR 20,000 15,000

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Duration: 5 months

This course is designed to enable law students to tackle two major challenges: secure corporate internships (at corporate law firms or companies) and perform extraordinarily well so that you can get a job offer. Typical ways are securing a PPO (pre-placement offer), a job interview or a call back for a subsequent internship (with a sense that it may convert into a job offer).

 

To be successful in securing and excelling in a corporate internship, you need to plan and prepare well ahead. We observed the process and journey of securing a corporate law internship and converting one into a job offer for hundreds of law students and then identified the elements that worked and that didn’t work. This program is developed to enable you to acquire those skills before you even walk into a corporate internship. You will be able to build yourself into a person whom a law firm seeks out. A wide range of topics are covered in a huge amount of detail, such as:

 

How to draft an effective CV

How to write an effective cover letter

Guides for performing different kinds of tasks at an internship

How to excel at due diligence

How to excel at proof-reading assignments and learn for the future

Comprehensive technical skills training on M&A, Corporate, Debt Finance, FDI, General Corporate and Stamp Duty

Hacks for high-powered Google, Manupatra, MCA and BSE searches

Presentation and formatting techniques

Learn how to read and interpret financials of a business

Internship Plan for mapping out your internship progress

How to write expert-level articles that catch client and recruiter attention

How to draw complex corporate structures in PowerPoint from Day 1

How to build expertise in any area of law

How to network effectively before, during and after your internship

Detailed interview preparation modules for technical and HR-style interviews

 

There will be 5 online trainings around CV creation, building your LinkedIn profile, email writing and follow-up training, a contract drafting exercise and a feedback session on your articles.  You will also publish and promote 5 corporate law-related articles online.

 

The above themes are discussed in a significant amount of detail. Anxiety and fear are confidence-killers and often lead to failed interviews or internship experiences. We want you to be completely free and at ease when you are applying for a law firm internship or sitting in an interview, and clear that you have got what it takes to make it through.


There will be weekly exercises geared to train you in specific aspects of the tasks required to secure and excel in an internship. You will also be able to dial in to our expert and get one on one feedback. No other course from us or anyone else is so focussed on the area of internships, and nothing else we know offers such an intensive opportunity for personal feedback.

Week No.  Name of Exercise
1 CV-Building and Interview Preparation Exercise
2 Writing Assignment - 1
3 Contract Drafting Blocks 1
4 Writing Assignment - 2
5 LinkedIn Networking Practice
6 Writing Assignment - 3
7 Email-Writing and Follow-Up Exercise
8 Writing Assignment - 4
9 Contract Drafting Exercise
10 Writing Assignment - 5
11 Due Diligence 1 - Prepare a Requisition List 
12 Writing Assignment - 6
13 MCQ Exam
14 Writing Assignment - 7
15 Due Diligence 2 - Write Observations and Action Points 
16 Writing Assignment - 8
17 Contract Drafting Exercise (Comprehensive) 
18 Writing Assignment - 9
19 Contract Drafting Exercise (Comprehensive) 
20 Writing Assignment - 10

