Internship Experience @ Chambers of Advocate Rajendra Chhabra, Delhi: Complete Practical Knowledge of Criminal Law

Name. College. Year of Study

Upendra Yadav, Bharti Vidhya Peeth Deemed University, New Law College, Pune. Fourth year.

Name of the organization. City

Chambers of Advocate Rajendra Chhabra, New Delhi.

Duration of the internship

4 weeks

How big was the office?

3 rooms

Team strength?

One associate and a clerk.

Application procedure.

I had applied through an email id.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings.

Timings are flexible. But usually 10 to 7 pm

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I was staying at my relatives place but one can easily find PG accommodation near to office

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

First day I was called directly In the court where in I met sir and assisted him.

Main tasks

This is a place where in you get to know complete practical knowledge of the criminal litigation in district and sessions court as well as in high court.

We were assigned the task of inspecting the files of the cases disposed off and cases in trial. Accordingly I had to prepare bills.

We were also assigned drafting of criminal appeals, bail applications, revision petition, criminal complaints etc.

Sir also allowed us to accompany him in front of Hon’ble high court as well as district courts.

Work environment, people.

Healthy working environment, Mrityunjay sir his only associate his very helpful caring and makes you understand each and every small small things.

Best things

Sir is very helpful, caring,  always available to clear any doubts which arise in our minds.

The best part is you are never sitting free he will always assign you some work which turns out to be informative.

And importantly what I liked the most was sir will never feel you hungry. Jokes apart but this is best place if you are interested in criminal litigation.

Bad things

None

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest lessons

You come to realize that litigation in initial stage is an uphill task. But working with such an senior will help you a lot.

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  1. abhinav bhardwaj says:

    I Abhinav Bharadwaj am a 3rd year student of B.B.A. L.L.B at National Law University Odisha. I did my internship at Delhi Legal Cell for three weeks at the chambers of advocate Rajender Chhabra. This internship is one where you get the full experience in the field of litigation in District Courts as well as High courts as Rajender sir is a legal Aid Counsel at district court as well as High Court before the Division Bench in criminal side. There is interaction with clients which helps in understanding the basics of client counselling. The basics of criminal law can be learned through this internship. Small things are one which every big lawyer must know and these things can be very easily comprehended from this internship. Filing of cases, getting certified copies, drafting of petitions all sort of works both practical and research are assigned here. One can learn something new every day through this internship.
    Rajender’s Sir extreme command on criminal law is a perfect knowledgeable treat to every intern. How the police works in actual sense , its approach towards the public can easily be grasped through this internship.
    Rajender Sir’s Associate Mrityunjay Sir was a true inspiration. His positive attitude and way of working out things is something which every lawyer should possess. Working alongside Mrityunjay Sir was a great experience for me for which I am very thankful. One who is serious in criminal litigation and have the thirst to learn the practicality of law , Delhi Legal Cell is the correct place. Rest is your efforts..

  2. Rishi Raj says:

    I, Rishi Raj, am a student of final year, B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) at National Law University Odisha. I interned at the chambers of Advocate Rajender Chhabra in the month of November-December 2016.
    Mr. Rajender Chhabra is a legal aid counsel at Delhi High Court Legal Service Committee (DHCLSC) As well as District Court Legal Services Committee (DCLSC) and deals with legal aid matters, mostly criminal cases and the kind of exposure we are given is rare and exciting.
    It is a perfect place for students who are looking to make a career in criminal law litigation. In this internship, the interns learn the practical aspect of the criminal law litigation as well as good research in the field of criminal law. Rajender Sir and Mrutunjay Sir were always present to help in case anyone needed any assistance. We were given work relating to filing petitions, appearing before the judges, visiting police stations to understand how the police investigation works through which we learnt the real mechanism of criminal litigation and dealing with the clients directly. We were also permitted to participate in client counseling which in itself was a great learning experience. We had to stay till 9:30 p.m. almost every day to work on the matters which were listed for the next day. We were also given drafting work such as drafting writ petition (under Article 226 of the Constitution of India), application under Section 127 Cr.P.C., Complaints, Civil Miscellaneous Petitions, filing RTIs and various other notices.
    It is the perfect place to learn the practical aspect of criminal litigation.

  3. pallav gupta says:

    I Pallav Gupta am a student of B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) at Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). I interned at the chambers of Advocate Rajender Chhabra in the month of November 2016.
    Mr. Rajender Chhabra is a legal aid counsel at Delhi High Court Legal Service Committee (DHCLSC) As well as District Court Legal Services Committee (DCLSC) and deals with legal aid matters, mostly criminal cases and the kind of exposure we are given is rare and exciting. Those who are looking for hands on experience in criminal law, this is the best place to be!
    The work at the Courts (Delhi High Court & District courts) mostly involved going through the cause list, taking Passovers in Court, learning Court proceedings, observing arguments, filing work, filing processing fees, collecting Dasti orders etc.
    Though I am in my first year, Rajender sir and Jai sir allowed me to assist them in drafting writ petition (under Article 226 of the Constitution of India), contempt petition under section 12 of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, divorce petition under section 14 of Hindu Marriage Act,1955, filing RTIs and various other notices. I was lucky enough to observe how these petitions are filed and how law takes its course. We were allowed to interact with the clients at office and understand their grievances and problems. We were given the task of finding judgements of the Apex court dealing with particular questions of law which were then placed before the Hon’ble High Court and District Courts to decide accordingly.
    The best thing about the internship is that you never sit idle as Jai sir always provides you with some drafting work or any other (Relevant!) research work. Both Rajender Sir and Jai sir are very friendly and made us eat a lot! Sometimes we had to stay back in the office till 11:30 p.m. and sir made sure that we weren’t hungry. Sir treated all the interns in the High Court Canteen almost every day and snacks were a must in the evening. Rajender Sir’s anecdotes and Surender sir’s supply of coffee never ran out of supply!
    During the internship, I faced the reality of Courts; how to argue a case in real courtroom, how to draw the attention of ‘your Lordship’ and consider myself very lucky to learn the art of drafting petitions at such an early stage of my law School life!

