Internship Experience @ Chambers of Senior Advocate KTS Tulsi, New Delhi: Stipend of Rs. 7500, Various Court Visits

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Chirag Ahluwalia, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, 4th Year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Chambers of Senior Advocate KTS Tulsi, New Delhi, 12

Application Process with contact details

A mail to [email protected] should be sent ideally 2-3 months prior to the day one would want to join Mr. Tulsi’s chambers for an internship. One should also follow up on it if a reply doesn’t come within 2-3 weeks.

Once an acceptance mail is sent to you, you should be quick to grab the opportunity by sending the confirmation mail.

Duration of internship and timings

4th July to 31st July, 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I was so excited that I’d left my place way too early and reached the chambers at 0915 hrs sharp (reporting time was 0930 hrs).

Since, nobody was there at the office then, I was asked by a maid to sit and wait.

Chambers are adjacent to Mr. Tulsi’s plush bungalow and one can take a break from complaining about Delhi’s pollution and enjoy the greenery and better quality oxygen. I preferred to use my waiting time in the same manner.

Around 0930 hrs, all the other interns started coming, some of them had their first day just like me and some had joined a week prior.
Later, I was asked to show Mr. Hemant Kumar (Administrative Staff) the confirmation mail and sent him my details for Tulsi Sir’s recommendation letter for the Supreme Court pass.

A good library is there within the chambers complex, it comprises of books of all subject matters, both legal and otherwise.

An intern can choose to read a novel to break the monotony and to become more productive.

A Xerox machine, two PCs connected to the printer with pre installed SCC database are also there.

Access to SCC Online and Manupatra is also available and also high speed Wifi, when these things are put together, it makes research work more effective and less tiresome.

To sum up, it could be said that the infrastructure is top notch.

The first formal introduction will take place during the lunch at the dinning table. All the associates, interns, administrative staff members eat together and are graced by Mr. Tulsi’s company.

And it is then the old and famous question “Why did you join law school?” comes to you, asked by Tulsi Sir himself to the interns on their first day.

Now, that I’ve given you heads up, you shouldn’t go unprepared. 😉

Main tasks

Tasks included research on various fileds of law be it Criminal, Civil or any other.

You will also be asked to go to different Courts; Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court to see Sir or any other associate arguing and make notes; and district courts to collect certified copies of evidence or to submit an application for the same, and/or to see Court Al’mahd to get the exact next dates.

You can also be asked to go to a specific police station to collect a copy of FIR. I’d recommend you get your metro cards made and get them recharged.

Apart from these, you will also be asked to assist an associate with research related to questions to be presented in Question Hour of the Rajya Sabha and Bills pending in the Parliament or are to be presented in it.

During my period of internship, Monsoon Session of the Parliament was on, which shifted focus to Parliamentary/ Party related issues more.

I was also part of Sir’s PR team which meant my work was to assist sir’s team on social media platforms and make sure his presence is felt

Work environment and people

Overall work environment spoke nothing short of quality professionalism.

Adequate resources were available for the interns and results rather than excuses were expected of them, rightfully so.

Staff was also very cooperative.

Except for few all the associates were kind, motivating and of helping nature.

Best things

The name speaks for itself.

Sir understands and appreciates the importance of mooting in today’s law student life, thus tries to inculcate the same by arranging moot court competitions.

The Best Speaker even received Rs. 3,500 (in addition to the stipend of Rs. 7,500).

I visited different district courts and that helped me understand how things get into motion at the first level which is very important to understand and sadly underrated these days by law students.

Sir had also arranged for a visit to the Rajya Sabha public gallery for all the interns. That was an amazing experience.

Bad things

Best reason to intern under Mr. Tulsi was that he was one of the few top notch Senior Advocates who used to appear in district courts, which now doesn’t happen. So, the added advantage ceases to exit now.

Last but not the least, one would find that some associates are unnecessarily aggressive which hinders the productivity of interns.

Stipend

Rs. 7500

Biggest Lessons

Professional Competence comes first.

No matter what your background is, what position your parents hold, what contacts you hold, you wouldn’t succeed unless you are ready to put all you’ve got to become professionally competent.

Any Other Thing

Though it is an opportunity one should not miss, but one should also not have high expectations out of it, especially with respect to post law school job prospects.

Some would also suggest that Mr. Tulsi’s chambers will not give that push which is required to make it big in litigation.

Overall Rating

9

Accommodation

I chose to stay at one of my aunt’s.

Udyog Bhawan Metro Station, on yellow line is nearest metro station to Mr. Tulsi’s chambers at 3, Motilal Nehru Marg.

PGs in Lajpat Nagar are available too.

Office Timings

9:30 am to 7:30 pm (for Girls)

9:30 am to No time (for Boys, but one can generally leave office by 2100 hrs).

Timings are rarely relaxed. If one has to leave before the stipulated time, an application has to be given to Mr. Mahesh Sharma (PA to Mr. Tulsi).

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