Internship Experience @ Human Rights Law Network, Mumbai [HRLN]: Great Exposure in Drafting

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Rishav Buxi

Name of Organisation, Location City, Team Strength

Human Rights Law Network, Mumbai

Application Process

Its not at all easy to enter here, if you are lucky enough your CV might get selected.

Send your CV to [email protected]

Duration of internship and timings

25th August, 2014 – 4th October, 2014

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

First impression for me was quite charming and there were no formalities to be fulfilled as I had already sent my CV to them.

On reaching the office I met Anne Ma’am, then she told me that I will be working under Mani Ma’am who deals with environmental matters.

It was 3 small room office.

Main tasks

During my 8 weeks I did following work:

1. Researched case laws on various provisions under IPC, CrPC.

2. Researched on the various provisions of Environmental Protection Act 1986, Mine and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, Indian Evidence Act, 1872.

3. Assisted in drafting PILs, Affidavit of Service, Affidavit in Reply, Contempt Notice, etc.

4. Filed RTI asking on the number of flats given to disabled persons by MHADA and took adjournments in the Sessions Court.

5. Observed court proceedings in the Bombay High Court, Sessions Court, Family Court, Bandra.

6. Prepared case summaries, note on Appellate Tribunal for Electricity and list of environmental clearances being given by the Government in last two years in Maharashtra under different categories.

7. Assisted the advocate regarding the proceedings in the Bombay High Court, Sessions Court.

You may be asked for certain opinion on some legal matters. The interns are asked to communicate to the clients personally.

Initially I was working only with the department I was attached to. But day by day I was getting work from other department also, so I got exposed to both criminal and civil laws.

Work environment and people

The work environment was terrific. They were both strict and lenient, depending on the work I did. If any mistake was pointed out, the seniors will help to improve the quality of work.

On the very second day of the internship, I left office without informing my seniors as they were in the meeting. So they called me and asked me to come back to the office. So, they wants intern to be hard-working and dedicated to work. Then, based on the work, one might get an opportunity to work as a long term intern at HRLN.

Best things

The best thing was exposure that I got from HRLN, right from drafting PIL to taking date for a case in the session court.

Bad things

Hectic schedule, some times I went to the office 8 am in the morning and the left the office around 10 pm.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

Don’t stop doing work, at the end of day the hard work pays off.

Any Other Thing

Good for one who wants to get the practical experience of law and not for those who simply wants to do internship just for their improving cv.

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