  4. Harshil Gupta says:

    Students those who are inclined towards criminal law and are striving to get theoretical and practical knowledge both, of criminal law, then I think internship under the guidance of Advocate Rajender Chhabra Sir is indispensable. I, Harshil Gupta, first year student of law Centre-1, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi interned at the chamber of Adv. Rajender Chhabra sir in the month of June and July. I got full opportunity and exposure of criminal law during my course of internship. I learned drafting, filing, pleading and other court procedures. The internship included frequent court visits, police station visits, client meetings and deliberation and discussion on important law points.
    Chhabra sir is a deep reservoir of knowledge and intellect and hence he will not only clear your basics and doubts but also give you a deep insight on other important national, social and political issues. Chhabra Sir’s associate Mritunjay sir is also very helpful and supportive.Jay sir’s tenacity and calmness is worth learning.
    All in all I had a great experience working under chhabra sir and Jay sir. Therefore, if one is desirous of learning something in criminal litigation then this internship is of utmost importance for him or her.

  5. Shivam Dubey says:

    I am Shivam Dubey student of BALLB 2nd year of kiit school of law,Bhubaneshwar .I interned for 3 weeks in the month of july 2016 at DELHI LEGAL CELL under the guidence of Adv.Rajendra Chhabra.
    The main task was to go with him in different proceedings at different district courts of Delhi and observe the proceedings because at the end of the day he used to ask what you learnt and observed.
    The best thing was working with such a famous criminal lawyer and because of ample work you get the opportunity to witness end number of proceedings throughout your internship period which really gives you the opportunity to learn the practical procedure of filing a case in the court.His associate Mritunjay sir will always help you in all the problems,rajender sir and mrintunjay sir is very cooperative with new students,and you can ask ample number of doubts during your time period,they will never ask you to wait.
    You should have an art to extract the things from your advocate’s knowledge and experience otherwise you’ll not be able to learn any thing.If you are planning to intern there you should keep one thing in mind that amount of work you want to do will entirely depend upon your dedication. If your are less serious about work, then you yourself would be losing something. So, work hard and have some patience as these qualities are indispensable to succeed in any career relating to law be it litigation, corporate etc.
    If anybody is getting a chance to intern there, one should not give a second thought on that and this is a must do internship .

  6. Pallavi Mishra says:

    I Pallavi Mishra, interned in the chambers of Adv. Rajendra Chhabra in the month of July, 2016.
    The experience has been good so far , there’s a variety of work that one will learn here , right starting from drafting, filing to pleading .
    Sir is really cooperative and clears even the smallest of doubts . Similarly his associate, Mrityunjay Sir is a quite caring person and is always there to help the interns with their work .
    The office environment is professional and punctuality is appreciated .
    If one is desirous of learning something in criminal litigation then this internship is worth doing .

  7. Aiyush Gupta says:

    I, Aiyush Gupta, am a 1st year student of University School of Law and Legal Studies, GGSIPU (Main Campus). I interned for 4 weeks in the month of July . The office is spacious and the environment there is really amazing. Sir is friendly with interns and he is always willing to give opportunities to them to build confidence and also, let us learn the basics of the court.

    Before the case, he used to explain all the interns as to what the case is and how he will be going to argue. This internship let me have the insight of the working of the Trial Court and the High Court. He encouraged us to clear even smallest of doubts, learned how to make briefing of cases, how to plead in the court of law and also, helped me in improving my researching skills. I used to seek the passovers/ adjournments. Along with that, he allot case to each and every intern and explain them, if one is not aware as to how we will be dealing with the case and how do we need to work upon it. Sir and his associate both always provide a helping hand to interns.

    I used to read through the case files, make briefs and the written arguments which included a careful examination of all the facts as well as the provision of law in question. I learned drafting of various legal documents and also, learned as to how to file a petition and also, the complaints. I was assigned work on various issues relating to criminal, civil, contempt and narcotics matters. The bail matters used to be the most interesting ones. He is also the Legal Aid Counsel so through this internship I came to know various issues from which poor people are suffering and how the advocates like him are giving them an opportunity to seek justice.

    Hence, what I would like to convey from my above experience would be that this is the place where one can gather complete practical knowledge of criminal litigation and also learn about drafting various types of applications and petitions, which will definitely help one in his/her life.

  8. Himani Singh says:

    I am Himani Singh student of 4th yr AMU .I interned here for the month of July. On my very first day, without making me wait , I was given a case file to work upon. I got to meet sir in the evening and right then I knew that he was the epitome of what a lawyer should be. I instantly knew that I was at the right place. Then the frequent tis hazari and high court visits enriched us from the core. We even got to interact to a Ld. Judicial Magistrate. The overall experience was worth savouring. I got to polish my professional skills in a way I could never have done anywhere else. On a lighter note, frequent parties on Sir’s behalf made everyone ‘s day after tedious court visits. 🙂

  9. I ankita chaudhary student of 4th year of Aligarh Muslim University.I interned for 4 weeks at DELHI LEGAL CELL office under the guidence of .adv.Rajender Chhabra sir.
    In these 4 weeks i learnt a lot about criminal and court proceedings , for a person who is mad about criminal law can join this office n fulfil his dream to became successful criminal lawyer there are various reasons to support my point such as firstly we learn to punctual secondly we almost visit court thirdly we get to work a lot in office ,we almost does each and every work right from the start point of the case to the end of it,i personally learnt drafting,framing of charges,bail applications etc.Another best experience that i got here is visiting police station and directly interacting with the judge of Tis hazari court.Chhabra sir is a kind of person who shares his personalexperiences with interns.Mrityunjay sir is another important person of this office who is an associate here he also shares his experiences with interns and makes us understand each and every tactics of cases under criminal law.overall it is place where you learn how the district courts work.
    hence i would conclude by saying that it is a place where you come to learn complete pratical knowledge regarding criminal litigation.

