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Internship Experiences, The Law

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE AT SURESH SHARMA & ASSOCIATES, DELHI

By: Hanoon Vahab, 3rd Year, BBA LLB, Geeta Institute of Law.

Name and Address of the organisation:

SURESH SHARMA & ASSOCIATES

505, LAWYERS CHAMBER DIST.COURTS, ROHINI, DELHI-110085

Duration of the internship:

03-01-2020 to 14-01-2020

Skills required for application:

You should be well versed with law subjects to apply for the internship, but if you have good communication skills in English, that will have an upper hand.

Application procedure:

Prospective interns may get selected by interviews, in case of selection you have to submit your CV and on the basis of your CV and interview, they will contact you and will provide the details

Working environment:

His internship provided me with exposure to both the District and High Court. The work looked daunting at first but the advocates under whom I was interning were very helpful and helped us understand the different aspects of litigation field.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Reading and analysing the given cases.
  • Attending  court sessions
  • Drafting complaint and will 
  • Doing research work on ongoing cases.

Experience of Interacting with seniors:

Chiragh sir was always helpful and approachable, always ready to solve any doubt we had. Be it regarding the bare acts or the procedural formalities. What I learned in this internship is that there is a huge difference between the practical and theoretical aspects of the legal profession.

Overall Experience: 

The overall experience was great, with the great support and guidance my drafting and research ability skills improved a lot, and I understood the importance of practical and theoretical knowledge.

By attending sessions in courts, I learned how to behave in courts and what the proceedings in the court are; and sir taught me the importance of being patient, calm and witty at the same time.

This internship helped me to boost my confidence and helped me to know how hard I need to work to achieve my goals.

Internship Experiences, The Law

Internship Experience at J.D. Legal and Associates.

By: Pooja Makarand Mujumdar, ILS Law College, 2nd year LL.M. (2018-2020) (Last semester of LLM postponed due to Covid-19)

Name and address of the employer

Adv. Prasad Jadhav, J.D. Legal and associates, Shop no.22, Anusaya enclave, Jagtap Chowk, Wanawadi, Pune 411040.

Duration of Internship

The duration of my internship was about 2 months. It was from 1st Nov 2019 to 31st December 2019. 

Application Procedure

There is no hard and fast application procedure for the internship as such. I heard of their office from some common friends from other law schools. You can take an appointment, visit the office, and get interviewed by the lawyers if you are interested to intern. 

Major role and Responsibilities

  • Assisting in case briefs.
  • Attending court sessions regularly for getting dates, hearings, and taking notes.
  • Reading and analyzing cases. 
  • Researching the ongoing cases.

Working Environment

The working environment was very friendly. All the partners and the associates were very co-operative. I got to learn a lot of new things while working. Everyone is very helpful and friendly. There is no strict work pressure and un-ending deadlines so one can work very freely. 

The highlight of the Internship

Reading about IPC and CPC in our LLB and actual practical working of the court are two very different things. Thus, you can get to learn a lot of what is practically done in court, how to draft notices, etc. Managing the work, dates, and cases of various clients is what you can learn while interning for an advocate working in a District Court & High Court. 

Overall Experience 

The overall experience of the internship was very good. Due to regular visits to the courts, one gets familiar with the working. The office mainly deals with a variety of civil cases so you get to learn a lot. The overall experience was good because everyone is very co-operative and friendly and can give you proper guidance in matters. Also, the office timings are flexible so you can work part-time while doing your LL.B.

Required skillsets

One must know how the civil court works. One must be through with their knowledge of civil matters. You will learn the know-how and day-to-day practical working of the district court.   

Whether the firm provides an extension or whether there is a policy of only a one-month internship?

There is no particular strict policy that one can intern only for one month. The lawyers can allow you to work longer than that as the work involved is of day-to-day court work.  

Suggestions for accommodation/places to chill

There are girl’s hostels and many paying guests’ services available in Wanawadi. There are also many cafes and hotels to chill and eat around the office.

Internship Experiences, The Law

Internship Experience at Praxis Counsel, New Delhi

By: Ananya Goswami, 4th Year, Fairfield Institute of Management and Technology, GGSIPU, New Delhi.

