By: Anushka Tyagi, National Law University, Jodhpur, 3rd-year student (BA. LL.B (Hons.)
Name and address of the Organization
Chambers of Mr. Rakesh Kumar Bansal, High Court of Rajasthan and District Court of Jaipur
Duration of Internship
May 13th – June 15th, 2019
I had learnt about this internship from friends from other law schools and had applied here by calling them at their official contact number. I was asked about where I was studying, the semester I was studying, and why I was keen on applying to this internship.
First-day impression and formalities
As this was my first internship at the District Court and the High Court, it was obviously overwhelming to figure out where I was supposed to go. The district court is always crowded and it was confusing to find where exactly the Chamber was. Through a call I was told about what I was supposed to be wearing and that I should carry a notebook and pen with me. Also, I was told that it would be helpful if I had an app downloaded which could help in accessing the bare acts.
Major Roles and Responsibilities
My responsibilities during this internship included assisting in making case briefs and points of arguments, attending and summarizing the court meetings which I attended, researching more on the provisions on which the proceedings were going on, and making notes concerning those provisions.
The provisions were regarding the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, S. 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881and the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, and other provisions related to Family Law.
This 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.
Experience of Interacting with Seniors
Rakesh 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.
Extension of Internship
You can extend your internship for a month if you inform them beforehand.
Highlights of the internship
Rushing from one courtroom to another, and soon you start to get how the court works. And the whole courtroom experience which was pretty different from what we have seen in the movies. It was more like organized chaos and soon you start to get a hang of things and really get engrossed in the day to day proceedings. What I really liked was that this internship wasn’t limited to just reading files but sir actually got us involved in the ongoing cases.
It was a good experience and every student should at least once intern properly at the District & Sessions Court to get a glimpse of the ground realities of the legal field. I felt that there is so much to learn in the field of litigation which we miss in our classrooms. It becomes much more interesting to learn about different acts when you can actually see how the cases proceed instead of just reading case notes.
Interning at a District Court also helped in learning about the initial phases of a case which would help you in deciding whether litigation as a career is something which you are interested in pursuing or not.
No particular skill set is required. Although it is recommended that you go home and see the bare acts for easy understanding of the ongoing cases in the courts and are not roaming from courtroom to courtroom without a clue about what you are experiencing.
The office timings were 10:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m.
Suggestions for accommodation or places to chill near the office
I stayed with family instead of staying at accommodation.
I had to usually go to the District & Sessions Court, near Bani Park or High Court at C scheme. So there are a lot of new restaurants in C-Scheme, one can easily roam around and discover them for themselves.