Internship Experience @ Delhi State Legal Services Authority, Delhi: Visits to Observation Homes for Children, Tihar Jail

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Pranjali Jaiswal, Chanakya National Law University, Second Year, [email protected]

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Delhi State Legal Services Authority, Delhi

Application Process

Delhi State Legal Services Authority issues a notice calling for applications.

Students need to download the Internship Application form from their site, fill it up and send it by post or mail ([email protected]) before the given deadline.

Duration of internship and timings

The internship is for 21 days and most of the days are what you can call field trips.
According to the itinerary, the timings are 11 am to 4:30 pm, but because of reasons out of one’s control, it may get a little late at times.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The internship started with two days’ Paralegal Volunteers Training program (PLV).

The venue for the training was Mata Sundri College – a decent college with an air-conditioned auditorium.

This auditorium was to be the place where we were supposed to sit, listen, learn and gather knowledge from a legion of speakers.

The Chairman of the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA), Officer on Deputy at DSLSA, judges from the High Court of Delhi among many others were speakers during the two-day PLV training program.

Students had to be present in formals and the first thing to do was to get ourselves registered at the Registration Desk.

During the two-day training program, we were a given lunch and tea breaks when they served us food.

Main tasks

During the internship, we visited a lot of places – Gender Resource Centers (GRC), Observation Homes for Children, Tihar Jail, Police Stations, Supreme Court, High Court, District Courts.

The main objective of the whole internship is to make students aware, help them get closer to the ground reality and to make them aware of all the legal and judicial nuances involved by giving them an opportunity to get a first-hand experience.

While visiting places like GRCs, we interacted with victims of domestic crimes and tried to help out the Center’s Advocate in giving a legal remedy and solution to them.

It was a good learning experience as well.

In the courts, we were allowed to witness court proceedings and take notes. Visiting the Supreme Court, witnessing a trial and being around few of the greatest lawyers and judges in India, and even talking to a few of them was an experience in itself.

At the end of the internship, we had to prepare an internship report stating all the work that was done throughout the internship.

It had to be submitted at the DSLSA office in the Patiala House Courts Complex.

Work environment and people

Since the internship basically constituted trips/visits to different places, it involved a lot of travelling, walking and moving around the whole city.

All the students were divided in ten groups with 20 students in each group. The division was done on the basis of colleges.

My group had a majority of people from Amity University, two students from GNLU and two from CNLU (including me). It was a good thing – getting to know people from different universities.

Out of the 120 odd students interning in that particular batch, most were from Amity, DU and IP University, and when I say ‘most’, I mean almost 50% of the whole batch!

Best things

Great learning experience

Organizing and management of DSLSA

Saturday and Sunday off

Food during the PLV Training Program Bad things – Formal dress code on all days

The weather (if you’re interning in the Summer internship program)

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

The one lesson that the whole internship taught me is that the ground reality is something different.

For example, people have an image of prisoners standing behind bars in jails, being served real bad food and what not. That is not the real story. That is something that the movies have perceived of the life of prisoners.

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