Internship @ Advocate Madhav Khurana, Criminal Law Lawyer, Delhi : You will not be allowed to sit free

Name. College. Year of Study

Sukriti Gandhi. Amity Law School, Delhi. 2nd year

Name of the organization. City

Lawyer – Advocate Madhav Khurana, Criminal Litigation, Trial Courts and High Court, New Delhi

Duration of the internship

5 weeks

How to apply?

I got the internship through a recommendation of a friend but you can mail your CVs to [email protected]

How big was the office? Team strength?

Its a basement converted into an office so you won’t find the typical corporate feel to the place. Its shared with another advocate specializing in the IPR field. Sir’s side includes a clerk and 2 of his associates.

There are perks of working in a small close knit office, everyone knows everybody and since all the associates including the IPR ones are young, mainly in their 20’s  the feel of the entire office is very energetic, friendly and its an absolute pleasure working with them all.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

I got through a friend’s recommendation and I am glad I did. This isn’t typical internship where the interns are made to do clerical work. If you are interning under Madhav Sir, you are in for some serious law-learning-business.

You won’t be allowed to sit around and waste time, the more initiative you show the more sir would indulge you and entrust you with work. There is a reason why he is one of the best trial court lawyer and he expects his interns to work too.

If you are okay with above mentioned conditions then all you have to do is to send your CV to [email protected]. Thats the only procedure for applying.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

I interned for 5 weeks. But generally he would take interns for 4 weeks. If you want to intern for longer then you might talk to him as it would depend on his schedule and whether or not he can accommodate you for that long.

I was a part time intern so I went after college, generally around 3:30-4 PM except on the days when boss expected me to go to the court with him. If he as asked you to go to the court with him, be punctual.

Out Timings – I  worked till I completed my work but the as a girl, you’d be expected to get out of the office by 8:30 so that you reach back home at a decent hour.

You’ll be expected to work 5 days a week. Saturdays might be on but that depends on how much work there is in the office and its mostly half days or so on Saturdays.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I live in south Delhi and the office was fairly close so accommodation was not a problem for me.

You can take an auto/bus/metro whatever mode you prefer to reach the court once because after that you have the privilege of riding with Boss in his car from one court to the other or back to the office or to the meetings.

All you’ve got to do is to be punctual.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

The first day when I went to the office I had to wait for 45 minutes to meet him since Boss wasn’t back from the courts yet. The moment he entered the office, he asked me to follow him.

He made me sit and explained the section of Cr.P.C. he wanted me to research on. The best part is that he will make sure that you understand the areas you are supposed to work on. So my first impression was amazing.

There are very few lawyers of his stature who would sit an intern down and explain everything and listen to their queries.

Since he deals with Criminal Law, non-heinous crimes, the work would involve everything from Cr.P.C, negotiable instruments, IPC, evidence etc.

Its a great opportunity for people who are interested in criminal litigation.

Work environment, people

The work environment and the people are amazing, be it Boss or the associates. Everyone is super friendly. You don’t have to think twice before approaching Boss or the associates for any query or to help you with something.

The associates are, for the lack of a more professional word, chilled.  After a long day of work and running around courts everyone decides what to order to eat, from where and thats when everyone finds time for a little gossip and relaxing.

As far as Boss is concerned, he is an amazing  to work with because he makes sure that you understand everything and try to use your maximum potential.

You can go to him at anytime, call him up if he isn’t in the office to clear your doubts and trust me, he won’t get irritated even if you go to him with the tiniest query or if you tell him to explain you a certain concept again.

His aim is not restricted to getting his work done but it extends to you understand the working of Courts and the working of law.

Best things?

I could go on about this because of the experience I had. The best things range from the people there to the quality of work. Never was I ever made to be feel like an intern, for  everyone it was like I was one of them, and not a 2nd year student who barely knows law.

Whatever were my opinions, queries or whatever, they were heard and were welcomed.

And you could actively participate in the discussions going on between the associates related to some case without getting a weird look.

Everyone in the office will make you feel comfortable and help you deliver top notch level of your work. If you are good, Boss might even entrust you with drafting and major extensive research.

Bad things? (Nothing is all good)

Well, there aren’t any bad things if you can handle sarcasm well. Madhav Sir is a perfect mixture of being a strict professional Boss and a sarcastic person.

I assure you, he won’t leave an opportunity to make a light sarcastic remark about your mistakes but then again he does it in good faith and not in a condescending manner. Its his way of keeping the office environment light, joking and friendly.

He would never call you an intern if he takes you to a meeting. He called me his “colleague”( sounds crazy but for a 2nd year student to be called that by and advocate is a BIG deal) while we were at a meeting.

Sir is flexible and if you have a genuine reason, he won’t think twice before giving you an off, but he would expect you to complete your work.

There isn’t anything bad about it. You have the freedom to order in food if you feel like or to go upto the market at a distance to get some refreshments. So unless you are scared of working hard, it’s a great deal.

Stipend/ month

I was the first intern to get a stipend by him. So I guess its negotiable. I never talked to him about any of this so it came as a surprise to me when he handed me my stipend.

Absolutely overwhelming.

Anything else you’d like to tell

Its one of the best places to work. I can guarantee that. But the only hitch is that its a place for people who really want to work and learn.

You will not be allowed to sit free and sir will expect you to deliver results. As a first generation lawyer in my family with no back up, I can say that for others who are like me, trying to get hard earned certificates, building a CV and who like working and are interested in learning, it’s a great place to be at.

Everyone will make sure you understand what you are doing and they will help you practically apply the laws that you have just studied theoretically. This is one of the places where  initiatives are taken keeping in mind the development of the intern.

Another internship experience under Advocate Madhav Khurana was shared HERE.

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