Name and College
Shreshthraj Srivastava, 3rd year, School of Law, Galgotias University, Greater Noida
Organisation Name, Address
Alliance Law Group, Neeti Bagh, New Delhi. The office is about 1.5km away from the Green Park metro station (which is also the nearest metro station), near Kamla Nehru College.
Duration of Internship
4 Jan 2018 to 29 Jan 2018
How I applied
I sent my CV through mail at [email protected]
They replied with confirmation within two weeks. You can also get internship over there through contacts.
Interns are expected to stay from 10am to 5:30pm. Although, the office functions till 8pm, they don’t make you sit till late. Once when I was drafting something till 6:30pm one of the partners herself asked me to leave.
It’s good to inform the HR in advance if you are taking a day off, or if you will reach the office with some delay. It’s even better to inform the associate too under whom you are working.
Saturdays and Sundays are off for interns.
The whole firm is within ground floor and basement of the building. Interns have to sit in a separate room (next to a partner’s chamber) in the basement. The firm consists of 3 partners, 3 senior associates, 6-7 associates and consultants and few other staff members.
First day impressions
On the first day, I was given an internship form to fill and was made to sit in the intern’s room. At noon, Mr. Yash Mishra (Partner) called me in chamber and asked a few questions like why am I studying law, what are my future goals, where am I staying in Delhi and from where did I had my schooling etc. He is a generous person.
Before leaving his chamber he made sure that I know that the firm shall not tolerate any kind of indiscipline and that I shall be asked to leave immediately if ever I am found to be indulged in indiscipline. However, it was only later on that I found him to be most clement and humble among the 3 partners.
Once, he even sent a dairy milk chocolate for an intern who had done some remarkable research work assigned by him. On first day, I was given only a minor research work in trademark laws. I left around 5:30pm.
There are only 4 to 6 interns at a time, so you rarely get time to sit idle. We were given research work in wide disciplines of law ranging from contract law, trademarks act, ADR, Companies Act, CPC to NDPS act etc. They have rich collection of commentaries and reference books.
Along with research, we were asked to draft various legal notices, WSs, counter affidavits and replies to legal notices. They take internships very seriously and therefore you are expected to complete the task assigned to you with sincerity and within deadline. On a weekend, the interns were even allowed to sit in a guest lecture over M&A (which, undoubtedly, went right over our heads).
Everyone at the office (including senior associates and partners) is approachable and obliging. This was the office’s distinguishing characteristic. They acknowledge your work and give you feedback. Work environment is friendly and accommodating. Before leaving, on the last day each intern has to present a Powerpoint presentation over any recent legal subject or a recent significant judgement.
Everyone watches the presentation with utmost attentiveness and ask questions from the presenter. They also have a pet dog ‘whiskey’, which, as long as I remained in office, didn’t bark at strangers.
In my opinion, this law firm is a nice place to intern at. Your research skills will be enhanced. Besides they also entrust you with drafting submissions. You will learn how to approach a problem and that extensive legal research has no substitute. In addition, you get to know how a litigation firm actually functions. They don’t give stipend. Coffee is free.