Internship Experience @ Chambers of Advocate Mukesh Kumar Gupta, Gwalior: Deal with Criminal Law Cases, Learn Practical Knowledge

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Aryan Babele, Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Punjab, 2nd Year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Chambers of Advocate Mukesh Kumar Gupta, Gwalior

Application Process with contact details

Directly contacted to his office and applied for the internship slot. Received a response from Adv. Mukesh Kumar Gupta’s office within a week confirming the dates of the internship.

Duration of internship and timings

July 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The office doesn’t looks like a district court’s advocate office but like a law firm’s building. Three floor building, with 4 senior assistant Advocates and 8 Junior assistant advocates under Adv. Mukesh Kumar Gupta. Infrastructure is although limited. He is in criminal law practice with experience of more than 30 years.

Therefore there is lack of online and e-source databases. But a well maintained library is there loaded with ILR, AIR, SCC etc. Interns sit with Adv. Mukesh Kumar Gupta in his office room. Excellent first impression after looking at the long queue of clients. Completed formalities like submission of internship diary and recommendation letter.

Main tasks

In the internship I dealt with the criminal aspect of law. I was exposed to various sections in the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. Not only did I study these sections in theory, I also learnt about their practical application in the Court.

I studied cases related to dowry death, applicability of various sections of the Indian Penal code, 1860. I was also exposed to the specific M.P. Police Reforms act.

I gained practical knowledge about the fundamentals of the First Information Report, the Statement of the Witnesses, the documents annexed to the FIR, the Post Mortem, Inquest, Bail Application, Criminal Revision etc.

I attended the court proceedings during the internship and gained knowledge about the intricacies involved in a Trial before the Court of Sessions.

Work environment and people

The people I was working with were extremely friendly since they helped me a lot to understand how the Court works and where to go and what to do, particularly because I was so lost during the first two days. Adv. Mukesh sir also takes interest in interns. He narrates his experience of 30 years from time to time and imparts knowledge of a good legal personality.

Best things

This internship definitely helped me to study the different aspects law at the root level and the practicality of such aspects in the Court of law. Basic knowledge of IPC, CrPC etc. The best part was that all the documents related to the cases are drafted in Hindi and it was extremely difficult for me to comprehend the difficult words into English and understand the essence of the document. That helped me to more and more read the files and apply logic. Good for students with interest in local litigation

Bad things

None. Despite

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

There is always an advantage in learning the hard way and knowing how to get around these small issues while interning. It is important to intern at the bottom level to gain knowledge about the basics involved in the working of the judiciary. Once your basics are strong, it becomes easier to understand the higher levels of judiciary and the administration.

Overall Rating

8

Accommodation

I am from Gwalior, so I stayed at home. However, there are lots of PGs in Gwalior around the place where the office is located.

Office Timings

Strict timings. Advocate Mukesh Sir is very strict with reporting time. Duration is 9 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

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