Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Lawhive Associates, Mumbai office, a team of 5-6 lawyers
Application Process with contact details
The application process is extremely simple. You just need to send an e-mail along with your CV to [email protected]
In all probability, you’ll get a reply within a week.
Duration of internship and timings
I interned at Lawhive Associates for two weeks starting from 5th October, 2015 to 18th October, 2015. I couldn’t extend my internship due to certain reasons but it is advisable to do an internship there for at least a month to get a better understanding of the overall working of the office.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The building in which the office is situated is a little old but don’t be scared to get in. It’s not that bad from inside. 😛
Lawhive Associates is basically a flat converted into an office. There’s Saveena Ma’am’s office, a conference room and a room for the associates in the flat. There’s a common sitting area and a kitchen with a dining table where we used to have our lunch.
The very first day each intern is provided with a laptop. You aren’t allowed to use your own laptop for any official work. Each intern is given an official e-mail id as well and they are required to communicate only through that e-mail account. The office is a bit small but that’s not much of an issue. There were three other interns with me so I had company from the very first day. There were no such formalities. One of the associates introduced me to all other associates and intern and then I was given my first task.
One the first day, I was asked to read some case files. Later, I had to go to the City Civil Court with Saveena Ma’am in her car. The real work started from the second day. My major task throughout the internship was to research on an ongoing case that involved a disagreement on a Memorandum of understanding between the producers’ association and cine-employees’ association.
In addition to this, I also worked on matters relating to family law, procedural law, labour law and competition law. I also prepared a presentation on ‘Decent and Safe Working Conditions in Bollywood’. I was also asked to present the same at a workshop organized by International Arts & Entertainment Alliance, FIA (International Federation of Actors) and UNI Global Union. This part of the internship was the best experience for me as it was reflective of the fact that Ma’am had trust in me to give a presentation before numerous dignitaries. Other tasks included comparing and reviewing agreements, understanding various clauses in different kinds of agreements, attend meeting with the clients and visiting the High Court.
Work environment and people
The work environment was very friendly and the associates are the most chilled out people you’ll ever meet. Saveena Ma’am seems like a strict person but even she is fun to work with. All the interns used to have lunch with the associates and the best conversations used to happen on the lunch table that varied from discussing movies to discussing different aspects of law and law school life. Although we had to take our own lunch box but we used to get coffee/green tea anytime we needed. In case there was no one to prepare it for us, we used to make it for ourselves in the kitchen.
The people of Lawhive Associates are very accommodative and interaction with the associates helped big time in understanding various intricacies of law.
In addition to the great working environment, the best thing was the vada pav from a shop downstairs. That is the best vada pav that I’ve ever eaten 😛 On a more serious note, the autonomy that is given to you in finishing the task given to you the way you want to is what helped me the most to bring the best out of me. Further, the office is very close to the station which saves a lot of money and energy that you would otherwise spend on rickshaws and taxis.
Nothing was particularly bad in that office except for the fact that it was the lack of space but the AC rooms compensated for it. So it didn’t really feel congested. Another thing is that you don’t get to interact with Saveena Ma’am a lot as she is busy most of the time and your interaction is, therefore, restricted to the interns and associates.
To make the best use of the internship, you need to interact. You also have to be really good in what you do, especially if that task has been given to you directly by Saveens Ma’am. This would ensure that you get bigger and better tasks, thus, maximising the learning experience at Lawhive Associates.
My uncle stays in Mumbai so accommodation wasn’t a problem for me. However, PGs should be easily available considering the office is situated in Bandra.
We were supposed to reach the office by 9:30 a.m. and stay there till 6/6:30 p.m. You might be called to the office a little early on the days you are required to accompany Ma’am to the High Court. You might also have to stay for a little longer is the associates are loaded with work. The timings for an intern are, however, flexible and your requests will most likely be accommodated.
Towards the end of their internship, the other three in terns had to attend their college along with the internship and so they used to come to the office after there college hours i.e. around 12 pm.