Internship Experience @ HRLN, Kolkata: Visits to High Court, Drafting and Research Work, Exposure to the Field of Law

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Arghya Samaddar, Institute of Law, Nirma University (ILNU), 1st Year,

Name of the Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Human Rights Law Network, Kolkata, 8

Application process with contact details

I emailed the cover letter attaching the CV and HRLN Form for Internship (which I got from the HRLN Website) to [email protected]

Duration of Internship and timings

3rd November – 30th November, 2016

Weekdays from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

It often went up to 6:30-7:00 PM and on Saturday 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

It often went up to 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

First Impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

On the first day, I was informed from the reception to fill up the information in the register for the interns and was asked to wait in a room for a couple of minutes and was suggested to read any book from the large collection of books on various laws and Human Rights. And later I was introduced to all the employees of the office.

The office has three rooms in all and a kitchen, small office, but enough to accommodate the number of people working there. 3 PCs are there with a huge collection of books on various laws and Human Rights, 2 verandas, allowing to have fresh air and relax in mid of hectic work.

Main tasks

I am not able to recall any such tasks which can be categorized as ‘Main’. I have done various works, from the drafting of Divorce petition to going to Calcutta High Court with the clerk and seeing how a writ petition is filed along with various research works.

To list down, I have majorly done many works on and with petitions of Acid Attack victims, domestic violence, divorce and other miscellaneous cases.

I have visited Calcutta High Court many times to observe proceedings and since, HRLN, Kolkata was having its own case in the High Court.

I have also visited the court with the clerk to help him with the clerical work and to understand how a case is filed and how it reaches before the judge. I have attended and worked in State level meetings of HRLN on various issues like Coal Mine Workers Rights and Movement, which was held out of the station.

I researched a lot on various laws, provisions, precedents from Manu Patra and SCC and prepared synopsis. I have attended and assisted HRLN in a training session conducted by HRLN at a Children Home and I also got work on segregation of data of various reports of HRLN and summarizing cases of HRLN. I attended a meeting which was on the issue of violation of Human Rights. I also got to see many clients coming to the office and discussing their cases.

Work environment and people

The people of the office are very friendly and at the time of work, very sincere. The coordinator is very strict regarding punctuality and completing work. We had to stay overtime also in a case of more work. The work environment was overall very comfortable for working and giving your best. You can’t come whenever you wish and leave whenever you wish, you can’t skip days just like that, it is strict. The work is hectic and it consumes almost your entire day.

Best things

Lots of exposure to legal fields and NGO works. Not only field works but, also you get to know and understand legal issues as you get to work with the lawyers of HRLN closely.

Bad things

Lots of work, very hectic, but this bad thing will make you grow.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

It all matters how you are able to work in the practical field and how well you are able to build relationships with people. No matter from which college you come and from where you belong, ultimately, though not apparently, work speaks for itself. Uncomfortable and difficult things teach you the most.

Any other thing

It will give a good experience to people who will be able to take up work and work with dedication and sincerity. People who are hardworking, having patience, calmness and creativity will gain the most from this internship.

Overall rating

8/10

Accommodation

My father stays in Kolkata so, I stayed with him but, nearby you will get PGs, Kolkata has many PGs and places to stay.

Office timings

6 days a week.

Every day from 9:30 AM to 6:00 – 6:30 PM and on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM or sometimes it might extend to 4:00 PM.

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