Internship Experience @ Chambers of Advocate Ardhendumauli Kumar Prasad, New Delhi: Curing and Filing Defects, Making Case Briefs

Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Arunima Bhattacharya

2nd year, Law Faculty, Delhi University

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Chambers of Mr. Ardhendumauli Kumar Prasad, Delhi

Location: Lajpat Nagar – 3, New Delhi. It’s a little tricky to find. Just ask for Haldiram’s in lajpat nagar. Go straight from Haldiram’s, enter the colony from Gate no 3 and then take the first left. You will cross the first house H- 22 on your left. Go straight, and you will spot H – 11 on your left. This is the easiest way to find his office when you’re going for the first time.

Team Strength: Along with Ardhendu sir, there are four associates, one clerk, and two other members of the staff. Sometimes sir’s wife (also an AOR) visits the chambers. Mr Namit Saxena, one of the three associate is currently also responsible for shortlisting and selecting interns.

Application Process

I sent a mail on his e-mail address : [email protected] and got a reply within 9 days. Sir doesn’t allow more than 3 interns at a time so it’s better to apply in advance. There were other interns who came in through personal contacts as well.

Duration of internship and timings

1st July, 2016 – 31st July, 2016 (which I requested sir to extend and sir allowed)

Office is open on all 7 days. However you can ask for a day off once in a week. Clarify it when you start with your internship. Although, when there was work, interns were also called on saturdays and sundays.

Timings: 10 am – 9 pm. Although, girls are allowed to leave earlier if they stay far from office or have PG/hostel curfew issues.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I was asked to report on the first day by 10 am. However, the office was empty save for my co-intern. We had to wait for others to come till 1 pm, as the team members were busy at the Supreme Court and NGT.

Before you start your internship, confirm your timings one day before you come. You have to be dressed in formals, black and white on all weekdays. You can wear semi-formals on weekends.

There’s one room where Ardhendu Sir sits and has his client meetings, one room that serves as the library and also the sitting area for Namit sir and the interns. One more room where the other 3 associates namely Panshul sir, Jaideep sir and Karma sir sit. There’s the pantry where you can have lunch.

The office is at the basement of a building in Lajpat Nagar and is decent sized. The library is stacked with all the relevant books and updated SCC books. The library is air conditioned and gets REALLY cold very quickly.

On the first day the associates all asked our names and told us about sir, how the office works, lunching plans etc. It was a very informal and comfortable interaction. However, Ardhendu sir keeps busy so we weren’t able to meet him on our first day.

Main tasks

We assisted the associates in research work, curing and filing defects, making case briefs, checking previous court orders, conveying the case status, besides some proofreading and clerical work from time to time. We had to reach the courts and observe court proceedings. I also got an opportunity to make a transfer petition.

Sir only attends to matters of the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal (Principal Bench). So you will be asked to report to either of the courts depending on where you’re needed. Since interns are not allowed inside the court rooms on Mondays and Fridays, you could go to NGT on those days, or directly reach the office.

Work environment and people

This was easily the highlight of my internship! This office is filled with the most amazing people. Not a single day went by when I didn’t laugh out loud at the eccentricities of the associates! Seriously, the most fun loving and easy-going associates to work with. I looked forward to coming to going to office and I often stayed back even after my work got over because I enjoyed their company so much.

Namit sir is the senior who sat with the three interns and made us feel so comfortable, we never really got the ‘intimidating boss vibes’ from him but we respect him all the same and he was so accommodating, sweet and patient that we never felt like taking disadvantage of it.

And then there was this crazy duo of Panshul Sir and Jaideep sir. The moment these three were in the room, we were prepared for a laugh riot. There was one more associate Karma sir but he was on a leave when I was interning. However, he was there for the first 4 days and also turned out to be very chilled out and friendly.

But there is pin drop silence when sir is in the office. But he is generally there for only 3-4 hours so that’s fine. His being in office is a good check on the progress of the work. Lunch was something to look forward to as we all sat down together, unless some associates were busy attending to matters in the courts.

Sir HATES two things: wasting stationery and sitting idle. Never be without work. If he catches you sitting idle, then may God save you.

The really good thing is that sir would want to know what the interns are up to. You are very much a part of the team and are held accountable for the duties discharged. You will not be neglected. Here, your work is appreciated and you are encouraged to learn new things.

You should always approach the associates for work. If you are unwilling to work, they will not assign you any. So don’t take advantage of their easy-going attitude. They are always there to help you, so ask for their help whenever you need it.

Best things

1. The work environment for sure. So chilled out. By the end of it, we became friends. We often chilled after office hours.

2. We were never without work. And access to unlimited coffee. And one cup of tea at around 5 pm by a very unwilling Umesh ji. And the exposure since sir being an AOR has a great network in the legal field. And the regular Supreme court visits.

3. Also, the occasional rasgulla, samosa and Maggi treats in the evening. (Maggi treat is the most frequent)

Bad things
Sometimes there was a bit of clerical work to do. but that’s a part of litigation. Even the associates had to discharge clerical work at times, so I am not really complaining. 
Stipend

Performance based.

Biggest Lessons

1. Don’t shy away from asking for work.

2. Don’t stay inside your shell, make efforts to make conversations and build a network, otherwise you will seriously lag behind.

3. You can have all the fun you want, but don’t let your work suffer.

4. Always respect your seniors. Even if they are breaking the ice and being more of a friend to you than an associate, don’t forget that you’re still junior to them, so be careful with your attitude. Never show them disrespect.

5. Make every effort to expand your network. 

Any Other Thing

The Supreme Court of India is a glorious place to be at. It motivates you in a way that few things do. This internship has changed my perspectives in a huge way and I am really glad that I got this opportunity.

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