Course Contents

  1. Diagnostic Assessment
  2. Are you aware of the real objective of your internship
  3. Internship Myths That Might Be Sabotaging You
  4. Why You Need to Build Momentum BEFORE An Internship
  5. How to Build Your Mindset For A Corporate Internship
  6. Two abilities clients want to see it in a lawyer
  7. Common mistakes made by interns and how can you ensure that you won't make them in your internship
  8. 7 must-have ‘non-legal’ skills for a successful lawyer
  9. How can an intern demonstrate his or her abilities while undertaking document-mapping exercises, or making other lists and tables during due diligence?
  10. What can an intern expect to learn from proof-reading work? How should he or she look at it from a learning perspective?
  11. The Exciting Summer Of No Internships And What It Taught Me
  1. Strategic advantages  and disadvantages of a company for business owners in comparison with other business structures
  2. How to be an expert in dealing with company law matters
  3. Board’s Powers under Companies Act and AOA
  4. How is Directors' and Managers' Remuneration Regulated?
  5. Meetings and How Companies Take Decisions
  6. Can Board and shareholder meetings be held through video-conferencing?
  7. Related party transactions under Companies Act 2013
  8. A Primer on Governance of Foreign Companies doing business in India
  9. How Are Dividend Payments Regulated?
  10. Liabilities of Directors, officers and key professionals
  11. IPOs and regulation of listed companies
  12. All about shell companies
  1. Introductory Parts of a Contract
  2. How to Read A Contract for the First Time
  3. Strategies to Use Grammar and Language Effectively
  4. Effective Formatting Techniques For Your Contract
  5. The definitive contract checklist
  6. Obligations and Payment Clauses
  7. Representations, Warranties and Covenants
  8. Conditions Precedent, Conditions Subsequent and Completion
  9. Assignment & Change of Control
  10. How to Deal with Schedules
  11. Termination and other grounds of discharge from contract
  12. Risk Mitigation Clauses 1: Guarantee & Insurance
  13. Risk Mitigation Clauses 2: Indemnity and Limitation of Liability
  14. Checklist for drafting an effective indemnity clause
  15. Getting Started with boilerplate clauses
  16. Waiver, Amendment and Variation
  17. Notice and Communications
  18. Confidentiality, Non-Solicit and Non-compete
  19. Damages for Breach of Contract
  20. Governing Law, Jurisdiction & Dispute Resolution
  21. Liquidated damages and Penalty Clauses
  22. Remedies for Breach - Rescission & Specific Performance
  1. Introduction to Raising Investments
  2. Stages in an Investment Transaction
  3. Strategic investments and joint ventures
  4. Non-Disclosure Agreements
  5. Securities law concepts in investment transactions
  6. Sample Termsheet
  7. Shareholders Agreements
  8. Sample Share Purchase Agreement
  9. Private Placement of Share
  10. Transfer of Shares
  11. How to draft amended articles of association
  12. Tax Aspects of Investment Transactions
  13. Exit Mechanisms
  14. Taxation of investor exits
  15. Regulation of angel investors and angel funds
  1. Types of credit facilities
  2. Essential issues in any loan agreement
  3. Introduction to Syndicated loans
  4. 10 unique clauses in syndicate finance agreements
  5. External Commercial Borrowings
  6. APLMA - ECB Precedent
  7. Inter-corporate loans

Basics of Due-Diligence

  1. What kind of transactions is due diligence undertaken for?
  2. How does due diligence exercise differ for every transaction
  3. Concept of DD
  4. Difference between limited and exhaustive DD


Stages in Due-Diligence

  1. What are the various stages in a due-diligence process?
  2. Video on each stage


Preparation of Requisition List

  1. How to prepare a requisition list?
  2. Video: How to prepare a requisition list?
  3. Sample Requisition List


Document review for Due-Diligence

  1. What documents should be asked for and vetted?


Observations in a Due-Diligence Report

  1. How to write observations in a due-diligence report?
  2. How to write observations and action points?


Sections of a Due-Diligence Report

  1. What are the different sections of a due-diligence report?
  2. Corporate Information
  3. Consents and Approvals
  4. Loans and Finances
  5. Material Contracts
  6. Litigation
  7. Human Resources
  8. Summary
  9. Insurance
  10. Intellectual Property Rights

 

Presentation in a Due-Diligence report

  1. Presentation in a due diligence report – when and where
  2. Sample Due Diligence report

 

