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Linklaters India Internship

The Linklaters India Internship program is only available to Harvard Law School JDs. The program provides students in their 2L and 3L years the opportunity to experience being hosted by Indian law firms in country while they conduct their independent research projects.
For more information or to drop off your completed application materials, please email Hakim Lakhdar at hlakhdar@law.harvard.edu or stop by PLP Suite, Wasserstein 5018. Final date to submit is Monday, November 11th.

Students will spend 3 weeks hosted by prominent Indian law firms, legal departments, and courts while they conduct research on their chosen paper topics specific to the legal profession in India.
Participating firms in the past have included: Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, AZB & Partners, Nishith Desai Associates, Talwar Thakore Associates, the Tata Group, and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud at the Mumbai High Court.  

The program will support those documented costs associated with travel and research up to $2,500. However, students are expected to secure their own visa, complete necessary health measures and book their own international and domestic travel, transportation and housing.
In past years, students have chosen to stay together in moderately-priced local hotels or rented group apartments. Once selected, students will be given an opportunity to meet and exchange information should they choose to make arrangements together.

Academic Requirements
Students are required to produce a research paper following the internship. They will receive credit as Winter Term Writing Credit only if they submit the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office in WCC 4007 by November 8th.
Final research papers are due by March 31, 2014 and in April students will be asked to participate in an informal PLP event to discuss their research topics and share their experience in India.
Note: Students are responsible for all approvals, should your research require approval from the HLS Human Subjects Research Office. This will need to be completed before departure.

Application Process
Students must submit the attached application, which should also include a paper proposal, signature of faculty sponsor willing to supervise the paper, and a copy of the applicant’s resume by Monday, November 11th.
Note: each students academic standing will be checked by the Dean of Student Office, so please do not apply if you are not in good standing.

Participating Faculty
The program will be run through the Program on the Legal Profession with support from Prof. Scott Westfahl and the Dean’s Office. However, other professors have served as advisors for the students are and include: Professors William Alford, Jeanne Charn, Einer Elhauge, Jesse Fried, Robert Greenwald, Louis Kaplow, Catharine MacKinnon, John Manning, Ashish Nanda, Guhan Subramanian, Mark Roe, Mark Tushnet, David Wilkins, and Mark Wu.

Past Student Research
Please see below past student paper topics.

  • Aadhar: A Universal ID System in a National Controversy
  • Structural Alternatives: Creating an organizational model to encourage the success of women lawyers at Amarchand & Mangaldas
  • Globalization, Cooperation, and Indian Legal Education: Case study of Jindal Global Law School - White & Case LLP Collaboration
  • “Going Global” and Being Indian: The dilemma facing Indian regulators allowing access to global public capital
  • Electrification, Entrepreneurship and Equity: The Indian experience in building a 21st century energy policy
  • American Venture Finance in India: Application and effects of Indian law
  • Indian Law on Abuse of Dominance: Three landmark judgments and the road ahead
  • Judicial Activism and Public Interest Litigation in India
  • International Medical Tourism: Perspectives on the global industry and the opportunity as experienced in India
  • The ‘Decade of Innovation’?...Not Quite Yet.
  • A Competition Act by India, for India: The first three years of Indian antitrust enforcement
  • The Search for Certainty: An analysis of India’s Vodafone decision


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