  10. Prashant singh says:

    I , Prashant Singh , 4th yr student pursuing B.A.LLB. from aligarh muslim university (AMU).
    Those who are looking for an hands on experience in criminal law,this is the best place to be.
    Chhabra Sir and his associate Mr. Mritunjay have been really helpful all throughout my journey of this one month internship. They have been up to solve any queries regarding any matter.Coming to the office. There are three rooms and the office is run by chhabra sir. Mrityunjay sir, his associate and surender sir takes care of all of us. The work is mostly in tis hazari district courts and high court. Chhabra sir is a wonderful person and an awesome mentor. He assigns you various tasks like research, drafting complaints, petitions etc. Taking care of the files for the next day proceedings, taking pass overs and adjournments from the judge which constitute a major role in the entire litigation process. It is quite helpful. It helps us build confidence in a way .He ensures that you will leave the office learning something and gives tasks accordingly. He is very helpful and friendly that you can approach him if you need any help with the work allotted.During my internship I learned the art of advocacy. I faced the reality of courts, how to argue the case in the real courtroom and learned a lot about litigation.
    So in conclusion this is an internship every law student should do because one can gather complete practical knowledge of criminal litigation and every little aspect of a court that no other lawyer will bother to teach you.

  11. I Prachi Singh, am a student of Amity Law School, Delhi, I interned here for four weeks in the month of July, the work environment was amazing!! Sir was very friendly with all the interns and was very helpful. He encouraged us to clear even the most smallest of doubts, learned how to make briefing of cases and improved my researching skills, his knowledge was so immense that he probably knows about everything under the SUN.
    I used to read through the files and make briefs which included a careful examination of all the facts as well as the provision of law in question. I was also assigned research on various issues relating to service matters, contempt, criminal & civil matters.
    The best thing about this internship was attending the proceedings at the Court.I was eager about the internship as it gave me an opportunity to visit the High Court and get an insight into its working.
    It aided in the clarification of certain basic principles of substantive as well as procedural law. Moreover, it also helped me in developing the fundamental skills of legal drafting.
    The office is spacious and there is a separate room for interns to sit and work. The library consists of a wide range of books, digests, manuals and reporters. The entire place is WiFi enabled. It was a surreal experience.

  12. Harsh Verma says:

    I, Harsh Verma, am a 2nd year student pursuing BBA L.Lb (Hons.) at National Law University, Jodhpur.
    I was an intern at chambers of Rajendra Chhabra for the month of June (4 weeks). Interning at the chambers of Mr. Rajendra Chhabra was an enriching experience as I got to learn about various aspects of law. All interns were given proper work and no one in the office used to sit idle as there were loads of cases to be dealt with. In the course of 4 weeks, I have researched, drafted, visited courts for various purposes and witnesses court proceedings. There was never any shortage of work and we could always ask for something new to work on when done with the previous task. As an intern, we were usually directed to report to High Court or Tis Hazari Court at 10 a.m. and then at 4 p.m., we had to report at the office of Mr. Rajendra Chhabra located in Moti Nagar.
    Mr. Rajendra Chhabra has a very practical approach towards the training of his interns. He always emphasized more on practical knowledge of the subject and functioning of law.
    Overall, it was a great experience for me. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in criminal law or in learning more about the practical aspect of law.

  13. I, Nikhil kohli student of Amity law school Noida, 3rd year I have done my internship at the chambers of advocate Mr rajender chhabra sir is the counsel at the panel of legal aid counsel to Delhi high court . The duration of my internship is 4 weeks
    Advocate rajender chhabra is the main counsel and advocate mritunjay sir is his associate I have done my internship in criminal litigation during the course of my internship I was work at office and court tis hazari court, district court, and high court the work at court includes observing the arguments, taking the adjournment, pass overs , learning court proceedings , filing process fees and I understand that you must be a master of trial courts if anyone wants to become a criminal lawyer
    The work at office includes a drafting of contempt petition , draft the complaints, making a written arguments , file the RTI , research the case laws, read the case files, and other research work etc. The internship includes various cases of legal aid and I will help you to understand the full depth knowledge of criminal litigation this internship is the best internship I have done if anyone is interested in learning criminal litigation this internship is best option.

  14. sahil kumar says:

    I am Sahil kumar pursuing (BA LLB) second year at
    AMITY LAW SCHOOL DELHI
    IP UNIVERSITY

    MY INTERNSHIP AT CHAMBERS OF RAJENDER CHHABRA
    (DELHI LEGAL CELL)

    I am a second year student and I did my internship for 1 month at the Chambers of advocate Rajender Chhabra.
    It is an experience worth sharing with all aspiring criminal law students.

