My first step into the law firm
By Karan Dhingra, Jindal Global Law School Sonepat
It was the month of January and year 2014 and my first day at the law firm. I had to travel 35.5 km, from Gurgaon to Saket Court, New Delhi. I woke up at 6 am after a very long time due to excitement of the internship. I never woke up so early since a year almost as my classes in college are from 9 am and I’m up by 8-8:30 am.
The excitement of first day was getting me on. Having so many thoughts in my mind I left from home, travelling via metro. I was wearing a proper formal suit with the black tie and imaging myself as Harvey Spector from Suits. I had to reach court directly at 9 am for my first case that I would be experiencing with my lawyer.
It was a divorce case, still remember the name, Shamtam Gosh V. Tithi Gosh. Throughout the distance I was reading about divorce laws in India as I wasn’t aware on it. I reached Saket metro station at 8:30 am and took an auto for Saket Court (paid Rs 40). Wearing the court attire I didn’t even had to go through the security check.
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Saket Court had many building inside and I didn’t know my way. I was visiting Court for the first time and was scared. I called my lawyer, he said he is at family court and asked me to come directly there and cut the call. I asked my way from a police officer standing there. Somehow I tried to reach my court on time.
Met my lawyer, shook hands and were just standing outside the court and waiting for our litigation. By that time my lawyer was telling me the facts of the case while me noting them all. And then we enter. That moment I’m standing beside my lawyer holding his files and completely silent and stunned at the moment.
That was an amazing moment for me. The trial started. We were representing the plaintiff side and arguing for divorce. I was badly wanted to argue in front of the judge. I just wanted my lawyer to exchange positions and me arguing in front of the court. It just went for 2 minutes and the next date was given, which was after 3 months.
No matter why Indian judiciary is so slow. Coming out of the court room and talking to the client. My lawyer made me meet the opposing lawyer and spoke to him. While taking off from the client, the father of the son who filed for the divorce gave me Rs. 1100 as my first money for the internship.
He said, “beta its shagun. Please keep it”. My lawyer waving his head, meaning to take the cash. I was so happy at that moment. My world just glowed up and just wanted to tell everyone about this my parents, friends and relatives.
I reached the firm finally at Patiala House, New Delhi. It was a very small office with a Managing Director, three lawyers and one typewriter. Above on the walls there were many books of law. Lawyers hustled back and forth with huge piles of legal briefs.
The Managing Director of the firm Mr. Firoz Ahmed, came and spoke to me. He order for two tea for us and that was brilliant in taste. He spoke to me for 5 minutes and I was sharing my first day experience.
It was chamber number 619. One of the best known office in the whole of Patiala House. My internship ended at 12 pm and it was worth the excitement I had.
It was the most chill out internship ever. I just had to stay at the firm for 3-4 hours and then I could leave for home. My work was to write the facts, judgment, court name and court room number. I use to go with the lawyers to the court, gain experience and then come back to the office. The first couple of days were filled with an exciting frenzy of activity.
The law library at the firm soon became my second home with The Indian Penal Code and The Code of Criminal Processor becoming as familiar as my collection. I was a 1st year student with no knowledge. Just had done my 1st semester and all of this use to excitement me a lot.
Never in my life had I encountered such a variety of challenges as I did in my time at the internship. On daily basis, I did pretty much the same thing. During afternoon, I use to move out of the office for a while to eat something.
There used to be a kulcha chole selling on the street which were very much economical in respect to its quality and taste. I use to be back in 10 mins in the office and use to sit for another 1 hour in the office and talk to lawyers about the case. I almost attended 30 cases throughout my 4 weeks of internship throughout the District Courts of Delhi.
Following three strenuous and invigorating weeks, I effectively finished my internship. Over the compass of only four weeks, I had taken in an assemblage of new aptitudes and created a totally new viewpoint towards the field of law.
My time at the firm, albeit requesting, was from multiple points of view the most cannily fortifying background I have had in that it obliged me to think imaginatively and engineer answers for a mixture of issues. It was mind blowing to be encompassed by attorneys that performed such confused deal with an everyday premise and it was really energizing to be inundated in the calling.
My experience has additionally made it unfathomably clear that I need to work with the law in some manner and that I would like to further my understanding of the intriguing universe of lawful frameworks and how they join with our legislature and society in general.
I basically learned throughout my internship what it takes to be a lawyer who fight for his case whether his client is guilty or not. My favorite experience of the internship wasn’t necessarily the internship itself, but every time I visited the court, I stop and think, “Hey, when will I be the one standing here”.
I guess I would say the biggest obstacle in my internship was going to quickly and my lawyer having to come up with what to do with me for the allotted time. In conclusion, that one month was the most world experiencing moment of my life.
I loved my internship and the people I worked with. And soon I’ll be more likely to go into the field where I need to look carefully at the things to argue them because of my internship. One more thing that I learned was, real life is different from what we see in serials (Suits). “Life is low, I like it higher”.