First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
Brilliantly chiseled British style barristers chamber. With walls of plush teak and rose, posh furniture, classy meeting rooms and lounges adorned with innumerable large landscape sketches and paintings with dim and warm lighting. Welcomed by the reception, and formalities completed within half an hour’s time.
The office allots work to the intern based on their level of expertise, experience, skillset and areas of interest. A first year intern would probably be allocated with basic legal research questions regarding statutory enactments and basic citations and occasional court visits that only serves as a mood lifter.
As the seniority rises, third or fourth year students may be allocated advanced legal research such as the viability of a particular petition and possible loopholes in the arguments and contentions wherein a moderate level of discretion and analytical ability is utilized and evaluated.
This is also accompanied by frequent court visits where the intern is made accustomed to the various court practices and tricks of litigation. The final year students are also given substantial amount of drafting works such as deeds and petitions depending upon the areas of interest. Here one may clearly choose their line of work or interest and accordingly take up works.
Work environment and people
Most of the people in the office are extremely friendly and encouraging. They would go out of the way to explain a concept and the circumstances surrounding a case situation delicately, without revealing too much confidential client data.
This is of course coupled with a minimum expectation of a solid corresponding effort by the intern and the receptiveness and willingness of the intern to be open to knowledge and feedback. They would also often discreetly and subtly test one’s abilities and suggest possible areas of interest.
Brilliant office atmosphere and encouraging people who genuinely want you to grow.
Excellent infrastructure and access to a huge library and online database.
Flexible timings and work based deadlines.
Handsome stipend for those who look forward to it.
Plenty of opportunities to network and make contacts.
Slightly unsystematic way of working. Sometimes overburdened with work. Working on Saturdays also for half a day.
No job is a small one. Sometimes the things they make you do may seem extremely small and insignificant. But the same shall be most vital to your practice and professional life at a later stage. So don’t take any instruction upon your ego.
Everything is a learning experience which helps you polish yourself to be one amongst the best.
Any Other Thing
Hometown, hence at home.
Flexible timings largely ranging from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening with an hour for lunch and various other tea breaks.
Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.