Internship @ Sr. Advocate T. Amirthalingam, Chennai : Family Law, Criminal Law Work, Great Learnings, Rated 10/10

By Amritha Gunasekaran, School Of Excellence in Law, Chennai. 4th Year

Name of Place

Lawyer – Senior Advocate T. Amirthalingam, Family Cases & Criminal Litigation, The Madras High Court, Chennai

Duration of the internship

1 month (4 weeks)

Contact Email ID

[email protected]

Office

It was a fantastic working place.

Basically a basement area converted into office hence not a stereotypical corporate setup.

There were two associates and a clerk along with the advocate and my co-interns were making the office atmosphere a very friendly work environment since everyone was near to my age group ranging between 20 – 30.

Application procedure & Internship contact details

Since I was already doing an internship in The Madras High Court under a lawyer having the worst court experience of my life, which means – NO WORK ; in that chamber to be frank.

All I was doing was sitting in courtrooms and watching other great advocates go on with their proceedings.Well, I wouldn’t call it that bad because I was learning the court procedures on my own!

But, desperate times calls for desperate needs and I started looking for a better internship (called up a few friends & relatives) and by the end of my hard search I finally found the best Senior Advocate in Chennai (to my best knowledge) and this is the best internship experience which I have ever had & I would love to look this back for the rest of my life too (it seems too dramatic, I know).

But sincerely, I mean it.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

4 weeks (1 month).

In timings – 10 am. Out timings- depends on whether you have done your work or not!

Accommodation

Well, I live in Anna Nagar & so accommodation was never an issue. Took the auto or bus or car to reach workplace every day. So travelling was never an issue. All one has to do is be punctual!

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

Well, my first day was my unofficial working day! I had met my Advocate early that morning outside a courtroom in Paris where I was already interning and was asked to join from the next day.

Mr. Amirthalingam  made it very clear to me that my internship would not be a relaxed (10 am- 4 pm) and being work-shy would be a great mess up for the intern! (trust me that part was scary).

I ended up staying at the office till 10 am – 9 pm on my first day itself. (first unofficial working day). And it was then that I knew that this is not going to be my stereotypical lazy, no-work internship.

Main tasks

The Advocate dealt with cases on Family Law, Criminal Law which involved everything that is Matrimonial, Divorce, Evidence, Cr.P.C. & IPC. So it’s a great place to start-off for people who are interested in Family Law & Criminal Law and want to go into Litigation.

Work environment, people

The Advocate was extremely patient and acted in the capacity of a full-time teacher.

I would end up asking a million mistakes (which gets really irritating for anyone), but he would answer every question of mine taking full interest and ensured I never left without understanding the work I had to do.

Mr. Amirthalingam would point out my mistakes with the right amount of sarcasm and humor and made me correct it till it became the most perfect document I had ever seen.

The other two associates and the clerk were also extremely friendly, cooperative and helped in the best possible manner.

After a long tired day of running around the family court, we would all order the evening snack, and take that time off for chit-chats and gossips.

Best things

The best thing about the internship was that at no point of time was I made it to feel I was a fourth year intern who had absolutely not much knowledge of the law or the court procedure or anything for that matter.

I remember there was this time in my last week when I confused some files and Advocate later said that “as a junior you should make many mistakes in your life so that you can correct it in the right point of time for the betterment of your life & for all your future success” and after hearing this I felt so happy & this internship is unforgettable & memorable for me.

I was at all point of time encouraged to take up the hard-tasks and all my queries or suggestions were heard and respected.

Bad things

Nothing. Each & everything was absolutely excellent.

Well, the travelling part, from home to work and back became a dawdle in my work. By the end of my travel, I really feel exhausted and at times I couldn’t put in my best.

When there is an accommodation near your work-place, we can avoid meager things like travelling so that it doesn’t hamper our potential to work.

Stipend/ month

No Stipend.

My Overall Experience

This internship is only for those who want a hard-earned internship certificate, one which they would like to see again and again to remind themselves of all the times they worked their asses off.

And you will understand the feeling if you are a first generation law student in the family and know how difficult it is to earn a good internship name on your C.V. (After the continuous rejection of your application from big law firms, lawyers, etc.)

I see a lot of people sad, angry and cribbing for not getting stipend’s at the end of their internships.

But, let’s not forget that even learning is not free (see your respective college fees for that matter, well at least I see mine) and I say if my Advocate teaches me so much about the practical world which I am pretty sure my college would never be able to teach me in the next one year to come. I don’t need a goddamn stipend.

At the end of the day, all I want is for me to be recognized and if I apply again to this place be called back immediately

Biggest lessons

Get an accommodation near your work-place if you don’t have your home nearby!

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