Impact of Due-Diligence report on the transaction

  1. How does the report impact the transaction?
  2. Top 5 mistakes made by young lawyers while

Entry Into India and FDI norms

  1. How can a foreigner enter India or invest in India?
  2. Process for opening a project office, branch office
  3. Introduction to FDI
  4. Introduction to FDI and issues faced by foreign investors
  5. FDI in structuring investment transactions
  6. Business structures and sectors in which FDI is permitted
  7. FDI Policy- Bombay High Court case study
  8. Methods of capital contribution by foreign investors
  9. Automatic vs Approval Route
  10. FDI and regulatory approvals
  11. FDI in corporate groups and calculation of FDI
  12. Sectoral Caps, Approvals and Conditionals
  13. What is a branch office of a foreign company
  14. What is a liaison office of a foreign company
  15. What is a project office of a foreign company
  16. When a foreigner invests in India are fresh shares

 

Continuous Compliance Requirements

  1. Securities that can be issued to FDI investor
  2. Operational issues pertaining to FDI
  3. Pricing guidelines for issue and transfer of shares
  4. Pricing, documentation, filing and other compliance requirem
  5. When are pricing guidelines triggered

 

Exit and Repatriation

  1. Restrictions on repatriation
  2. Repatriation of income
  3. Are profits of the Indian business or investment repa
  4. Regulation and limits on royalty payable to foreign t
  5. Tax deduction on royalty payments to foreigners

 

FDI Approvals and Other Advanced Issues

  1. Approval Route In Detail
  2. FDI in e-commerce
  3. Process for approval route (formally FIPB approval)
  4. Concerns relevant for govt. while granting approval
  5. FDI approval application filing, preparation and time
  6. FDI related provisions included in transaction
  7. How early stage start-ups can use convertible notes to raise

 

