By Karan Gupta, 2nd year, USLLS, Delhi
My internship started on 1st July 2013 . I worked under them for a month i.e four weeks and I believe that these four weeks have been my best so far after school. Our firm was a legal firm which took cases of criminal nature.
It was situated at lawyers chambers in Tis Hazari District court complex and had another office in the lawyers chambers at the High court of Delhi . Mr. Sanjay Suri was the principal counsel and owner of the firm and had 5 associate lawyers under him.
On my first day I was extremely excited and nervous as I had never been in such a position before. The senior boss and all the other bosses were very receptive towards us as we both were interning in a law firm for the first time.
For the first week we were only asked to carry files and follow our boss and make proper observations of the court procedure, behavior and administration. We were asked to listen the judges and observe how trails are conducted, evidences heard and arguments made. We were asked to read files and then brief the senior lawyer about the matter.
The senior lawyer Mr. Suri were kind , at the end of the day he would correct us when we got wrong and explained all the laws and procedures involved. We read the laws and their commentaries from the office library. Later we were given the task to assist them in research work and we worked as typist for them as we through this exercise were able to learn or a tleast understand the basics of drafting.
As time progressed we started working in the office at the Delhi High Court. It was a different experience all together. It was much different from the district courts of tis hazari, rohini, patiala house and Saket where we had worked. It was a much better and sophisticated work environment in courts.
I appeared in the courts to kindly ask for passovers as and when there was need. I learnt the whole process of filing and getting orders. I learnt how to deal with people working in courts and the clerks which was very important. I saw how matters were closely fought in the court and how the judgements were delivered.
While working in the high court I also got a chance to see eminent lawyers like Mr. Ram Jethmalani and Mr. Prashant bhushan argue in court. Another very interesting part if the work was meeting the clients. It was the first time as were being treated as lawyers and the respect given by clients was something I cannot forget ever.
I also got a chance to sit in a meditation along with my boss and learn how mediation is done. There was a day when we had a matter at Saket court. All the roads were jammed due to rain. Our boss took all of us to the near by Saket mall and we had a great time and partied.
It was a great experience for me. I learnt working with new people such as my co intern. Working under many and new people with my bosses and in a completely real and practical environment. All in all it was great experience which I would have continued had there not been my academics compulsions .