Internship Experience @ Tempus Law Associates, Hyderabad: Hard work, sincerity and punctuality surely pay off

Name

Aishwarya Rao, Chanakya National Law University, Patna, 5th year.

Duration of the Internship

December 14, 2015 to January 13, 2016.

Name of the organization & Address

Tempus Law Associates, Hyderabad.

Address of the office: Ravi Chambers, #100/1, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, Hyderabad-33.

However, most probably the office is going to get shifted in a few months to a nearby area called Kondapur.

Application Process

I had applied by sending a mail with a cover letter and CV to [email protected]. One needs to apply at-least one and a half months prior to the proposed internship date.

They are quite spontaneous in responding and I got a reply within two days so there is no need of any follow-ups through telephone calls.

Duration of Internship and Timings

I interned for a period of 1 month starting from December 14, 2015 to January, 13, 2016. They take interns for a minimum period of three weeks. Office timings are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday to Friday.

On Saturdays we were allowed to leave by 4:30 p.m. upon completion of our allotted work. The exit timings might extend depending on the urgency of work allotted to you. There were days when I was working till 8 p.m.

The entry timings are flexible till 10 a.m. All the interns as well as the employees are required to record their entry and exit time in the register kept at the reception.

These timings are scrutinised before the certificate is provided at the end of the internship. Therefore it is necessary to be punctual here.

First Day Impression and Joining Formalities

The office is small and simple with a team of around ten people. The partners of the firm are Ms. Sundari R. Pisupati and Mr. Raviprasad who are practising advocates in Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Ms. Kavitha looks after the joining formalities. The interns are required to fill a form with details like educational background, past internship experiences and also sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Thereafter there is a short introduction session where the intern and the Associates introduce themselves to each other.

Work Environment

Both the partners and all the associates are very polite and humble. They make sure that the interns have adequate work and are always eager to respond to the queries even after repeated pestering.

The people here are simple and sincere. It is just a matter of time when one starts feeling that he/she belongs to this place. Interns are treated with equal respect.

Main tasks

An intern is not assigned to any one partner or associate, as is the practice in most of the law firms. During the course of my internship, I was assigned work from almost all the associates and partners.

Major portion of my Internship went in working on a Due –Diligence Report of a Public Company.

The work was overwhelming as I was required to go through the Contracts entered into by the Company, Loan Agreements, Incorporation documents and other material documents of the Company.

For more than a week I was asked to accompany two other Associates to the Client’s office.  I also had a chance to interact with executive employees of the Company which was a tremendous learning experience.

Various IPR related work was also given to me that included drafting of Patent Specifications, drafting legal notices on copyright and trademark infringement.

I drafted a number of privacy policy, terms of use and legal disclaimer of various websites. Further, I also did various research works in different areas of law.

Presentation

During the last week of my internship I was asked to prepare a Power Point Presentation on the External Commercial Borrowing Mechanisms.

I had based my presentation on the recent RBI guidelines that amended the earlier regulations on ECB mechanism. The presentation was an informative and interactive session between all the interns and the associates.

Good Things

If you want to learn then Tempus Law Associates will make you learn, give you a tremendous experience and will make your internship worthwhile. One gets to work in almost every field of law.

You can communicate your interest in any specific field to the associates so as to get major work from that specified area.

Tea is provided every morning and evening which is not very great but atleast provides a break from the continuous glare of the computer screen.

Bad Things

If your idea of internship is just chilling around then this place will make your internship days dreadful.

Considering the kind and quality of work that one gets here, the certificate that is provided to the interns is quite disappointing.

Stipend

Students who are in final year of their course are eligible to get stipend which also depends upon the discretion of Partners, depending upon the performance during the Internship.

I was provided with a stipend of Rs. 3000/-.

Accommodation

The office is situated in Kavuri Hills, Madhapur.

There are a number of PGs in the Madhapur area with great hygiene and food facility. I had put up in a PG near Image Hospital that charged Rs. 7000/- per month for a three sharing room with attached washroom.

The rent included laundry facilities (washing and iron), Television in each rooms, food thrice a day and an elevator (which was a relief as my room was on the fourth floor).

It took me only 10 minutes to commute from my PG to the office. This saved a lot of energy which you really require while working in a law firm.

Contact Details of PG- Lotus Grand PG for Women. 9246148174.

Overall Experience

Overall experience of interning in Hyderabad was pleasant. The city has various attractions, the topmost being the great food it offers. It is a paradise for non-vegetarians; however I enjoyed the food despite being a vegetarian.

People here are helpful and friendly and almost everyone can communicate in Hindi or English therefore there is no language barrier which is the problem faced by most North-Indians in any South Indian city.

Biggest Lesson 

Hard work, sincerity and punctuality surely pay off.

I got an excellent feedback from the associates and the partners and also received stipend as a token of appreciation for my work.

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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