Sample documents

  1. Approval Route - Checklist for Plain Paper Application
  2. List of Attachments with Approval Application
  3. Sample - RBI Approval to Open Liaison Office
  4. Sample Application for Approval
  5. Sample - Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
  6. Annexure - 2 Approval Letter Format
  7. Convertible Note Template-2
  1. Ultimate Success Guide to Cracking Any Internship
  2. Email Writing Guide with Sample Emails
  3. Why and How to Include Selfie Videos in Your Covering Letter
  4. Why and How to Include Blog Posts in Your CV
  5. Guide to Writing Effective Articles
  6. How to build your own system to stay updated
  7. How and With Whom to Network in Your Internship
  8. Step Method to Build Expertise and Authority in Any Area of Law
  9. Non National Law University tag and 5 biggest challenges to your dream Corporate job
  10. Corporate Lawyer’s Guidebook for Business Structuring Skills
  1. How to use BSE website
  2. How to use SEBI website
  3. How to use RBI website
  4. How to use DIPP website
  5. How to use MCA website
  6. How to call regulators for clarifications
  7. How to ace research work at an internship
  8. How to do effective Google search by using filters and other methods?
  9. How to find case laws and authorities others can’t through popular databases
  10. Statutory and delegated legislation research
  11. Thinking strategies for asking questions that enhance effectiveness
  1. What does the law firm look for when making a decision to recruit a particular intern?
  2. What are the differences between skills taught in law school and the skills required at a law firm? How can an intern acquire these skills through an internship?
  3. What are the four biggest gaps you see in interns working at a law firm, that prevent them from having a successful internship?
  4. Are there any pointers you would like to share with people who want to have successful internships?
  5. Is there a benefit for interning for a longer period of time (say 2 - 3 months) as compared to a 3-4 week internship?
  6. Should you directly take work from partners at a law firm?How should you ask a partner for work?
  7. Should you work with multiple teams in one internship at the same time?
  8. How will you know how the firm is finding your work? How frequently should you obtain feedback on your assignments?
  9. What is the best method and time to let the firm know that you are seeking a job there?
  10. What should you expect to learn while working with a junior associate? What should you do if you want to work with relatively senior people?
  11. What does the associate expect from the intern while giving work to him or her?
  12. What is the best time and method to network and build relationships with people in the firm?
  13. Should you ask people in the firm to refer you to their friends at other firms for subsequent internships?
  14. Can you suggest any best practices that can lead to conversion of internships into job offers?
  15. How to a PPO at SAM & top corporate law firms
  1. How should you describe internship experiences in your CV
  2. How to use your experience to get a call back, a pre-placement offer or an internship at a new organization
  3. How can you leverage your past internship in your career if you search job in any other organisation?
  4. How will you approach an organisation for a job offer in which you interned say 2 years ago?
  1. General Guidelines for Drafting a CV and Do's and Don'ts
  2. How detailed should your CV be (Especially if you have worked for several years)?
  3. How should you put showcase your best achievements, such as projects, awards etc.?
  4. Tips for effectively writing details of drafting work done in a firm
  5. If someone is not from a national law university or a top law college, should they move the education section to the bottom of the CV
  6. Is there a specific place or sequence where you should mention extra-curricular activities in your CV?
  7. How will a CV for applying to law firm different from a CV for in-house job
  8. Is it important to customize your CV according  to the firm or company you are applying to?
  9. How to mention about period when someone is taking a sabbatical but doing a freelance work?
  10. Till which stage in your career should your CV include your internship
  11. Top 5 mistakes People Make in Their CV
  12. Guide to write cover letter that grabs attention
  13. Guide to Write CV
  14. Model CV sample
  1. How to Crack a Corporate Interview
  2. How should you answer the "Tell us about yourself" question in an interview?
  3. How should you answer the "Tell us your strengths and weaknesses" question in an interview?
  4. How should you address the "Why do you want to work with us" question?
  5. How should you answer the question "Why should we hire you"?
  6. How should you answer the "Where do you see Yourself X Years from Now" Question?
  7. What do you need to prepare to answer technical questions about your CV in an interview?
  8. What should be the Knowledge base for Technical questions in an interview?
  9. How should you address questions you don't know the answers to?
  10. How should you deal with a panel of multiple interviewers?
  11. What if the interviewers ask or suggest something you don't agree with? Should you dissent or accede?
  12. What if the terms of your arrangement with an organisation are not clear? Should you ask for clarification?
  13. How should you find out and negotiate a salary?
  1. Knowledge Threshold In Law Firm Interviews
  2. 5 tools for turbocharging your law firm interview preparation
  3. Recruitment special - Case study of Blackberry
  4. How to write a covering email for your job application and whom should it be addressed to?
  5. How should you follow-up with an organization after your job application or your interview?
  6. Does the mode of interview, that is, telephone, Skype or an in-person interview make a difference/ How?
  7. What is the relevance of prior litigation internships, clerkship and NGO internships in a law firm interview?
  8. How should you share about the diligence, proof-reading, document-mapping and other regular work you did in an internship?
  9. What is the relevance of mooting in an interview at a law firm or a company?
  10. What is the relevance of an LLM degree for a corporate law firm or in-house counsel interview?
  11. How can you use your extra-curricular activities or achievements to highlight your personality in an interview?
  12. How are your chances of success in an interview impacted if you are not from a top national law school?
  13. How should you address the questions about a low CGPA or failure in a subject?
  14. Should You Mention Transactions Or Assignments That Were Not Complete In The Internship In Your CV and Interview?
  1. CV creation and CV-writing
  2. How and why to build your LinkedIn Profile
  3. Mock Interview
  4. Email and Follow-Up Training
  5. Contract drafting exercise
  6. Feedback on article-writing

Publish and promote 10 articles online in an area of your interest

Industry Academia Panel

Abhyuday Agarwal

COO and Co-founder, iPleaders

Ramanuj Mukherjee

CEO and Co-founder, iPleaders

Rishabh Chopra

Head of India at Aquis Search

Komal Shah

Company Secretary, Content Manager & Editor, iPleaders

Priyanka Karwa

Community Manager at iPleaders.in

Success Stories

Imagine how it would be if you could navigate the usual legal and regulatory mess with ease, and make better decisions as you scale your business or career growth. Regulatory and legal difficulties is a huge hurdle to doing business in India, and very few people have mastery over it. We are inviting you to find out more about how we can add a touch of magic to your growth. Here are some amazing success stories of our students who have taken up our courses.