    Those who are looking for an hands on experience in criminal law,this is the best place to be.
    Chhabra Sir and his associate Mr. Mritunjay have been really helpful all throughout my journey of this one month internship. They have been up to solve any queries regarding any matter.
    The very first day of my internship I was called to Tis Hazari Court directly and had the opportunity to assist Sir in two cases. Subsequent visits to the court with Sir made me gain experience and understand the functioning of the courts. Also visits to the police station and client meetings have been really helpful for my growth in this field.
    All facilities were provided for to me and the other interns by Chhabra sir to facilitate our learning experience in office as well as during visits.

    Furthermore I’m highly obliged to have been given the opportunity by Sir to learn more and I’m thankful for his faith in my work

  15. Devshree Gour says:

    If any law student having intrest in criminal litigation than Delhi Legal Cell is the best place for internship for them.
    I have been an intern for the month of June (1st june, 2016 to 30th june, 2016) under the guidance of Mr. Rajender Chhabra Sir and Mr. Jai Tayade sir. In these days I have experienced a lot about drafting quashing reports and written statements, the court proceedings, the filling process and and examination of accused. Delhi Legal Cell also helps me to understand the strengths and weakness of Judicial system, the working of the police as well as other investigation officers. Apart from all the learning experience I also got to collect amazing memories, working with Rajender Sir and Jai Sir was similar to as working with a colleague. Their immense support and guidance made this experience more memorable. According to me if one is looking Forward to exposure then Delhi Legal Cell is the best place for him. This was one of my best internship till date.

  16. Priyanka says:

    I am Priyanka Kambhampati student of Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad. I interned in the chambers of advocate Rajender Chhabra in the month of May 2016.

    First things first! No intern will leave this place without learning anything. If anyone is looking for a place to learn something in an internship this place is certainly the one. By interning here I got to know how the entire litigation process go through. This internship is a much needed exposure to the practicalities of the legal profession.

    Coming to the office. There are three rooms and the office is run by chhabra sir. Mrityunjay sir, his associate and surender sir takes care of all of us. The work is mostly in tis hazari district courts and high court. Chhabra sir is a wonderful person and an awesome mentor. He assigns you various tasks like research, drafting complaints, petitions etc. Taking care of the files for the next day proceedings, taking pass overs and adjournments from the judge which constitute a major role in the entire litigation process. It is quite helpful. It helps us build confidence in a way. Jay sir is a really sweet person. He ensures that you will leave the office learning something and gives tasks accordingly. He is very helpful and friendly that you can approach him if you need any help with the work allotted. He is not angry over our mistakes instead he helps us rectify them. He is very understanding in that way. Chhabra sir feeds us a lot of yum stuff and surender sir takes care of us. If we stay till late in the office he drops us home even though we live nearby. They are flexible while approaching for off’s if you have a genuine issue.

    They are very nice people. I came to delhi for the first time to intern. They made sure that I was well and delhi doesnt seem a place where I know nobody. Court visits are hectic at the same time fun with jay sir and chhabra sir around.

    The experience I got from this internship is something I was never exposed to before despite interning 3 times in other places. Sir deals with legal aid matters mostly criminal cases and the kind of exposure we are given is rare and exciting. I have got to learn a lot in this period a lot of stuff professionally and personally. I had a good time here while learning something. An internship like this is very much necessary in our student life and I am glad I interned here. It is truly a great experience.

  17. Anjali Rajput says:

    I, Anjali Rajput, am a student of 2nd year pursuing B.A LLB from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow. My summer internship was at the Chambers of Advocate Rajender Chhabra. Duration of my internship was of 4 weeks. He is also a member of Delhi Legal Cell. My internship at Chambers of Advocate Rajender Chhabra was an enriching experience in the terms of knowledge, intellect and practical application of criminal law.
    On my first day I was called to the office. I reached office at 10:00 a.m where I was given to read a case file and make arguments for defence. I was taught how to make arguments and other basic knowledge about cases and application of law in those cases. I not only went to the chambers of sir but also accompanied him to Tis Hazari District Court and High Court. Where I witnessed many court proceedings. I was given to read a case file which was listed in the court on next day or within a few days of which I was able to witness the hearing in the court and learned about the reality of court proceedings and practical knowledge of law written in books. While returning back to office Sir discussed with us about the proceedings and other topics also where he asked about our opinions on those topics. I learned how to practically apply the law in cases. I learned how to represent a case no matter what its strength was. I witnessed the video conference with the jail inmates to discuss their proceedings in the courts by their respective lawyers and also the counseling by Sir in Delhi Legal Cell where opinion was given to applicants regarding their cases.
    Mritunjay sir, who was his legal associate guided us at each and every point. He helped us in our problems and assigned us our daily work. He many times saved us from scolding of Sir. He helped us a lot in completing our work and also gave us many points to do our work efficiently.
    There was a friendly work environment in the office. Both our mentors were very friendly. There was no single time during our internship where we were hungry. Sir used to make us eat a lot. There were times when we stayed back in office till 11:00 p.m, then Sir used to make us eat our dinner in the office only, lunch while returning from court even in courts also and snacks in the evening. Surendar sir used to bring lots of things to eat and help us to find case files in the office.
    During my internship I learned the art of advocacy. I faced the reality of courts, how to argue the case in the real courtroom and learned a lot about litigation.

