Sankalp S Srivastava
Chambers of Advocate Pravin H. Parekh, New Delhi
Team Strength- 2 really good Associates + lots of miscellaneous co-workers
I sent an application on Sir’s email-ID- email@example.com
They’re usually prompt in replying and will take you unless they have no space to accommodate you. Apply at least 3 months in advance.
June 20th, 2015- July 17th, 2015
The first day is probably one of the only days one feels put-off by the internship.
I was asked to report to Sir’s office (in Neeti Bagh) at 9.30 pm.
His office is in his residence itself, and occupies an entire floor.
You’ll probably miss it the first time you venture out to locate it.
Clue: It’s opposite KK Venugopal’s house. (if finding that is easier)
Anyway: there was no one in the office apart from a stereotypical assistant at the desk who asked me to fill in my details on my first day.
I was then asked to ‘wait’.
Since the court was open that day, the entire staff was in the court and I was stuck alone with another clueless co-intern in the office until Sir came back in the evening.
The office has a decent library as well, so I kept myself busy with that for the time being. I did ask for work from the receptionist, who told me bluntly that if Sir had work, he’d call and tell him.
However, that call did not come and it was only when Sir came back that I first got some work.
He called me and the rest of the co-interns (who’d come by then) into his room (which can be intimidating for the first time).
It’s filled with awards and the Padma Shri of course.
I was also on the receiving end of some scolding by Sir for no fault of mine, as the other co-interns were not working.
I was categorically told that I should have ‘implored’ for work if he had not called.
Slightly unnerving, but it was reassuring at the same time knowing that I was under someone who was genuinely interested in seeing his interns work.
The entire intern team worked on the current cases that Sir was handling.
This involved research about specific provisions and statutes.
Also, each of us was assigned a case that was to be taken up later and asked to draft the grounds on which it could be argued.
This was challenging work, as we were given the entire file of the concerned case, most of which started at the Trial Court, and therefore had to read through the judgments of the lower courts as well and the the other annexed documents- which were, trust me, a LOT!
Besides, one of us always had to be present whenever a client (old or new) came to to meet Sir about his case.
Besides this, Sir always had exotic tasks for the interns on his iPad (which he absolutely adores).
He assigned us articles on random topics from time to time as well.
Since he’s the President of the Bar Association and generally a well-respected person in the legal arena, he is invited to numerous functions for speeches- which we were assigned to write.
The work environment was quite chilled out- almost too chilled out for my liking.
The Associates had substantial autonomy to give us work and let us work at our own pace at most times.
They were approachable and are experienced so one can learn quite a bit from them (special shout out to Vishal Sir!).
The chamber in the Supreme Court was visited by quite a few other lawyers as well from the firm.
The Court’s chamber had all the gossip of the Court rooms and it was a fun place to be in- from gossiping staff to crying associates after the Salman Khan verdict- it had a truly unique atmosphere.
The best thing about the internship was the SUPREME COURT.
Sir allowed us to spend a lot of time in the court rooms and also kept us in close proximity whenever any of his cases was being put up.
The sheer proximity to renowned judges and advocates would put anyone serious about pursuing law in awe.
Besides, there was the cliched ‘practical knowledge’ that was gained by me by working with Sir.
Sir also took personal interest in the interns and made it a point to meet with us when we came and also once before we went- asking us about the work done during the day.
Finally, if you’re lucky and Sir hosts some party/dinner for one of his colleagues, you’d most probably be invited in it!
I had the privilege of attending dinners held in honor of Mr. Harish Salve and Mr. KK Venugopal 😀
Oh and yeah- Sir also treats the interns to free lunch every Sunday!
NO Sundays off!!
All my night-out plans in Delhi were dashed after this piece of information.
Also, the fact that I lived at quite a distance from the place meant that I ended up spending quite a lot on travel.
Bit disgruntling again especially when you hear that right across the road, KK Venugopal pays 8K to his interns and also when you work 7 days.
Still, I wouldn’t lessen the experience for any amount of money so..
While this might not be the most happening internship that some other places have to offer, it has all the requisites of a good old regular court internship.
Go for it especially if you’re going for to the SC for the first time.
It’ll be worth it!!