Internship @ Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur: The Practice and the Law School are Entirely Different

Name of the organization.

City Madhya Pradesh High Court (Jabalpur Bench)

Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings

I interned at the court for three weeks.

The work timings were 10 am-4pm, with a one hour from 1 pm to 2 pm lunch break in between.

How big was the office? Team strength?

The courtroom was huge and airy, and the chambers of the judge were spacious.

There were two other interns, both from National Law Schools, beside me.

Application procedure. Internship contact details.

Interested students may contact the Registrar General, MP High Court to intern under any judge.

They will give you the further reference.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I have a home at Jabalpur. However, many clean, decent guesthouses are available at a reasonable price and near the Court.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

First day was comfortable and professional. One is expected to dress formally in a court- white and black at all time.

Either Indian or western is acceptable. For western the dress code is white shirt, black coat, black tie, black trousers and black shoes.

Before formally commencing my internship, I had met the judge beforehand, so on the day of the internship, I felt comfortable around him.

Main tasks.

The work entailed primarily observing the workings of the courtroom, and sometimes assisting the judge with researching for precedents.

This was quite possibly because I was in my first year, and a person who applies for internship when they are more aware of procedural and substantive laws, might get more of a workload.

The work was fairly interesting and helps you understand how things work in a courtroom.

The judge adjudicated both civil and criminal matter. Civil matters primarily constituted of services disputes. Criminal matters involved bail pleas.

Work environment, people.

The people working in the judge’s office were very friendly and pleasant. The judge himself was very helpful and would have tea with all the interns every two days. Both my colleagues were from National Law Universities and were good- natured.

Best things?

I learnt a lot about the practical application of statutory laws, and discerning the difference in the theory of law and its practice. All your law school learning is gonna come in handy.

Bad things?

The work could often get mundane and monotonous.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues.

There was an ice cream parlor nearby which we used to frequent.

Stipend/month

None, too bad!

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons

The biggest most important lesson I learnt was that the way we are taught the law in law school is very distinct from the realities from practicing law.

The way you speak, voice modulations, treating the Judges before you with utmost respect, and being humble are very important characteristics that a practicing lawyer should have.

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