  18. Aabhas Srivastava says:

    I, Abhas Srivastava student of Semester VI from Institute of Law, Nirma University, underwent this summer internship training program at the Chambers of Advocate Rajender Chhabra. The duration of internship was for 4 weeks.
    Advocate Rajender Chhabra Sir is the main counsel and Advocate Mritunjay Sir is his associate. During the course of internship, I was given the opportunity to work at Court and Office. The work at court circled around regular visits to Tis Hazari Courts and High Court of Delhi depending upon the matters listed at these two courts. After completion of the work at Court, I was supposed to report at the Chambers where I was allotted the work relating to cases that were scheduled for future dates.
    Since, Sir practised majorly in the area of Criminal Litigation, almost all kind of work that is essential for criminal litigation was allotted. The work at courts included witnessing the court proceeding, learning court procedures that included- observing cross- examination of witnesses, filing of process fee in different cases, applying for certified copies, applying for Inspection of court file, observing the arguments on various applications moved at different stages of trial.
    The work at office included- Drafting of petitions and appeals, drafting of various applications and Written Statements, research work e.g. research on legal propositions, case laws, reading of case files to understand the legal concepts, preparing and drafting of Written Synopsis of different cases for final arguments, updating office files etc.
    Since, Sir is also the Counsel at the Panel of Legal Aid Counsel to Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee both on single bench as well as Division Bench, we got to work upon many cases of Legal Aid. The internship offered me the practical insight on various aspects of Criminal litigation. The internship included office preparation of various cases of Legal Aid and then obtaining practical knowledge of various cases by observing them inside the court. Rajender Sir used to discuss the legal position and technicalities of various cases that he was allotted from legal aid cell and then guided us to work upon the cases as per the demand of the particular cases. Sir also used to pre-orient us about the court proceeding as to what submission Sir would be making in the court and then used to ask us about our understanding about the proceedings.
    Rajender Sir also took us to court every time whenever any matter was listed for PE or DE. Sir cross – examines the witnesses very carefully and articlulatively and successfully use his skills and experience to turn the case in his favour and obtain acquittals in various cases. Sir often used to discuss and teach us about various aspects of criminal law. Sir also used to personally discuss each and every case with the intern to whom, work was allotted pertaining to that case. I also had the opportunity to visit police station where I came to know about the working and approach of the police towards the matter. Sir always used to take very strong stand for the client in police station which will be of great help for me in future.
    We were also given the task to draft various applications, appeals and petitions. We were also allotted the task of studying the case files of various legal aid cases and then prepare written synopsis for the final argument. Research work was also allotted that included researching upon judgements and case laws on some legal point and researching upon various legal propositions. This enhanced our skills relating to drafting, preparing of criminal complaints, case files and other office works.
    Sir also took us to a Legal Aid Gathering in one of the local schools where the Legal Aid Cell propagated the purpose of legal aid and justice to all. We were also taken to the video conferencing session conducted by Delhi High Court Legal Service committee, where we got the opportunity to discuss the status of the case with the concerned prisoners of Tihar Jail , under the instruction of Sir.
    The working atmosphere of the office is congenial and friendly. Mritunjay Sir is extremely helpful and cooperative. He ensured that every intern is allotted work and no one sits idle and moreover that everyone learns during the internship. At office we were asked to complete pending works and to finalise the work of the cases scheduled for hearing at future dates. The internship has offered great insight into the practical aspects of criminal litigation both at Trial Court as well as High court. I learnt various trial court procedures during this internship and came to know in much detail about the trails in High Court. Beside all the legal teachings and learning, Sir also taught us other aspects of life especially our duty towards the society as a lawyer; to further the cause of legal aid and justice to all.
    If anybody has the extreme interest in learning the Criminal Litigation, “ DELHI LEGAL CELL’’ is the Best option.

  19. Shreya agarwal says:

    I, Shriya Agarwal a 3rd year student pursuing BA.LLB. in Institute of Law, Nirma University had undergone a summer internship at Delhi Legal Cell under the guidance and supervision of Adv. Rajender Chhabra Sir and Adv. Mritunjay Sir. My experience throughout this internship had been like a swift flowing river where I got to learn and experience many new things. Since the day one all the interns were supposed to report by 9:45 at the Tis Hazari Courts or at the Delhi High Court where a good number of matters were listed. By visiting the courts daily, I got the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in the field of litigation where I learned the basics from the filling of the petitions to the pronouncement of the judgment. Sir has maximum cases of legal aid pertaining to criminal and family disputes. As on the daily basis the number of matters listed in the court were in good numbers so we intern were required to appear before the court to take pass-overs or to ask for short date. Rajender Sir even gave us opportunity to argue or cross examine before the court under his supervision. Apart from this I was even assigned the very elementary works that every lawyer should know to succeed in this profession. I learnt the basics of the legal field pertaining to inspection of file, filling of process fee server and the way to apply for certified copies. After the court hours I use to report to the office where we prepared for the cases that were schedule on the next date. I drafted various criminal applications, petitions, legal notices, complaints and prepared many bail petitions. Moreover, I read many case files and prepared written synopsis for the same. Further I learnt many new methods of researching through which I researched on many legal provisions and case laws. I even visited the police station and witnessed the video conferencing with the jail inmates and the list is exhaustive.
    Delhi Legal Cell is prospering under the leadership of Rajender Sir, who has expertise in criminal law. It is amazing to see Sir arguing in the court. Even if the case file is so strong that no defences can be prepared but Sir brings out some or the other relevant point which all of us ignores. He does his best in the interest of his client. Being with the Sir in the courtroom or in the court premises was a privilege for me as he is the person who showers all relevant knowledge and information on us. At regular intervals whenever he feels that I, being a law student should know a particular fact then sir himself tells us about the recent update and about the basic court proceedings. I cannot forget the time when we all use to come back from the court to the office in Sir’s car and sir use to ask questions from us. He use to ask us basic questions but sometimes I failed in that. Sir was like a guardian to me, he scolded me at my mistakes and at the same time he took proper care of us and ensured that while we work we also had our meals. Sir always explained me that our profession is the most royal profession where the sky is the limit, one can achieve anything and everything which depends on one’s hard work.
    My immediate supervisor was Adv. Mritunjay Sir, an associate at Delhi Legal Cell. He entrusted me with many responsibilities and guided me throughout the internship period. Sir is very friendly, helpful and the best supervisor for an intern who really wants to learn about the legal profession as sir himself takes the initiative to teach us and explain us. I had healthy discussions with Sir on various legal points and on legal propositions. Sir never scolded me for my mistakes, he was very humble and polite throughout my internship. Sir always created a friendly and relaxed environment in the office at the same time ensuring that all work is done within the time. Sir really motivated me a lot as he is very hardworking, he use to stay in the office doing his work till late at night. Sir is the person who use to take all the liabilities on him whenever any of the intern went wrong. Throughout the internship tenure, Sir explained me very basics about life, legal profession and how we should continue doing hard work as hard work never goes unawarded. I had a wonderful time interning under Sir. There is Surrender Sir at Delhi Legal Cell who took care of all the interns, he was always on time before all of us and he use to take out all the files, work to be done on the next date.
    Therefore, to conclude, the internship at the Delhi Legal Cell will be one of the best, where the office will easily accommodate everyone into a friendly and a professional environment. My experience here is remarkable as I got the best opportunity to learn and grab things.

