Name, College, Year of Study
Name of the Organisation
Advocates Pedia Foundations is a Non – Profit registered under Trust Act 1882. It was launched on January 1 2016 by Faiyaz Khalid, the founder chairmen of ADVOCATES PEDIA FOUNDATION. The main aims and objects of the said organization is to work for the development of legal education and social causes.
Mode of Internship
Virtual / Online Mode
Duration of Internship
The Duration of Internship is for a minimum period of 30 days. Every student is given a total set of 10 assignments and every student is bound to complete those assignments within 1 month of his assigned tenure. In case if a student is not able to meet up the expectations of the internship then he/she will not be given certificate.
Process of Application
As a freshman year law student, I keenly observed that there are some skills that a good lawyer needs to imbibe such as researching, drafting mooting skills and Internships. Internships, I believe is one of the most important and practical aspect for law students. Through internships we can get on hand knowledge about what is it like to work in legal field and beyond and how the system works, not equivalently learning about it but also questioning about it.
My law journey started in lockdown when I was completely unaware and sceptical about how to start internships, where to go, from whom to take guidance etc. At that point I came along the website of Advocate Pedia foundation which was providing internship opportunities to all students.
Students of all years are eligible to apply for this internship at the firm. Students pursuing 3 year LLB as well as 5 year LLB course. I applied for the internship on their internship portal
Where a student needs to first register himself for an internship by filling basic details as NAME, STATE, COUNTRY as well as his EMAIL ID and REFERRAL ID and then you need to register. After registration, a student can check home his/her homepage and go through the articles that a student needs to write within his tenure.
First Day Formalities and Impressions
As the internship was virtual and as I said it was time based, as we were supposed to complete the aforesaid tasks within a span of one month. Different articles and case laws were given to me and as a freshman year student I was totally ignorant about researching, referencing, what is bibliography, how to add footnotes etc.
Topics allotted to me included Abetting mutiny or attempt to seduce a soldier, Exclusion of acts that are offences independently of caused harm, Copyright offence, Sale etc or obscene books.
There were tasks segregated to particular student associated with that internship and he/she was bound to complete those within stipulated time.
As it was a virtual based internship, I would say that there was absolutely no pressure as it totally depends on you, depends on your speed of research. You can complete all those assignments in the given span of your tenure.
Good things I believe was flexibility and that the internship was no time bound
I felt that as this was my first law virtual internship, there could’ve been more to Such internships on the basis of knowledge or guidance. Nobody was there to monitor our work or give feedbacks regarding what was expected from us.
I believe that if it was offline internship, then maybe the experience would’ve been more fruitful and enjoyable. As I was ignorant and sceptical about how to research, how to add footnotes, citations if there was someone to guide freshman law students it would’ve been better.
Also, there was no introductory session so that we could enact and exchange ideas with our fellow mates and could learn few interesting things from our seniors’.
There was no stipend awarded as it was an unpaid internship.
What I have personally believe is unpaid internships are good for learning, but a student personally should not do more than 4/5 unpaid internships as it is volunteer work. The amount of effort that goes to curate an article or case law remains the same and yet students don’t receive minimum stipend.
Furthermore, what I have observed is NLU vs NON NLU hypocrisy. I believe, there’s this notion that only candidates coming from top notch NLU, s are able to secure internships from top notch firms or from Tier 1 colleges, this somewhere should be changed. No student should be judged as it is said it doesn’t matter from where you come from, what actually matters is where you want to go with.
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