Internship Experience @ Sankhla & Associates, New Delhi: Litigation Oriented Office , Drafting and Research Work, No Stipend

Name. College. Year of Study.

I am Harshit Tiwari. I am in 3rd year, College of Legal Studies (COLS), University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun.

Name of the organization. City

Sankhla & Associates , New Delhi

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

One has to do an internship there for a minimum of 1 month. For interns, it was a 5 working days schedule. However, it was on the wish of the interns as to whether they want to come on Saturdays (but who wishes!).

The office timings were from 0945 to 1800 hrs but it may extend depending upon your work. (Try to avoid seeking work in post lunch session unless you are too ‘vella’, or else you are in for at least 2000 hrs).

How big was the office? Team strength?

Well, they have two offices, I happened to intern at GK – I office, which was decently big and well maintained and decorated elegantly.

Team comprised of 5 associates and two partners, namely Mr. Kapil Sankhla & Mrs. Meghna Sankhla.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

I applied through their website; sankhla.in. You can get the contact details along with addresses of both offices on their website itself.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

Well, they have several PGs around there in GK-I itself, ranging from 7k to 11k and more, depending upon your pocket and will to spend.

Plus there is a decent market in M Block so you don’t really need to run to far to grab your requisites.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

Well first day was pretty smooth. Although, had to wait a bit as being a Saturday office opened up late, around 1100 hrs. Well, staff
was pretty much supportive and soft spoken.

The day began with a pseudo-formal introduction and a bit of chit chat. I was appointed a mentor who seemed to me a very genuine and down to earth and talented guy and turned out to be the same.

Main tasks

Tasks assigned differed from day to day. Mainly the work which was given was to write case summary or synopsis or related research.

Sometimes, argument summary was also asked by the interns.

Moreover, the interns were also taken for court visits to observe court proceedings etc.

All in all, knowledge ain’t going to run or come flowing to you, instead it requires you to do some digging and make efforts.

Work environment, people

Work environment transformed from easy going to under pressure depending upon the work load and deadline.

But over all the associates along with the staff were very co-operative so it was not too difficult to handle and most of the times not at all difficult. (You just need to know how to deal and give required respect to individuals around you, rest falls into place.)

Best things

Experience. Some really High Profile cases. Talented associates

Bad things? 

Some days, you have to struggle to get work. And believe me it sucks! Otherwise, everything else was pretty fine.

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

Since, colleagues or to be more specific, associates were really good there so chilling was not required much.

Stipend/month

None

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons

If one is really interested in litigation after law school, he/she can go for the firm for internship.

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