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Praxis Counsel, Advocates and Solicitors, M-15, South Extension-II, New Delhi has two partners, Mr. Matrugupta Mishra and Ms. Shikha Ohri Vashishth along with three associates, Ms. Pratiksha Chaturvedi, Mr. Samyak Mishra and Mr. Aman Sheikh.

Application Process with contact details

I applied through a contact but you can also send your cv to the front desk.

Duration of internship and timings

May, 2020 to June, 2020

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

It was not really my first day at Praxis as I have previously interned with them back in June’19 and January 2020 respectively. Ordinarily, on the first day, you are introduced to the associates first and then the Partners. The office is very spacious and beautiful. Usually, there are 4-6 interns but this time due to COVID-19 I was the only intern. The office staff and the clerks are very friendly and helpful. The coffee from the pantry is amazing (Just putting it out there!). 

There are no formalities as such but you need to fill out a form usually in the first week of your internship in which you have to mention your details along with the period of internship. 

The office is as I said earlier very spacious. The locality in which it is located is very safe as it is a residential area. If you travel by metro then take the pink line and exit from gate no. 3, South ex metro, and from there it’s only a 5-minute walk.

Office Timings

The usual office timings are 10-7 but if one has some urgent work then one has to stay back.

Main tasks

Praxis Counsel is Electricity litigation based firm and that is why the main tasks revolve around Electricity laws. The interns are given research work on various central and state electricity rules and regulations. The research work also includes competition law, arbitration, and contract law at times.

Besides research work, interns are assigned the drafting of various legal documents and also assist the associates with the drafting of Petitions, Appeals, etc. The interns also accompany the Partners and the Associates to CERC, APTEL, High Court of Delhi, and Supreme Court of India.

Work environment and people

The working environment is one of the best things about this firm. The friendly environment and the welcoming approach of the Partners and Associates of the firm help the intern to learn better. The partners as well as the associates are extremely humble and are always there to help. The most important thing that I have learned there is that the atmosphere of the workplace really affects your productivity. The lively atmosphere at the office has helped me to grow and polish my skills. 

Best things

Again, the working environment and the friendly nature of everyone in the office. All the people at the firm are always ready to clear your doubts even if it is something very small. You can also ask the doubts n number of times and they will still explain to you with great enthusiasm. If you are a Bollywood fan then you must have a chat over coffee with Matru sir and Pratiksha ma’am. There is no dull day in the office! Matru sir is always ready for a great conversation and you never have to worry about the topic as he knows something about everything. My favorite time of the day would be lunch as everyone be it the Partners or the interns eat together in the conference room and talk about anything and everything. You will never feel left out of the conversation.

Bad things

There is nothing bad as such at Praxis.

Biggest Lessons

Active participation is the key to have a better learning experience. If you are eager to learn then, they are definitely ready to teach you, and if you still do not understand then do not hesitate to ask again.

Internship Experiences, The Law

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE AT CARPED, HYDERABAD

Rajrishi Ramaswamy, Second Year B.B.A LLB student (five year law), Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad.

Name and Address of Organization:

Centre for Action Research and People’s Development (CARPED), 8-3-228/267/A, Kranthi Damam, Rahmath Nagar, Yousufguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500045.

Duration of Internship

One month, 11th November 2019- 11th December 2019.

Application Procedure

The NGO was in contact with my college, through whose Training and Placement Cell I was was able to take part in the internship.

Major Roles and Responsibilities

Since CARPED is an NGO dealing with slum development, I mostly had to do field work whereby I, along with a team of interns had to visit slums across Hyderabad and Secunderabad. We had to interact with the residents of the slums and get to know their issues and what are their day-to-day activities, profession, demographics, income and other such details. The team of interns were guided by members of the NGO who knew evert slum in and out and helped by giving a lot more insights of life in a slum. 

Working Environment

Despite the fact that most of the work done was in the field, the working environment was one where asking questions were encouraged and interaction was very much supported. 

