Internship Experience @ Indian Law Institute Library, New Delhi: Interact with Supreme Court Advocates, Lots of Time to Read

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Loveely Priyadarshini

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Indian Law Institute Library, New Delhi

Application Process

The application process is a very simple. One just has to go the library’s office and get yourself registered. You must be in possession of the recommendation letter from your law school and your student identity card.

After the registration you will have to pay a sum of Rs. 25 eveyday as long as you intern. The institute’s address is: Opposite Supreme Court of India, Bhagwan Das Road, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Duration of Internship and Timings

I interned there for 15 days in the 1st semester of my law school during winter break.

The duration was : 12th December, 2014 to 28th December, 2014.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

Infrastructure: The library is huge and has a grand collection of legal books. From autobiographies of various justices to supreme court law reports, classic law journals to manuals and books written by various eminent personalities from legal field and so much more. It has almost all the Indian legal text work that will quench the thirst of a legal bibliophile.

First day formalities: Your only formality is to maintain silence and stay disciplined to maintain the decorum of the library. Nothing much.

First impression: They are extending services beyond the physical walls of a building, by providing material accessible by physical means, and by providing the assistance of librarians in navigating and analyzing very large amounts of information with a variety of books.

It can be the best place to sit in peace and read for hours.

Main tasks

We were not assigned tasks by them. We were just told to go ahead and explore the library.Since I was in my 1st semester, I didn’t really know how to refer those old thick books of Supreme court case laws and do a case research due to my limited legal knowledge. On the other hand I am a big time bookworm and love the world of books.

Every time I read I feel I’m home 😀 So I choose to read instead of sitting and struggling with the law reports.

I finished reading two autobiographies in those 15 days which has left an indelible impression on my mind: My Tryst with Justice by P N Bhagwati and Before Memory Fades by Fali. S Nariman

Work environment and people

The working staff were jovial and friendly.Most of the times the library was occupied by old advocates from the Supreme court opposite to it. They used to confine themselves in a corner and read for hours.

On other occasions it had students from law schools interning there who came just to kill their time by sitting and doing nothing.

The library was also frequented by students of the ILI who came for their research purpose.

Best things

Interaction with the supreme court advocates.

Bad things

No particular framework, guidelines, rules, and tasks for the internship was assigned. Everything depends upon the student’s descretion and what he chooses to do there.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

You will get to learn by seeking from the advocates who came there that law as a profession is not an easy laid back profession. A lawyer has to read all his life because he is never too old to learn. Moreover, god pays but not on every Saturday.

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