  20. Akansh Mittal says:

    My Experience (summer internship)
    I, Akansh Mittal am a 2nd year student pursuing B.A. L.L.B. (Hons.) at Institute of Law Nirma University Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

    This is the best internship I have done till date for the reason that the knowledge, I could pick up from working here will be of extraordinary help in building my carrier as a lawyer.
    Before this internship I have done around 4 internship but I was not able to gain this level of practical knowledge about the basics related to become a Lawyer. In this internship I was able to learn drafting of various application for bail, parole, legal notices etc. I was also able to learn drafting of CMM and filing it as well in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi.
    On the first day I was directly called to the Delhi high-court and was told to observe a case argument which was the first case I heard in this internship and it gives me extreme happiness to share my experience, that the level of argument and the approach to put the defence by Adv. Rajender Chhabra Sir was so unique in itself that we were able to won the case .
    After the court hours I needed to report to the workplace and was told to do the pending work and the work related to the cases that are assigned on next date. The best thing about this Internship was that both Rajender sir and Jay sir was there to bail us out and they will show you the correct way at each point and I got the opportunity to learn numerous things from them. Some of the time I got admonished on our mistakes yet from those slip-ups I took in a great deal.
    One of the best thing in this office was that the lively discussion that happen every day while travelling from court to office and after the office work we discuss the law points and the best portion of this discussion was that our conclusion was additionally considered, acknowledged and appreciated.
    It was my good fortune because Rajender Sir is the panel Advocate of DELHI High Court Legal Service Committee, so I got the chance to be the part of the video conferencing with Tihar Jail inmates as it was the experience everyone will not get.
    The work I got mainly was to draft petitions, applications and legal notices. From which I got to learn many things. This was the best internship I did though the work load was much more then what I expected but this was the best work experience I have ever had.
    So in conclusion this is an internship every law student should do because one can gather complete practical knowledge of criminal litigation and every little aspect of a court that no other lawyer will bother to teach you.

  21. Naman Khatwani says:

    I, Naman Khatwani am a 2nd year student pursuing B.A/B.Sc L.L.B (Hons.) at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. My internship here at Delhi Legal cell with Advocate Mr. Rajender Chhabra has been a very enterprising and learning experience for me. Besides learning how to draft various types of petitions and researching on multiple aspects of law, I also gained a substantial amount of practical knowledge with regards to litigation. Specializing in criminal litigation, interning here has enriched me with information on how a trial works from the filing of the petition to the judgement on the same.

    As an intern, I was directed to report to either Tis Hazari Courts or the High Court at 10:00 am where multiple cases were listed for the same day. In the Courts I learned every practical aspect of litigation at all stages. Having several cases listed on the same day, interns were usually required to ask for adjournments or pass-overs in other cases. Following that, we observed Court proceedings, where we had the privilege of watching Sir’s argument or cross examination of prosecution witnesses. A great thing about the same was that Sir, left no stone unturned in a case, and tried to win his client’s case at every stage of the trial. Watching Sir’s argument in itself was a highly knowledgeable treat and we got to learn a lot about how to present a case immaterial of its strength. We also performed other duties like moving applications of all types to inspect files, file the Process fee form, and other requirements for the office like filling for the certified copies of a document required. The associate in the office, Mr. Mrutunjay sir enriched my internship here, as he has taught me various practical aspects of litigation and ensured that I was working in the right direction.

    After dealing with all the cases in the Court, I was required to report back to the office, where we would prepare for the upcoming cases. In the office, I drafted various applications and petitions which ranged from civil complaint cases to Criminal Writ petitions. These petitions included multiple types of criminal reliefs like appeal against conviction, parole, bail, furlough, and applications to ensure judicious trial in the Trial Court itself. I also helped to file E-FIRs and letters/ complainants to governmental bodies like the police, RWA and the MCD. The civil petitions included cheque bouncing cases to Civil petitions in the High Court and the work was exhaustive in nature. A main task of drafting petitions also included researching on statues and case laws to apply them effectively. I also prepared written synopsis for cases which helps in giving the Court a brief outlook on our case and assists in arguments as well. Mrutunjay sir had entrusted me with a lot of responsibilities which ensured that I also comprehended the practical aspects of litigation.

