Internship Experience @ Harish Salve: 4 Weeks Seemed Less

Name of the organization. City

Harish Salve, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court and former Solicitor General of India- best known for turning the judgment in the Vodafone case regarding double taxation and learning under Mr. Palkhiwala, the tax law moghul.

Duration of the internship :

4 weeks (seems very little)

How big was the office? Team strength?

7 associates and around 10 administration staff.

There are two apartments on the sixth floor of the posh Bhagwan Das road. One houses the chamber, a small waiting room, the associate’s room while the other has a huge waiting room, Manager’s room and kitchen.

The Harish Salve office also has a small room for interns to wait in.

There is no dearth of space in the conference room where the clients and law firms are always on their toes , briefing sir – the first day I saw more than 20 people come for a conference in one go.

Application procedure. Internship contact details :

You can call and enquire.

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

4 weeks, 6 days a week 8.30am to 8pm., ( Saturday half day) I generally went for morning conferences which started at 8.30am and lasted upto 10.30am and then court Except on Monday, Friday and Saturday since there’s no court on Miscellaneous days.

In the evenings Harish Sir takes an hour’s break and goes for swimming so we are relatively free till 6 pm. Then there are back to back conferences till 8pm.However, girls staying far away have the option of leaving early.

On Sundays it’s off and Friday evening too. Saturday conferences start in the evening.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I stayed at DU Campus Housing …there are a lot of hostels and rooms for rent available around North Delhi. There is also a direct metro line near the office on the blue line.

If you get the chance you should try finding a place in the Hostels located on Bhagwan Das road itself. Maybe your State bhavan such as Gujarat Bhawa for me since I come from Gujarat can accommodate you for the month. The HR who coordinates the internships can be contacted for it.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

I arrived extremely early and had to wait for the other people to arrive. The staff was courteous and offered tea while I was waiting. By 10 am the rooms began to fill with associates and clients. We got an email with a list of conferences scheduled and we started to attend it.

One thing I am extremely tempted to mention is that the first client to walk in was a high profile ex MLA for a case. I was awed and even more when I saw that all cases were extremely interesting and I had a great first day ahead in store for me.

But I was more taken aback by seeing Boss at his desk for more than 10 conferences straight and being as energetic and active for the last conference as for the first. He constantly had to talk -quite a feat. Maybe our lecturers complaining about getting tired after two three lectures should take a leaf out of his book!

Main tasks (in detail)

Taking notes in of conferences and courts. Assisting associates in research and preparing list of dates.

The associates at the chambers of Harish Salve provide extremely systematic assignments and instructions are to the point.

One of my co interns got to counsel a client in a criminal matter on his own without any associate being present, I think that is the ultimate!

Work environment, people:

You can never ask for a better team… The associates are always there, constantly working and guiding us to attend courts and conferences.

The assistants send us an email daily stating which conference to attend, the cook prepared food and coffee, espresso etc whenever we were hungry, there were instructions to contact Ma’am in case of any issues.

Everything was as smooth as possible! There was lunch in huge afternoons for the entire office and snacks such as soya chips and diet coke for us too in the evenings.

I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such an amazing experience. 

Best things?

Seeing high profile clients come to seek sir’s counsel.. You get to learn why someone has such a high reputation… Is it the meticulous studying, the uninterrupted focus (never seen sir constantly checking his phone), the curiosity to constantly learn new acts and amendments, the dedication to provide the best solution , having a great support system or the persuasive advocacy style.

It is completely out of the world and guarantees you learn a great deal!

After watching Boss on you tube and twitter, I understand the hype that surrounds such a great lawyer and why every business house and politician(we witnessed a lot of them being advised by Boss) comes to only Harish Salve!

But there was a better unheard of version too- I jotted down a few of my favorites.

Once, I saw a bag of dog biscuits near the security cabin. I came to know that besides the fact that Sir is a dog lover and has five dogs, the dog biscuits were for the street dogs. Isn’t that sweet?

