Name, College, Year of Study
Aashna Chawla, Amity Law School, Delhi, 3rd Year
Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength
Chamber of Sir A.D.N. Rao (Advocate on Record), Supreme Court, New Delhi
I got it through a friend, however those interested can mail their CV with a cover letter to [email protected]
Duration of internship and timings
1st – 31st July
I had to report between 9:30-10 am every day and would get free between 4 pm and 6 pm depending on the workload.
Sir is particular about interns reaching on time so that they know which court room to be in at a given time, however, if you’re late once or twice you can ask the office staff and report directly in the court room.
Saturdays are working in Sir’s Noida office and you can report as late as 11, however, if an intern does not wish to work on Saturdays they can inform the office accordingly with sufficient reasons and can get an off.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
My first day was a Wednesday, the opening day of the Supreme Court after everyone had got a month long break from work.
The office was relaxed and organized, I reached on time and was introduced to everyone in the office.
Sir had two clerks and four junior associates who assisted him. I was the first intern to join after the summer break. Two more interns joined the office the following Monday.
Being the opening week, the first two weeks were miscellaneous weeks and no interns were allowed into the courtrooms, however, you can always try your luck and request the guards and beg them for a good 20 minutes to let you in only for your hearing after which you leave the court.
If that works, they might recognize you and sneak you in at times if you’re sweet to them.
On my first day I was given a few case files to read and one of the clerks helped me make my monthly pass to enter the courtrooms.
Our daily routine was to hear the proceedings regarding the cases, then read the case files of the cases listed for the next day and subsequently research on the loopholes of the case that we think might work in our favor.
At the end of the day we would discuss our points of view and research with Sir and the other advocates in the chamber.
I also got some drafting to do during the internship.
In fact, I was given an entire case to myself! It was a divorce case and I was handed over all the documents and the facts and I was asked to research and draft the case all by myself.
I could take help from anyone in the office whenever I wanted and could always ask for a sample drafting format however, this was one of the main highlights of my internship.
It made me feel like a real advocate and I felt like I was responsible.
Apart from the divorce case, Sir’s practice was a mix of both civil as well as criminal so we got to research on very diverse fields from murders to constitutional cases relating to equality, cases in relation to disabled people and also environmental matters.
One of the most complicated cases I came across was that regarding family law and the will of a maharaja. The case had so many twists and turns that it almost felt like a fiction bestseller and the scope of research on the case was very wide.
The most interesting part of the internship however, was to learn from Sir himself. Whether it was to hear him argue or to witness his meetings with his clients, it was always a learning experience to watch how flawlessly and effortlessly he worked.
Since Sir’s chamber was in the Supreme Court premises itself, lunch at the canteen was amazing. The feeling of eating when surrounded by advocates in bands and gowns gives one a very real picture of what life might be like once college is over.
Secondly, the learning experience! Not only do you learn from the advocate you’re interning with but from hundreds of others. An internship like this is great to interact with other seniors and hear the flawless arguments of legends like Sir Ram Jethmalani and Kapil Sibbal.
Thirdly, Sir is also the amicus curiae to the forest bench of the Supreme Court so the internship apart from civil and criminal laws also teaches you a lot about environmental laws and hazards and the role of a lawyer in helping the environment.
Fourthly, everyone in the chamber is friendly and approachable. You can ask the advocates the most basic questions and they will sit down and explain to you. At times, if there are questions they do not know the answer of, they will make it a point to research and get back to you the next day.
There were also times where a question slowly engaged everyone in conversation and all the advocates and interns would sit together and understand things together over tea.
Fifthly, CP! Khan Market! Bengali Market! Need I say more?
I strongly believe that every experience in an internship teaches you something or the other, therefore, these is absolutely nothing that was bad about the internship.
However, if I have to think of something, it would be parking!
For those of you who plan on driving to the Court daily, parking in the area might not be very easy. The closest place to park would be the car park of Pragati Maidan metro station which is not too far and you can walk from there to the court.
The stipend is performance based.
It generally varies between 5000-8000 depending on the quantum and quality of your work.
The internship taught me absolutely everything one needs to know about life at litigation.
I got to try my hand at everything from client counselling to filing a case to procedures at the high court, the Supreme Court, the consumer court and the NGT and drafting. I got to experience all in a month’s time in just one internship
Given a chance, I would definitely intern here again.
The Supreme Court is in the centre of Delhi so commuting should not be a problem for anyone who stays in Delhi.
For someone who is not from Delhi, you can find a PG in North Campus from where you can easily metro it.
The metro line from Noida and Vaishali (Blue Line) directly stops at Pragati Maidan station so you can look for a PG there 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.