Law College and Internship: Law College came with loads of surprises, discoveries, fun and ultimately tons of learning. I still remember the first catchword that I came across as a fresher in Law College – “Research”. That is to say you submerge and try finding for yourself something out of this vast ocean of Knowledge.
Gradually came in the element of Moot courts, Research papers, PPO’s and Internships. For an aspiring Counsel practitioner like me, internships have played a fundamental role in shaping my approach towards this field.
Having been fortunate enough to work with an eminent Advocate of the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court after my First Year, who guided and directed me in every possible way, the quest for learning law and advocacy became more intense. Thus came in, the internship I waited for quite some time. A two month long internship in a Law Firm at Mumbai named ALMT Legal.
ALMT Legal’s office is located at Express towers, Nariman Point, Mumbai. They have a wide range of expertise in various segments – Banking and Finance, Litigation, Corporate, Immigration, Transport and Infrastructure, Media and Telecommunication, etc. to mention a few.
The work: I worked in the litigation department till the time the courts went on the summer break and learned the approach of a law firm to the litigation sector. Unlike my previous experience where I could witness the proceedings only in the appellate court, at ALMT I got the opportunity of going to the lower courts as an observer.
Also, what enriched my experience was going to these courts with different associates of the firm. Keenly observing every individual’s working technique contributed to my learning and experience in a mammoth way.
The cordial relations maintained by the firm with clients and other advocates gave me a very basic insight into the levels of transparency adhered to by the firm.
Mumbai and the Learnings: During the time when the courts were on a break, I was introduced to the corporate and other related divisions. The comprehensive learning experience would have been incomplete without an orientation into the growth dynamics and challenges faced by these divisions.
Also looking back what I now greatly miss is Mumbai. The unlimited levels of learning and experience and wisdom that the city offers are definitely worth a mention. The long travelling hours, the unexpectedly warm outlook of the people made my stay memorable apart from the rich work experience.
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