Internship Experience @ Senior Advocate Ashok Parija, Odisha High Court: Good Work, Work Environment and Future Internship Contacts

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Mr. Ashok Parija, Senior Advocate, Odisha High Court, Ex-Chairmain, Bar Council of India

Application Process

Applied by self.

You may even contact his secretary for the said purpose.

In the alternative you may even write to Mr. Parija yourself at [email protected]

Duration of internship and timings

3 weeks. Monday-Saturday. 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. On days when Sir has his hearing early morning, you may even have to report by 9 A.M. to accompany him to the court.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

Mr. Parija has his Chamber in his hometown, Cuttack, as well as in New Delhi. I interned at his Cuttack office, which is in the second floor to his house itself. There is no official formality as such.

I was introduced to Sir and he had a conversation with me for some good half an hour and later, called his secretary who led me upstairs to his office. I

t is well stocked with lots of books and has Sir’s savvy official room where he interacts with interns and clients.The office has a room for all his juniors, who were about 7-8 in number. Overall, it was quite a spacious atmosphere for a Chamber!

Main tasks

Initially I was made to read up cases which were pending in the High Court. One of Sir’s junior had specifically asked me to brief him with related cases pertaining to important provisions on those set of pending cases.

One fine day, Sir himself asked me to attend a client discussion and make notes thereof. He is one smart lawyer who gives a lot of space to interns and at the same time, pushes them forward to be involved in as much work as they can! I was given a few documents to proof-read as well.

On other days, I used to travel to the Odisha High Court when Sir had his hearing. It was surely a delight for a first year to see such brilliant lawyers argue before the Chief Justice – of things that you’d always heard of in law school. However, interns were made to sit in the extreme last row of the CJ’s court.

It made capturing arguments quite a pain for all of us. There were a number of other interns from various law schools interning under different advocates. So you get to make a few friends inside the CJ’s court room as well!

At the chamber, I had a few interns from other law schools as well. In toto, the number does not exceed seven at any given point of time.

Work environment and people

Initially, it gets a bit tough. Unless you’re there through a contact, you won’t be knowing many people/juniors/staff out there. But a lot of intern work there through contacts, as is the case with any High Court or District Court internship.

However, for the newer ones, after a point of time, everyone becomes quite welcoming. The clerical staff were the most affable. They would serve you water, coffee, cold drinks, etc at any hour of the day! On the whole, it’s quite a good place to be!

Best things

If you stay on the good records of Mr. Parija, he may contribute to your future internships as well.

And I mean, a lot of sexy corporate internships!

Bad things

Monotony, maybe?

Visits to the High Court was often followed by return to one’s house. There was dearth of work in some days, or at least dearth of enthusiasm to involve interns in those set of work.

Stipend

None.

Biggest Lessons

You may want to intern under Mr. Parija in/after your third year of law school to have a better understanding of the intricacies and novelties of a High Court internship! And also, once you’re done with certain basic law subjects at your law school, which maybe inclusive of CPC, CrPC, Criminal Law, and the like!

Any Other Thing

If you’re interning in summer, make sure you do not excuse yourself from the brilliant sugarcane juice available right in front of the road to the High Court.

Nothing tastier to quench your thirst in the grueling heat of Cuttack!

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