Career

5 Q&A from my law student mentoring session #1

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law student mentoring

I recently realised that I have gained a considerable number of law student connections on my Linkedin profile due to this blog. It gave me the idea to start what I have always wanted to do – mentoring law students and young lawyers. It’s no secret that every young professional needs a bit of guiding and hand-holding to reach their full potential, However, legal profession is notorious for being quite the unfriendly workplace. Unless you discover a great senior who is willing to help you, it’s “learn on your own” at every sphere – be it litigation, law firm job […]

Career

5 tips for the perfect law student CV so that you always get shortlisted for job interviews

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law student CV

In this article, I write on the main things a law student should focus on, while building his CV for placement. As a bonus, I will also tell you what are those things which are usually found in a CV but they don’t matter much to a recruiter. At the end of it, you will know how to create that perfect CV as a law student so that you are guaranteed an interview. I first prepared my resume in 4th year, when we were to apply for internships with law firms for the first time. Earlier internships were all based […]

Contract

5 components of a Contract Style Guide

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contract style guide

In our earlier articles, we have seen 5 points to note before drafting a contract and 5 signs of a well-drafted contract, Continuing therefrom, in today’s article I discuss components of a contract style guide. If you have worked in a law firm, you would have noticed how all documents that are generated there, follow a certain look and feel. The typeface and point size is standard – usually Calibri 11 or Times New Roman 12. So are line spacing, clause arrangement, margin and para justification. Even the language follows a certain flow and structure. This is called a style […]

Contract

5 points to note before drafting a contract

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draft a contract

Whenever you are given a task to draft a contract, ditch the standard templates available the first time. Create one yourself and compare it with the available template to see how you fared. Yes, it’s extra work, but if you don’t do this exercise right at the beginning, chances are that you never will. Once you work on a standard template, you will be predisposed towards that language. You will end up using the same flowery and long sentences full of legal jargon, without ever thinking the ‘why’ behind it. You will always believe that this is how a contract […]

Career

5 Reasons not to be disheartened if you are graduating in 2020

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Are you part of the Graduating Batch of 2020? Are you watching with despair how Covid-19 has brought the entire world to a halt? How workplaces are closed, pay is being cut, business has stopped and people are prisoners in their own homes. Even when the nationwide lock down will be lifted in India, the novel Corona Virus will continue to be present in the world, requiring everyone to exercise extreme caution and follow strict hygiene protocols in their everyday lives. Life might not go back to what it was just two months ago. Needless to say, the economy in […]

Blog

5 Reasons To Start this Blog

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why start The Five Things Checklist

I started The Five Things Checklist to fulfill a long standing desire to do something new. For some time, life had become packed with activities meant for others and not so much myself. This is normal ‘cos I am a lot of things in any given day – daughter, wife and mother, a working professional and an author. Needless to say, it gets tough to manage all your avatars unless you sacrifice or de-prioritize the one aspect – that of being an individual – to free up time and energy. Whenever I thought of doing something for myself, I was […]