Internship Experience @ Amarchand Mangaldas (AMSS) Law Firm; Kolkata
Process of application: I applied through mails. You do not have to follow up a lot. If they like your CV you will get a questionnaire to fill and then selected on its basis. It is a fairly efficient system.
I mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Timings/Duration: 2 weeks, 5 days a week, 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Interns could leave at 6:30 if your work is over. On very rare occasions I stayed back a little longer but it never exceeded an hour. So, timings are fairly followed.
First impression: I had come with prejudices of being grilled a lot at work but then actually being there changed my opinion. The work atmosphere at Amarchand is good and associates were very approachable.
Main tasks: We were mostly given research work on Arbitration, Corporate laws and other areas as well.
Work environment: Work environment was nice.We were given a fair deal of work by the associates. However, not all associates interacted with us but the ones who did were professional and very approachable.
Best things: I liked the timings, the kind of work, some associates were really good to us and the office is very good. The peons are also very good and helpful. You get free coffee and there are a lot of restaurants and stalls nearby so you can actually go out during lunch break and have awesome food.
Bad things: The internship duration. 2 weeks is really not a sufficient period to learn much. They should at least provide 3-4 weeks of internship.
And no stipend. I have heard about Mumbai and Bangalore AMSS paying a stipend as high as 8000 rupees; so at least a portion was expected from a firm as big!
Other things: Nice place to be and lot of things to learn.