Internship Experience @ Sanjeev Prakash Sharma & Advocates, Jaipur: Work on Service Matters, Inspiring Atmoshphere

Name. College. Year of study

Deepriya Snehi. IIIrd Year. Amity Law School, Jaipur

Name of the organisation

Sanjeev Prakash Sharma & Advocates, Associates (Senior Advocate), Jaipur.

Address: First floor, Shree Mansion, Kamla Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur. High Court Chamber: Block A, Chamber No. 209

The place is 8 minutes away from High Court, so travelling from High Court to office is not a problem. Auto rickshaw would charge around Rs. 40 to Rs. 50.

If you are not a resident of Jaipur and put up at some PG, then also travelling from Lalkothi, which is the hub of PGs, to office would take 15 to 20 minutes in the morning.

It was an internship with one of the best and well-known Service lawyers of Rajasthan. Service matters are the ones that are most prominent in Rajasthan. So, getting a catch-hold of such matters makes one an outstanding lawyer as the Sir himself was.

The office was not huge but a spacious office with a library and a conference room. They have 7 associates with two 2 Clerks.

Duration of Internship

4 weeks (8th December,2015 – 8th January,2016 )

Application procedure. Internship contact details 

One can go to the office directly and meet up either Sir himself or Associates or can ask an acquaintance to fix up an internship with him.

He is very welcoming and approachable despite being a Senior Advocate, so one can directly go to the High Court and have a word with him.

Otherwise, you can mail him your CV along with Cover letter, mentioning your duration of internship clearly. The email ID is [email protected]

After coming across him in the first sight one would get a vibe that’s comfortable enough to make you speak whatever he asks from you.

He is also going to take your interview by asking simpler questions like how was the internship experience of the past internships, if you have done any. He might also ask 2-3 questions from the subjects that one has studied so far.

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

4 Weeks, Timings are from 10 am to 8 pm. Wherein, from 10 am to 5 pm one is supposed to be present in the court and then come back to office.

For Lunch, one can go back to office and then come back to the High Court.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

I reached the office by 9.30. Clerks were opening the gate. Sir himself came by 10. He in a very ebullient tone said Good Morning! Hope you have a very fruitful internship!

I thought that probably now Sir would ask me to go the High Court. But to my surprise, Sir asked me to take my bag and step down. We sat in his car and Sir drove us to the High Court. It was very kind of him to take me to the High Court in his own car.

We went to the High Court then he introduced me to some of his other associates who were already present there. I had the cause list so he asked me to go and sit in one of the courts where the matters were listed.

For whole day I roamed around in courts where the matters were listed. I thought that only this much would be the task of an intern i.e. to observe the proceedings as it generally happens in an advocate internship.

When I went back to office Sir actually asked me what you observed today. Then he gave me a real life situation pertaining to a constitutional provision and asked my opinion on it. Meanwhile, other associates came from courts and one of the associates gave me a research proposition to work upon. 

Main tasks

The main tasks involved attending court hearings, observing the proceedings and watch Sir argue in such a subtle tone with utmost measured words is invincible as a part of this internship.

I was also asked to Research on certain propositions from time to time.

One day when one of the associates was assigning a writ to be drafted by another associate. I asked him to assign the same to me. He assigned the drafting work of a bulky writ petition to me. Next day he sat next to me explaining the provisions that are applicable to the matter  and how to do the same.

An associate taking so much pain in explaining the procedures just to make an intern understand the practical aspects is very rewarding and enriching as part of an internship.

For the several other days, he kept asking me as to what is the latest update on the matter.

Work environment, people

Work environment is very stirring and inspiring. For the past two law firm internships that I have done I felt secluded but not at this place.

Despite the fact that associates and Sir himself were very busy due to the influx of clients in the evening specially, they regularly kept in touch with me asking me is there anything that I need help with and what are my fields of interest.

When I told him that I want to be litigator he actually asked me that what makes me arrive on this decision and how can I further my ambitions. Sir himself discussed about several practical aspects of law and what qualities should I imbibe to become a successful litigator.

The environment after coming from Court was very relaxing for half an hour and associates joked on some daily matters which made me laugh hard sometimes. During that time some fruits were brought into the office from some farms and were also offered to everybody, including me. 😉

Associates are very gracious and pleasant including Ankit Sir, Sandeep Sir, Gaurav Sir, Abhishek Sir, Nitesh Sir and Priya Ma’am.

Best things and Bad things

Best part of the internships is that it was very elevating and inspiring to hear from a senior advocate that he is proud of me as an intern and would be looking forward to my Advocacy.

I remember one day when I had come back from the Court, Sir handed over me a book of Supreme Court Judgements asking me to read judgments that had recently came up.

I would quote him here “It is very easy to enter in this profession and make a name but an equally difficult task is to maintain that name, when you have already created a standard for yourself and all the eyes are set on you!

This internship is a must for every litigator who wants to understand how to balance out stressful life of a litigator while enjoying the work that you do.

Bad things as such were not there. One thing that bugged me sometimes was that I was the only intern when I had joined in. Though my friends were there in court, sometimes it became a little bit boring.

Stipend

Experience!

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I live in Jaipur itself, so it was never a problem for me. But interns who come from outside can find PGs at a relatively cheaper cost at Lalkothi or Jawahar Nagar. If cost is not an issue then one can find PG in C- Scheme as well.

This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.

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