I am a computer science engineer by education, but an entrepreneur by profession. Having had no formal education in running a business I was always led to a lot of "learning the hard way". When iPleaders launched the course for Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws, in an e-learning mode I took up the course with the objective to understand all legal nuances related to running a business. The course covered things like; understanding of ESOP, Sweat Equity, Company Policy, License agreements, IP related law, EULA and lots of other content which made sense for our business.

Atul Gupta

Managing Director of InSync Tech-Fin Solutions Ltd

I joined the NUJS diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws while I was working with the Calcutta Stock Exchange. I had already done my LLB and was looking for a course which would give me some practical insight. I came across the NUJS Diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws while searching the internet. I was looking for some course for value addition to my profile and knowledge. I had already done my LLB and MBA but wanted some practical knowledge. This course appealed to me, as it was dealing with business laws and I was working with a corporate. So this course was very significant to me and covered things which were relevant to me.

Sumit Sengupta

CFA, LL.B, Legal Counsel, Calcutta Stock Exchange

All modules in this course are meticulously designed with the emphasis on practical knowledge and it's very difficult to say which module was more informational than the other. Still, I particularly found the modules on statutory compliances, due diligence, business structuring and institutional financing to be really beneficial for me because I wanted practical insight into these topics. Non-lawyers such as businessmen are usually afraid of legal jargons that are found in books; however, this course uses a very simple and easy to understand language and therefore I recommend this course to all those who wish to enhance their business law knowledge.

Harshal Joshi

Legal Head, Legal Dog, LL.C

This course is something that would simply catalyze the process and help you in creating the best path for yourself. Being armed with a diploma in law from a prestigious national law school in itself speaks volumes – it gives the signal to the people working with you that your understanding of legal and regulatory situation should be and can be taken seriously. Given the kind of work I'm into, it does help a lot indeed, especially as one climbs the stairs of seniority and responsibility. The early headstart in legal strategy making and insights into dispute resolution is also a superb advantage.
Also joining the course has given me a new fraternity. It indeed feels great to have been associated with iPleaders…and I would be glad to continue with this relationship. I continue to get professional support from them. You can always reach out to the alumni or iPleaders founders themselves and ask for a favour.
I would strongly recommend this course to people (age no bar, beyond fulfilling the eligibility criteria) who are interested in bringing out something new (in any form) which shall be innovative and meaningful in the long run, and those who are interested in organization building – as the course helps in minimizing the number of legal and strategic hurdles that one may face after taking the plunge. You will be much more educated and smart with respect to a whole range of things once you even go through the course even partially.

Abhilash Acharya

Doctoral Fellow, IIM Ranchi

The placement support program offered by iPleaders was useful in securing my first job at Innove Law (a niche corporate law firm in Mumbai).

Unnita Bhattacharya

Associate at Krishnamurthy & Co.

This course has given me valuable insights such as drafting various agreements with clients, dealing with clients, and also choosing right organization structure my own venture and was able to help other entrepreneur in structuring their new venture.
Skills I learned during the course structuring a company, appoint advisors and remunerate them, drafting Co-Founder's Agreement, taxation of software product and SAAS companies, clear understanding of Shareholders' Meetings, legal instruments, Shareholders' Agreement, how to raise investments effectively, drafting employment agreement, Structuring ESOP& ESPS, How to avoid disputes and drainage of resources through courtroom battles, Data protection under Indian law, Cloud computing agreements, How to obtain copyright, trademark and patent registration in India.
Definitely student entrepreneurs studying in college will get a lot of benefits from this course. Interested students will be motivated like me to pursue their entrepreneurial journey keeping balance with various entrepreneurship network system, they can easily create a successful business venture without any hindrance.

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