Internship @ HN Datta and Co. Solicitors and Advocates, Kolkata: You end up learning something new everyday

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Anuraag Mehta (shared by Sreetama) College : Department of Law, Calcutta University, Hazra Campus Year of Study : B.A.LL.B graduate 2014

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

H. N. Datta & Co. Solicitors & Advocates having its office at 6, Old Post office Street , Temple Chambers, 3rd Floor, Room – 87, Kolkata – 700 001

Team Strength : Partner – Advocate Bhupendra Gupta, B. Com (Hons.) LL. B Surendranath Law College (affiliated under Calcutta University)

In house Counsel – Advocate Partha Pratim Dutt, B.A.LL.B Department of Law, Calcutta University, Hazra Campus & LL.M from Glasgow University, Scotland.

Application Process

Mailed my CV to the firm and was referred to the partner of the firm, Advocate Bhupendra Gupta, to work initially as an intern and then as a paralegal till I clear my AIBE (All India Bar Examination) by Advocate Partha Pratim Dutt, and further assist them in diverse legal matters as an Advocate.

Duration of internship and timings

I have been working with them for the past 8 months, timings are 10:15 in the morning to 4:30 in the evening (High Court hours) and 4:30 to 7:30 in the evening for various legal works such as drafting and client conferences.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

No such formalities as such, I was all hands on deck from the the very moment I entered the chamber.

Infrastructure is good, for there is a library containing various commentaries on case laws all over India and all necessary statutes related to the kind of matter the advocates of the chamber deal with.

First impression, work environment is hectic and I went back home after a good days work and I was very much satisfied with the efforts I put in. Everyday is a new learning experience.

Main tasks

Watching matters in the High court which helps you to learn how leading counsels make their submissions which will help you if you want to become a counsel and drafting of various legal documents and High Court petitions of both the Appellate and Original Side.

Work environment and people

Most chilled out senior you will ever come across, teamwork ethics are excellent.

Best things

You end up learning something new everyday- the knowledge is versatile in nature. And a party every weekend.

Bad things

Litigation is a jealous mistress. Won’t let go of you. It is addictive.

Stipend Rs. 1,000/- as Travel Allowance and the rest is for any drafts I prepare, which is pretty decent for a student as it acts a an incentive to work harder for when you draft the next document. I end up earning Rs. 3,000/- a month (approx.)

Biggest Lessons

Be diligent and hardworking and at the same time don’t lose your focus.

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