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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.

Internship Experiences, The Law

Internship Experience

By: Anukriti Mathur

Name and Address of the organisation:

Rajathan State Legal Service Authority

Rajsthan High Court, Jaipur Bench , Jaipur

Contact details:

Ph No. 0141-2227481

Duration of the internship:

15.6.2019 to 10.7.2019

Skills required for application:

You should have basic understanding of law and must have good listening skills

Application procedure:

You have to mail them on rslsajpr@gmail.com with your CV and a covering letter stating the purpose to intern with them

Roles and Responsibilities

Interns day to day roles and responsibilities include the following:

  • Reading and analysing the given cases.
  • Attending  court sessions
  • Visits to Jail, Mental Hospital, Observation Home, Police Station, etc
  • Attend lectures organized by the authority

Office Timings

The office timings were 10:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m.

Working environment:

The working environment is amicable, office staff is helpful and friendly, and it is chance to help the disadvantageous group who otherwise couldn’t afford legal services.

Overall Experience: 

It was a wonderful experience and gave a practical perspective to the theory laws we read. I saw how cases are actually filed and how bails are granted .

It was a different kind of experience as we had to create awareness and interact with disadvantageous groups who suffer hardships .It was a good experience and a part of utilizing my knowledge for benefit of people in need

Internship Experiences, The Law

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE AT SENIOR ADVOCATE MR. A. NATARAJAN ’S OFFICE

Name, College, Year of Study

 Tanushree G L, 5 th Year, SASTRA Deemed to be University.

Name and address of the Organization/Employer 

Senior Advocate Mr. A. Nataraj, NO. 28, East Park Road, Shenoy Nagar, Chennai-600 030.

Duration of Internship:

One Month 

Application Procedure: 

The Application Procedure is very simple as you can directly approach the office and submit the copies of the bonafide certificate provided by the college and the Student ID card.

Major Roles and Responsibilities, the department worked in:

The office primarily deals with many high profile criminal cases in Hon’ble Madras High Court. There are family court matters and also a wide variety of writ petitions in this office. This Office promotes the case study and familiarizes ourselves with all the important legal provisions. Accompanying the mentor who has been assigned to us makes us more familiar with the workings of the court. The mentor explains every procedure that is to be followed in drafting. The office trains us in areas which we are interested to learn.

Working Environment: 

The working environment is very chilled out. The Senior assigns us to a mentor and the mentor explains the whole process. The Senior makes a constant check as to what we are learning through the internship. And despite being a most sought after advocate dealing with high profile cases, he ensures that the interns are properly taken care of. 

Experience of Interacting with Seniors

The Senior in this Office is the very down to earth and humble person, despite what he has achieved. The way he explains before presenting the arguments before the court makes us learn that every detail matters. The respect Senior has among the fraternity teaches us that the humbleness and respect we give comes back to us manifold.

Overall Experience:

I would recommend this place to do an internship as there is something beyond the theoretical aspect which as interns we can learn from this place.

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

 Yes, the office provides an extension.

Suggestions for accommodation or places to chill near the office

There are many hostels available around the office which we can choose from. The Office has nearly 7 advocates working under the Senior and apart from work, they are very chilled out and the office is itself a place to chill out, as hot coffee and snack items are served.

Internship Experiences, The Law

Internship Experience

Name and Address of the organisation:

Advocate Sparsh Gupta

New Bar Complex, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Sector 1, Chandigarh

Contact details:

Mb: 8901294062

Duration of the internship:

1.6.2019 to 30.6.2019

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.

Roles and Responsibilities

Interns day to day roles and responsibilities include the following:

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

Working environment:

The working environment is full of ebullience, everyone is very helpful and friendly, everyone in the office support and guide at our every step, and there is no work pressure but many opportunities to learn.

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 Sparsh sir taught me the importance of being patient, calm and witty at the same time.

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

Internship Experiences, The Law

Internship Experience

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

Application Procedure

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.

Working Environment

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.

Overall Experience

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.

Skill Set

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.

Office Timings

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. 


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