    There also used to be a lively discussion on the point of law everyday. The interns along with Sir debated on various statues and case laws with everyone allowed to present their opinion and heard peacefully. Often, Recurring and new events were discussed and this lead to an enlightening session with everyone having their say on the topic and hearing different insights. With Sir, being a Legal aid Counsel on the panel of High Court as well as District Court, I also got the chance to observe sir giving legal advice to various clients in the DHLSC for free. This was not only a learning experience but with Sir involving us to understand how to deal with clients and give them sound advice and help them was in itself very heart-warming.

    The work environment in the office is very comfortable but professional. We not only are expected to research on cases but also understand how to deal with clients and various other problems and instances in litigation. However, my internship was not limited to Court visits and the office but also included video conferencing with Jail inmates, police station visits, Legal Aid Counselling, Client and Witness visits, and meeting the JM of a district. I was also given the opportunity to address the college students through a programme conducted by Delhi State Legal Service Committee , on certain legal issues and make them aware of their legal and constitutional rights which in itself was self boosting task.

    However, the thing I’ll take away most from this internship is the practical knowledge that I’ve afforded. Being a frequent visitor of the Court, I learnt the different aspects in litigation. An incident that I’ll cherish from this month was when we had multiple matters listed before the Hon’ble High Court. Sir was busy in arguing the murder case before of a division bench, and I was asked to request the Hon’ble Justice Siddhart Mridul to pass over the matter, as Sir was busy. Appearing before the Hon’ble Justice, he struck a light hearted- conversation with me. On finding out that I was an intern and making a request to Passover the matter, he asked me to argue the case which was on quashing of an FIR. I responded by telling the Hon’ble Judge that I did not have the file of the case and hence, I couldn’t argue. Hon’ble Justice Mridul then adjourned the matter to a date 3 weeks from the day and instructed me to appear before the Court on that day to argue the same matter. This was a very inspirational as well as joyful incident for me, as it further motivates me to go into litigation, and I’ll remember the same for years to come.

    Hence, what I would convey from my above experience would be that this is the place where one can gather complete practical knowledge of criminal litigation and also learn about drafting various types of applications and petitions. Besides learning academically, I’ve also gained a lot of experience and information which will definitely help me in the years to come.

  22. Ms. Sonali Gupta says:

    I Sonali Gupta student of 3rd Indore Institute of Law, Indore. I interned in Delhi Legal Cell for a period of 15 days under the guidance of Sir Rajender Chhabra . An application for internship can be sent to [email protected] if one wants to explore his skills in Criminal Litigation
    In these 15 days I got to learn lot about the criminal proceedings and the practical aspect of criminal litigation. The exotic manner of examining and cross-examining the witness. The preparation of defense for the bail application. Lodging of an FIR, analysis of the charge sheet and framing of charge etc. I also got an opportunity to witness the counseling of the aggrieved party visiting the Delhi Legal Aid Panel for Legal advice. Filling for the certified copies. Preparation of petition for Parole etc. Apart from these I also got a chance to attend the Video Conferencing conducted to interact with the prisoners of Tihar Jail and their respective Advocates through which under the instruction of sir, I informed a prisoner about the current status of their case. Here one gets maximum exposure to sharpen their advocacy skills by seeing the excellent manner in which Sir Rajender Chhabra argues in the court with his extra vigilant command over Law and the exemplary quality of convincing the judge with his opinion.
    After being free from the Court we use to move for the office work. Here we prepared for the cases listed for the next day. It is here that we explore our research and drafting skills. Apart from the cases Sir use to discuss various topics of legal importance which gave us better knowledge of our profession like dowry death, abatement to suicide, death penalty etc. We were put under the guidance of Mritunjay Sir who was a great mentor as well as a very cooperative person. He holds a good knowledge of law and advices you in every possible manner. It’s because of him that we could manage with the procedural laws easily and understand criminal litigation in a better way.
    Apart from the usual court and the office work I also got an opportunity to participate in many legal awareness programs conducted by our councils in order to spread legal awareness in the society at large. We visited some schools and colleges where Sir (Rajender Chhabra) spoke about topics such as Gender Sensitivity, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, Child Labour, Human Trafficking and so on. We prepared various Questionnaires in order to contribute to this social cause.
    To conclude I would simply say, “Looking for best exposure? Join the Delhi legal cell under guidance of Sir Rajender Chhabra”

  23. Deepak Kumar Paul says:

    I Deepak Kumar Paul student of 3rd year of Indore Institute of Law. I have been an intern in Delhi Legal Cell for a period of 15 days under the guidance of Sir Rajender Chhabra.
    In these 15 days I got to know a lot about the criminal law and the court proceedings. We used to visit High Court and other district court like Tis Hazari and Rohini Court etc. One learns to examine and cross-examine the witnesses. The most knowledgeable part of the internship was to see the cross examination conducted by sir, with the extra ordinary approach to break down the testimonies of the prosecution witness. I also got to opportunity to learn and to know about the lodging of an F.I.R and the further police investigation with the framing of the charge. Preparing the defenses for the bail application was the main task given to us. We were asked to file the certified copies and the filing of various petitions. Arguments in favor of Parole were discussed. I also got the opportunity to visit the police station along with Sir Rajender Chhabra and was able to see the practical working of the police officials. I also got a chance to witness the video conferencing in which I got an opportunity to interact with one of the prisoners of Tihar Jail along with other advocates. One may learn how to sharpen his advocacy skills by seeing the manner in which Sir Rajender Chhabra presents his views in front of the Hon’ble Court and end up convincing the case in our favour.
    In the office we used to discuss the cases listed for the next day and we were asked to prepare defenses for the same. We get a chance to improve our research and drafting skills. Topics of legal importance were also discussed which gave us better knowledge regarding our field for e.g., rights of an arrested person, domestic violence against men, dowry death and so on . We were put under the guidance of Mritunjay Sir who was a great mentor as well as a very cooperative person. He holds a good knowledge of law and advices in every possible manner. He answers patiently to all our queries and helps us in getting the concept of criminal law in a better way.
    I also got an opportunity to participate in legal awareness programs conducted in order to spread legal awareness in the society. I along with sir, visited some schools and colleges where Sir (Adv Rajender Chhabra) spoke about topics of legal importance such as Gender Sensitivity, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, Child Labour, and Human Trafficking and so on. We were asked to prepare various Questionnaires in order to contribute to this social cause.
    To conclude I would simply say, “Desirous to be an expert in criminal law,” join Delhi Legal Cell under the Guidance Sir Rajender Chhabra”.

