Judicial Clerkship/Internship @ Office of Hon’ble Justice RK Agrawal, Supreme Court, New Delhi: An Enlightenment!

Name. College. Year of Study.

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Organisation. City.

Judicial internship at the office of Hon’ble Justice R.K. Agrawal, Supreme Court of India. New Delhi.

Duration of the internship, Timings.

13th April, 2015 to 15th May, 2015. 10 am to 7pm.

Application procedure. Internship contact.

I mailed my application, CV, writing sample and a recommendation letter through my college to the office of Registrar General of India, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi in the month of January, 2015.

I received acceptance of my letter in the month of March, 2015. Likewise, after I reported at the Registrar’s office at Supreme Court of India. The office issued me a letter in my name, and asked me to go to His Lordship’s house.

I was supposed to produce this letter at the entrance of His Lordship’s house by virtue of which they allowed me to enter. The Registrar General decides the allotment of judicial interns under Justices.

Accommodation.

I stayed at E-block, South Extension, Part 1. The name of the PG is ‘Home Hostel’.

The phone no. of the owner is 9953523043 (Swapnali Ma’am).

The rate is Rs 7000/month for a double occupancy room excluding AC and food.

It is located in a residential colony and hence, it is very safe. The stay was quite comfortable.

The only problem was food. There are tiffin services but that hardly matched tastefulness. For two months, I just gulped in for sustenance.

How big was the office? Team strength? 

The office was located at Hon’ble Justice R.K. Agrawal’s house at Akbar Road (One of the most posh areas of Delhi with its VVIP ambience).

There were two PAs (Personal Assistants), one PS (Personal Secretary), few clerks and one judicial clerk.

I was placed under the judicial clerk. She was supposed to allot me work.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

I was greeted warmly by I.P.Singh Sir (the PS) and asked me to wait in order to meet Lordship.

After an hour, I was called my Lordship to his chamber where he asked me to introduce myself.

Thereafter, a short conversation ensued regarding what I wished to pursue in future.

Hon’ble Justice R.K. Agrawal was introverted by nature and the fact that he obliged to spare few minutes in interacting with me left me elated.

Main tasks.

The essential tasks involved were preparing briefs (minimum twenty per day) and research work relating to the judgments to be delivered. The essential field of research was taxation laws.

Work environment. People.

The people were really friendly especially my judicial clerk. She had passed out of law school and as such, I benefited a lot from interacting with her. She became a great friend.

We had prolonged discussions on the contemporary events in the judiciary and around which sometimes exceeded so much that we had to stack back till 9pm to finish our work.

The PS and the PA were also very encouraging and were flexible with timings.

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

Shared law school stories with fellow law interns

Best Things at the internship.

It gave me a sense of what I wanted to do in life.

I was going through this existential crisis phase where I did not know which portal was my call.

This internship, the people I met, the environment clarified a lot of things.

Bad Things.

There were no food hubs nearby.

It being exactly adjacent to PM’s house, the level of security was very high and even walking on the footpath caused the guards lend you a suspicious glance.

Stipend.

The judicial clerkship with Hon’ble Justice R.K. Agrawal proved to be an ‘The Enlightenment’.

Few bucks get reduced to ashes in front of this!

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