Mr. Lawyer x Consultant

About Me:

I worked as a media and entertainment lawyer with one of India’s top law firms for 1.5 years, before realizing that the commercial practice of law was not for me. Seeking a role that allowed me to work on impactful projects + creative problem-solving, I joined a boutique management consulting firm that focuses on the Indian legal industry.


Target School: Duke Fuqua

Considering: HEC Paris, IESE

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Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: Well-Regarded Private Law School

Undergrad Major: Law

GPA: 3.3

GRE: 321

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Founding member of a non-profit that provides pro-bono legal representation to folk-artists on commercial deals. There's a massive gap in adequate legal representation available to folk artists in India, which has resulted in quite a few of their original works being culturally and commercially misappropriated. In this initiative, I leverage my former experience as a media-entertainment attorney with a top-tier law firm, to help artists. Personally, the biggest impact for me so far has been the chance to represent a folk artist (who is also a Padma Shri awardee) on one such deal. *Padma Shri = 4th highest civilian award in India. Currently working on ramping up this initiative at scale, by creating a platform that allows folk artists across India access to knowledge resources that could assist them in negotiating key terms on commercial deals, by themselves, without the assistance of a lawyer. | Worked as the college team leader of a leading non-profit that works on uplifting underprivileged communities by enabling access to legal education. I worked as the founding team leader of the state team of this organization. Through my tenure, we were able to sensitize over 500 students from marginalized communities on the power of a legal education, train 5 students for the national law school entrance, which resulted in 2 out of 5 students being admitted to India's top law schools, with full scholarships. Separately, also worked on initiatives to scale our outreach and sensitization efforts, such as a marquee partnership with a leading ride-sharing company, to sensitize the children of their driver partners.

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Consulting

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Title: Associate

Industry: Law

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

One of the project-leads on a quantitative study that deeply examined the causes of workplace burnout and attrition within Indian law firms. Given the current (poor) state of a workplace culture within Indian law firms, this study was highly impactful – wide organic media coverage + resulted in several firms actively working to reform their cultures.

Post MBA Goal:

My experience over the past 2.5 years has convinced me that I’d like to pursue a career as a management consultant. I’d like to start out as a generalist for the first few years and thereafter gradually transition to social impact strategy and policy consulting.


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