Internship Experience @ Dr. Ashwani Bharadwaj, AOR, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi: Exposed to daily routines and intricacies of advocacy

Name

Ananya Khandelwal, Tamil Nadu National Law School, II year.

Duration of Internship

2 weeks (4th January, 2016 to 15th January, 2016).

About the Advocate

Dr. Ashwani Bharadwaj (B.Sc., LL.M., Ph.D) is an Advocate-On-Record in the Supreme Court of India.

He is an alumni of Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. He practices in the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and Central Administrative Tribunal.

How to apply

I had applied through personal contacts but you could reach him at his Chamber- Ch.319, Supreme Court Lawyers Chambers, M.C. Setalvad Block, B.D. Road, New Delhi- 110001.

Best time to intern

I would suggest to not apply during court holidays if you want to make most of the internship. And it would be best to apply for this internship when you are either in third or later years of your college.

I was a second year student in a five year course when I had taken up this internship. It wasn’t that I understood nothing, but I am positive that I would have understood much better and could have assisted in research and office work had I been in third or fourth or fifth year.

First day

On my first day, the advocate I was interning under had been away. He instructed his subordinates to give me a one-day pass for the Supreme Court and High Court and asked me to look around and observe.

The next day he asked me to get a one-month pass of the High Court made.

What my internship entailed

My internship majorly consisted of court visits, meeting advocates and reading case files. We used to go to High Court each day and pay attention to the proceedings.

In the evening, before leaving, we were given a case file to read. I even got to hear proceedings at the CAT and Supreme Court.

Timings

We used to report at 9:30 am each day to his chambers in the Supreme Court.

The timings are pretty flexible.

If there is not much to do and no cases listed for hearing, you could leave.

But it is best to hang around and go to other courts and witness the proceedings.

We usually left around 5-6 pm.

Weekends are off.

Stipend

None

How to reach there

The Chambers are right opposite Gate D of the Supreme court on Bhagwan Das Road.

The nearest metro station is Pragati Maidan.

The Chambers are a 5-minute walk from there.

Best things

The advocate I was interning under, Dr. Ashwani Bharadwaj, was very amiable and made you feel at ease around him.

He always created a jolly atmosphere when he was around and we could ask him anything and he always cleared our doubts and answered our questions.

We even got to interact with his fellow advocates and his subordinates. They, too, were approachable and helpful. We could engage in healthy discussions with any of them.

Bad things

Since I was interning for a short duration and was a second year student, I could not make the most of this opportunity. I only got to go to his chamber and to court hearings. I never went to his office nor did any research work.

Places to hangout

There aren’t too many places to hang out.

There are canteens in all the Courts. You could go there. The cold coffee in the High Court canteen was good. You get lunch there too.

Pragati Maidan is just across the road from the chambers.

It was hosting the World Book Fair while I was interning. I went there with my co-intern.

If the weather is pleasant, you could walk to and from the High Court. It is just about 2 kms away.

How to make the most of the Internship?

To make the most of this internship, the following suggestions would be useful:

  1. Intern at a time when the Courts are functioning.
  2. Intern for about a month at least (It would give you sufficient time to learn all that there is to know about advocacy)
  3. It would be best to intern with him in the fourth or fifth year.
  4. Do not be shy. Be inquisitive, be curious. He is very friendly and helpful. The more you ask, the more you will learn.
  5. Do talk to him about researching and going to his office. It is something I regret on missing out.
  6. Interact with his munshiji and his subordinates. Most of them are quite helpful and friendly.
  7. Go with an open mind. Everything is not learnt from the book or from the laws. The experience in itself is a lesson. You would be exposed to the daily routines and the intricacies of advocacy. Look around, observe, analyse.

This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.

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