Internship Experience @ Office of Dr. Anmol Rattan Sidhu, Chandigarh: Good Learning Experience, Court Visits, Flexible Timing

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Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Office of Dr. Anmol Rattan Sidhu, President Bar Association Punjab and Haryana High Court and Ex-Assistant Solicitor General of India.

He has an office staff of about 20 people and other interns and juniors.

Application Process

The application process, as with most places we apply to, is either through recommendation or by merit, as put forth in your curriculum vitae.

Students can simply apply by mailing their CV at [email protected]

Mostly, his junior advocates select the interns.

He may also want to have a talk with you in person.

Duration of internship and timings

I have interned with Dr. Sidhu for 2 years.

I am a regular in the month of July when the Court reconvenes after vacations.

The internship involves court visit during the day and at his office in Sector 21 in the evening.

The court visit is optional, because the meaty part lies in the office.

The timings are flexible however the more you spend at his office, the more you learn.

The office timings are 4.30 to 7.30 but Dr. Sidhu usually leaves office at 8.30 – 9 due to a number of lined up cases.

The interns do not have to stay for that long since we aren’t the ones arguing the next day, now are we?

However you are free to lurk around and imbibe as much as you can.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I was petrified of the man and his office was very intimidating on the first day.

However when I met him, he asked me “How can I serve you” and after that it was all a cake walk.

The office is pretty chilled out and one of the best offices of advocates that I have seen.

You have access to all the resources that you require.

The Court however is more of a hide and seek.

Since he has about 12 cases on an average per day, you keep running between court rooms to hear his arguments.

Main tasks

You get a brief each day, that you have to make notes on and enunciate it to Sir.

The way he listens depends on his mood. But as long as I’ve known him, he has always been as sweet as honey.

You may also assist one of his junior lawyers in drafting, but usually that is reserved for senior interns.

He may give you translation and research work.

Work environment and people

The office staff is brimming with good humor which automatically puts newbies at ease.

The lobby and seating area is usually filled with clients that Sir sees in person.

So the interns mostly work with his juniors.

When I say “junior” here, it means lawyers with nearly 15 years’ standing at the bar.

So that’s the level of experience in that office.

Best things

Learning learning learning, which is precisely what you want from an internship.

Bad things

Sir is too busy. Too bad, I couldn’t get to see him more often.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

The biggest lesson I learnt seeing an advocate at the pinnacle of professional success was how the man still managed to retain his humble touch.

His humility was apparent in the way he spoke to everyone.

His arguments were stark yet buttered with a tone of earnestness.

The man teaches you more about law through his arguments than Lord Denning could teach you with his book on the discipline of law.

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