Internship Experience @ Advocate Anuradha Dixit, New Delhi : Good Work Environ, No Stipend

Name. College. Year of study.

Aditya Marwah, Jindal Global Law School, 2nd Year

Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office? Team strength.

Anuradha Dixit, Advocate, New Delhi, Chamber No. 486, Patiala House Court, Tilak Marg, New Delhi.

The chamber was very small and all the chambers of the Court were small and looked cramped because of the files and papers placed everywhere.

Duration of internship

July 1- 30, 2013

Application procedure? Internship Contact Details

I was given the internship by the Placement Division of my college.

But ma’am does take interns if someone contacts her. She can be dropped a mail on her id- [email protected]. Her Mobile No. is- +91-9312411481.

Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.

Duration of my internship was 4 weeks. We had six days a week schedule but were given holidays on 2nd and 4th Saturday. Timings were from 10:30- 4:30.

Sometimes we had to work till 5:30 but that happened just twice or thrice. If we had to go to some other court then we were asked to reach that court at least 15 minutes prior to the time of the hearing of the case.

First impression, first day, formalities

On my first day I got down at Pragati Maidan Metro Station (Blue Line) and took an auto to Patiala House. The Autos rum from the station to the courts on shared basis and I had to pay 20 Rupees.

Supreme Court is right opposite to the Metro station and High Court is also nearby so lots of people in the “black and white” uniform can be seen in the morning on the roads.

But from the second day onward I used to walk and it would take me 15 minutes from the metro station to reach the court complex.

Ma’am asked us about our college on the first day and told us that it did not matter to her that which year we were studying in and said that she would be treating us as lawyers and would give us lot of work.

On the first day ma’am left all of us early by 3 P.M. and did not give us much work that day and asked us what all law subjects we had studied till then.

Main tasks

Ma’am has a chamber in Patiala House but she did have matters in other courts as well, so all of us were expected to and were asked by ma’am to accompany her to Saket Court. Ma’am once sent me to Gurgaon court and asked me to get the next date for a case.

I also went to Karkadooma Court on behalf of ma’am. Ma’am handles both family law and criminal cases. In the middle of the internship a criminal case came to ma’am which was to be appealed before the High Court and I was asked to draft an appeal for the same.

I was asked to research on the provisions which various companies had to protect women from exploitation at workplace. I was also asked to make affidavits, claim petitions, execution petition, awards, and appeals in trial court.

I would often be learning about Hindu Marriage act on one day and studying the CrPc on the next day which gave me exposure to both these laws. I read various cases such as divorce, maintenance, domestic violence, adultery, attempt to murder,

Work environment, people

The other interns were very friendly. Two of them were had just completed their first year and were classmates, one intern was a senior of mine from my college, and there was one junior under Ma’am who joined in the last week of my internship and he had completed his law.

The chamber was small and once in a case ma’am called both the spouses of a case along with their parents to her chamber to help them do an out of court settlement, but the chamber became so crowded after the parties came, that all of us (interns) were asked to wait outside the chamber until the parties left.

Ma’am after lunch at around 4 PM daily, used to offer us tea or coffee and sometimes treated all of us with excellent bread pakoras which were made in the tea stall just below the chambers on the ground floor.

The best things AND the bad things

Ma’am usually used to come late at around 11:30 or 12 and on Saturday’s she expected the interns to come and used to give us work and say that she was on her way, but later she would call back and say that she wouldn’t be coming, so often we used to sit idle without any work and end up watching movies and videos on YouTube.

Stipend/month

No Stipend

Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?

I am from Delhi so I traveled by metro. All of us, i.e. the interns used to have lunch everyday in a new dhaba (food stall). There are many such shops inside the Patiala House Court Complex. There is also a Coffee Day Express Retail outlet which used to give excellent Ice -Tea.

Khan Market is also nearby and there we went to Big Chill to have Honey Chilli Potatoes and Khan Chacha to have Paneer and Chicken Rolls.

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