Highlights of the Experience

The interaction we had with residents of the slums, teachers at anganwaadis, etc. was not just limited to casual conversations to get to know them better, but also was in the form of surveys where we were given a questionnaire which we had to go asking around and the results were then to be given to the NGO who will analyse the same.

The slums visited were some of Hyderabad’s biggest and the people there were mostly nice but there were unwelcoming residents who had in more than one occasion behaved rudely with the interns. Getting to know the issues of the residents however, had shown us how much better off we lived despite us having our own issues. 

The interaction also included training some school students for performing a skit on an event organized on account of World Toilet Day, which was attended by Municipal Officers and had wide regional media coverage. The students were active and lively.

Though their behaviour was unruly at times, they made up for the same by working hard and doing a great job on the day of the event.

Overall Experience

A lot of us have our own perceptions of slums and some of us think that development of slum areas is easier than it sounds and that we just have to relocate the residents for a temporary time period within which the desired developments can be made. Similar is the common perception regarding development of anganwaadis. But after visiting the slums and interacting with the residents, one thing was imminent. We learnt that the residents were first unwilling to move out of their houses, even if temporarily and even if they were willing (which happened once or twice in the past), each male member of the usually existing joint families wanted their own house for their own respective families. 

Governments have come and gone but not one of them aimed for the development of these slums. If anything, political authorities and sometimes even the slum leaders look at slums to be tools which they can achieve monetary benefits or achieve their other agendas.

Unfortunately, even if this attitude changes, one can never be sure if the stubbornness with which slum dwellers want to remain in their establishments will change or not.

There therefore is a need for those students of law who are willing to work for the upliftment of this social class to learn properly about their issues, their living conditions, the politics inside the slum, attitude towards government action, etc. Only if the basics are known can any person fight for their rights. 

Required Skills

For an on-field internship in slums, the required skills are listed hereunder:

Effective communication skills: Effective communication does not just include the ability to speak well but to also ask questions or make statements after judging the situation and acting accordingly.

  • Language: It is highly recommended that such internships be taken up at those places where one has fluency in the regional language and can understand the language clearly even if spoken in a different dialect or a new manner, as is the case with slum dwellers.
  • Listening skills: While it is true that slum dwellers are visited by a lot of people surveying them or getting to know them, they appreciate a person who listens to their entire issue before making a statement.
  • Social skills: As previously mentioned, an intern should be able to interact irrespective of social, political or other differences, which has made interaction difficult in some cases. 

Internship Experiences, The Law

Internship Experience at Calcutta High Court

By- Antalina Guha, Ajeenkya DY Patil University, 4th Year, B.A. LL.B

Name and address of the Organisation

Chamber of Mr. Satyaraj Banerjee, Calcutta High Court.

12/2, Old Post Office Road. Kolkata- 700001

Duration of Internship

June 12th– July 12th,2019

Application Procedure

I sent my application through e-mail. The application should contain the Curriculum Vitae, a statement of purpose, a recommendation letter along with a certificate stating the duration of the internship.

Major Roles and Responsibilities

My main responsibilities during the internship included attending court proceedings and preparing summaries on cases, conferring with clients and other parties involved to gather case information, taking part in meetings, reviewing legal information, and proofing documents.

Working Environment

Everyone at the office was welcoming and cooperative. My guide helped me whenever there was any difficulty. There is no work pressure so one gets the opportunity to learn. 

Highlight of Internship

Running from one courtroom to the other which is located at the opposite end of the building, keeping track of all the cases of the particular day. 

The highlight of the internship was when I got the chance to assist Mr. Satyaraj Sir during a high profile case of an Australian client regarding Trademark Infringement.

Overall experience

A law student must intern at a High Court, at least once, to understand how the system works. What we learn from our books is very much different than what one can experience standing in a court room. One can watch and learn court manners and how the court proceedings are conducted.

Overall it was a great experience working with Mr. Satyaraj Banerjee. He taught me how to file for recovery of money suit, bail petition.

Skills required for application

One should have a basic knowledge of the subject. You will have an upper hand if you are well versed in any particular topic.

Office Timings

9:30 am- 6:30 pm

Extension

You can extend your internship but you need to inform the team beforehand.

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