Internship Experience @ Senior Advocate Mohit Mathur, Delhi: Approachable Associates, Work on Civil and Criminal Laws

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Anonymous

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Senior Advocate Mohit Mathur. His office was located near Hauz Khas market in New Delhi. The team strength was of about 10-12 associates.

Application Process

I applied through a contact, but you can write him a mail on [email protected] with your CV and a Cover Letter.

Duration of internship and timings

July 2014

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I interned there at the end of my 2nd year, when he was not designated as a Senior Advocate and it was my first internship under a lawyer.

His firm is called The Chambers of Law, and it deals with both civil and criminal but sir only deals with criminal matters.

His office was on the ground and first floor in a residential house in Hauz Khas. I was called to office one day prior to the date of my actual joining, when the courts had not reopened. There were no first day formalities.

Sir met me and spoke to me very nicely and told me to completely forget what I had learned in college so far for the internship because the practical scenario is completely different from what we learn in college. He then told me collect the Cause List from his clerk and then read a file and make notes on it.

Main tasks

There were around 25 interns when I had joined since the June interns had not left yet and the July interns had come! The office barely had space to move during the first few days and obviously getting work at the office was impossible. The interns were made to sit in a room and wait till 7 pm to leave.

However, Once the June interns left, there were about 12-15 of us left in the office, which was still a lot.

Our main task was to read files and make notes on them. We could take work from the associates, which was mainly research work. Sometimes we all got work from associates to find case laws on specific points of law in matters listed for the next day.

Work environment and people

The associates were very warm and friendly. I did not interact much the with the civil associates but the criminal associates were nice to us. They gave us work and guided us through if we were stuck at some point or needed help in understanding something.

Sir was very generous and approachable. He would come to us once in the evening to ask us what we have been doing and give us some research work. One could walk in to his office anytime without hesitation to discuss a case, a research work allotted to us or to simply get his guidance in things other than internship.

He encouraged us to attend client conferences, whenever we had them and had discussions with the interns who attended them afterwards.

Best things

Since it was my first internship under a lawyer and firm, it was my first exposure of how things work in court and under a lawyer. The co-interns were really nice people and the associates were really supportive which made things easier for me there.

Bad things

Excessive number of interns, which resulted in not getting productive work, or any work for that matter.

Stipend

No

Biggest Lessons

To see sir argue was really inspiring. I even got to see his father, Senior Advocate DC Mathur in action in court. Sir was really encouraging and supportive and he really spoke to all of us individually in his chambers on our last day, to understand what we want to do in life and give us tips on life, which was really motivating.

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