Another incident is his ever forgiving nature- he readily forgives late clients and mistakes by his staff. Mr. Harish Salve is also a pro at time management-he never wastes time with small talk or traveling to and from his rest room is within the office itself and Supreme Court is literally round the corner.

Bad things?

Sir was always having what seems to be magical potions that helped conduct non stop conferences for hours together. For us mere mortals having no powers, no time to breath!

Besides, the Harish Salve internship seems extremely short since Sir had to travel quite often! But on the plus side more time to attend college in between and manage attendance for students studying in Delhi especially since the Bar Council’s new rules about attendance and internship.

Stipend/ month

No stipend

Anything else you’d like to tell T

he staff was extremely courteous and always on their toes… Another is the green concept with which all of the matters are conducted-he uses his ipad and Mac rather than printouts. Also Sir is a big Apple promoter – work is always on a Mac!

Biggest lessons

Always be on the clients side… Never stop sympathizing with the client, think from his point of view, keep excellent relations… Sir has great relations with all firms … Something which counts a lot..

Also the kind of exposure that we gained as law students with Mr. Harish Salve is something which cannot be described in a page!

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  1. Pratiksha biswas says:

    Hello sir

    I want to do internship under you…..kindly let me know how to apply!

  2. vipul agnihotri says:

    I went join salve sir . How ?

  3. Shubham says:

    I want to intern under Salve sir so, how can I apply for it.

  4. jyoti kanungo says:

    I want to file a writ in Supreme court.Can not afford fee for the time being. Can I get an advocate?

  5. Intern at hns office says:

    I rather agree with the comments, I interned in 2014 for a month out of which Mr Salve was at London for 15 days, and apart from that taking out the Monday & Friday the reader can calculate the number of days spent at court. Also for people who are beyond the awe of ‘high profile people’ and free cokes, soya chips & green tea; please do not intern here. I had been looking forward to intern at this office all my life & it was a zero learning experience. You are treated as an invisible nobody. To realise the power that Mr Salve can use to influence young minds, and yet he can’t be bothered even for a minute. During the entire duration of my internship after begging the clerks to let me meet him I got a 30 seconds audience with him.

    P.s. About the conference room; only one thing is correct = it is huge; the writer omits to mention that the table where the interns are made to sit is so far off from the conference table; it is barely audible.

    #thoroughlytroubledtohavewastedamonth

  6. It’s interesting to note that ” Except on Monday, Friday and Saturday since there’s no court on Miscellaneous days.” This seriously calls into question the whole point in interning…

  7. I agree with Intern’s comment above. I’ve interned under high profile lawyers like Mr. Salve, Mr. Jethmalani and Mr. Divan. My internship with Mr. Salve was probably the […], because no one gives a damn to you. On the other hand, Mr. Jethmalani and Mr. Divan, do talk to interns in whatever little time they get. On certain occasions, you even get to go to the Court with them in their car. They may not provide you with Soya chips, but the experience is much better. In short, don’t go for Harish Salve [for an internship].

  8. I have interned under Mr. Salve and in the same time period I believe. To be truthful – drinking diet coke and eating soya chips aside, it is the[not a good experience]. The experience cannot be described in a page, because there was none. Mr. Salve is extremely busy, and not even once talked to his interns (Yes that ones true – not once).

    The only work I got was from an associate – once in two weeks – to search for a case law. Now if I wanted to google things I could have done that at home. 90% of the times and intern wont even be able to understand whats happening in the discussions, because Mr. Salve gives a one line advice based on his earlier reading of the case and the firm expands on it. If all you want to do is read files, good enough – they have the largest collection – read the. But again, no help from anyone. Associates are busy with their own work, as they should be. They are good people from Harvard and Oxford, but technically no one gives a damn unless you are there for a long time.

    And coffee aur soya chips khane ke liye – one month in an office is too long a period man.

    So advice to the author: Just because our happiness got screwed does not mean we misguide the entire world and make it a community of sycophants. Please don’t misguide the already misguided law students.

    In short: Stay away from this internship unless you plan to join the place permanently.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for the detailed experience. I would like to know, how can we contact for internship? Please reply.

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