  24. How can I get an internship? I am not a curse to the society. I want to use your contacts in getting this.

  25. I interned here in the month of January 2016, Interns are given all kinds of work and it was a learning experience. Chhabra Sir is a great person who shares his personal experiences with interns. Jay sir is very patient and will explain the work assigned to you. Overall gives a understanding of how a trail court works. Not much drafting work is assigned to Interns.

  26. i am interested in these internship course

    • Budding lawyer says:

      This is not a course but an internship. Please understand the difference before you demand to know the details.

      • New John Austin says:

        Can you please be polite. (First Rule of this profession) you conduct seems to be like originated from a narrow minded person. I have it in my mind that your reply (In case you make one) would be another rude statement but still since being part of this legal profession since many years I thought it my duty to let you know that your conduct matters a lot in this profession and your conduct does not seem to be like a Budding Lawyer instead it is like Budding Arrogant.
        I still wish ALL THE BEST (you may say you do not need it)

    • kalpana chawla says:

      lol

    • kalpana chawla says:

      First get yourself cleared and then apply.

  27. Another Law aspirant says:

    I fail to see why this portal has become a means to criticize one another. Okay, before I go on , let me mention that I am a student of NLU Delhi so that no one questions my ability to post here. First, we lawyers prove our points by making valid arguments, we don’t just use a demeaning language to show our superiority over the person we are answering to. I read one of the comments which went something like- You should take English classes, because your English sucks as much as you do. Now this upsets me to the greatest extent. Doesn’t this amount to defamation, this being on a public forum? Or maybe it doesn’t fulfill all the ingredients required for defamation, but I do not see the purpose of using such terms. If the guy who posts an internship experience claims to have appeared in the court, how does this bother other people? Please explain this to me, and I’ll be forever indebted to you. He might have done something against the rules set by the BCI, but no one has been vested with the rights of calling him unsuccessful. It’s his career, his job, his life. Let’s just raise our standards as lawyers and try achieving something for the better rather than bringing shame to others by the actions of our comments.
    Peace.
    P.S. This wasn’t aimed at anyone in specific.

  28. utkarsh sirohi says:

    How to approach for this internship as i am interested for this
    I am in 2 year b.com llb amity university noida

    • budding lawyer says:

      People like you are a curse to the society who want to use juniors like me for their own agendas. Use your own contacts for internships. Dont cling to me.

  29. ashish kumar singh says:

    Assuming that the lawyer in question allowed this intern to appear before the court, he must be really dumb to post it on a public forum. I shudder to think what kind of a lawyer this person would become.

    • Budding lawyer says:

      For your kind information apply your mind( if you have any?) that appearance was not to argue before the court but just to seek adjournments/ pass over which in itself builds confidence to get familiar with the court proceedings and he will be a great lawyer, let the time speak for itself . Don’t be jealous if you are not getting any opportunity to work in your internship. People like you are curse to this profession and instead of motivating the budding lawyers you are demoralising them.

      • ashish kumar singh says:

        Please understand that any such appearance is illegal whether it is for the purpose of arguing the entire matter or for seeking adjournment. Read the BCI Rules, ( I hope you know that they exist). A disastrous lawyer in the making.

    • Upendra yadav says:

      Ashish kumar singh you are an unknown person to me and you have no right to care about me and my future no humanity plss

      • ashish kumar singh says:

        Fraudsters like you should be reported to the BCI immediately. Maybe your law school didn’t tell you the difference between legal and illegal conduct. Also, I suggest you to work on your English because it sucks as much as you do.

      • Law Aspirant says:

        If you have cared enough to post this experience, please share the email id too so that others can approach the advocate at least.

  30. Kanishk singhvi says:

    Email id please?
    Can you please tell the location where his office is?

    • budding lawyer says:

      Why don’t you use your own contacts? (If your dad has any?). Clingy people like you are a curse to the society who use a successful junior as a ladder to get ahead in life.

      • Hi
        Budding lawyer,
        I had read your comments and analyse the fact that you are little insecure towards your law career. Why everytime you says that “please use your contacts” or things like that.
        Law tells us what is wrong and what is right. If you are in the race of becoming a great fruit in market of law then don’t push your bad instinct instead show your good one’s. Its a suggestion and a great way to show my attitude towards my law brothers.
        If you thinks you can improve the society and make a better version of lawful society.
        Solve the daily queries of normal human beings who just wants to live peacefully in this lawful society.

        best regards
        adv

  31. Abhinav Garg says:

    Please give here the details.

    Thank You

  32. Rahul Agarwal says:

    Appearing in High Court as a Lawyer when you’re in college, wouldn’t call that a smart move now. Plus no lawyer would ever allow interns to appear before a High Court Judge.

    • budding lawyer says:

      Use your brain, if you have any. Such appearances were for seeking adjournments, passovers,evidence and final arguments only. This helps a junior to build confidence. Do not be jealous of me just because I’m doing better than you in life.

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