Samali Verma, Amity Law School Delhi (GGISPU), 3rd year.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
Monday to Saturday all 6 days are working (Saturday is wear-casual-clothes-to-office-day).
By 9:30 a.m. you are expected to be in the office.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Accommodation wasn’t a problem as I’m from Delhi. Some of the out station interns were staying at PGs in GK-II and Lajpat Nagar area, there are plenty of options available.
The office is walking distance from the Lajpat Nagar metro station which makes commuting very easy.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
On the first day I was introduced to the insurance team , the associates asked about which subjects had so far been covered as per my college curriculum, if I had done any additional diploma courses and accordingly allotted work.
The IT guy (Note this is one very important person as you will be making many a trips to his office in need of some technical help) configures your laptop for wi-fi access, connectivity to different printers.
Having these minor details in place helped getting work done during times of crisis.
Main tasks/ Work environment, people.
In my 8 weeks at the firm I worked under both litigation as well as corporate department. Thanks to which I got a variety of work.
There was never a dull day at work (read I was struggling with some new legislation/agreement/Regulation every day, but it was all quite exciting).
Assigned tasks included drafting DARs, Written Statements while working for the litigation team, proof-reading commercial agreements while working under the corporate team, and otherwise just lot of extensive research based work.
Working with the lit team also involved a lot of running around as it meant assisting the associate to different courts for case proceedings.
The work environment at Khaitan was friendly and conducive. Everybody was extremely helpful and the associates were very accommodating.
They are particular about the work they assign to you and meeting deadlines is very well appreciated. Also great emphasis is laid on proper referencing ,formatting of the research notes being submitted to them.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
Every evening the interns would have detailed discussions on what food to order and where from. Let’s just say all of the restaurants in Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, GK-I & II area which have home delivery option and good ratings on Zomato were exploited in those few weeks.
Being a Delhite the whole idea of exploring the surrounding wasn’t too exciting for me how ever there are plenty of places in the vicinity to just go and chill.
There is ample work available for the interns, challenging tasks, which are of diversified nature. Associates here were willing to give out work to the interns and are encouraging.
You also get a lot of side gyaan from the brigade of young associates on how to polish your survival skills for the big bad corporate world (read : life lessons over coffee) and how to make it till the end of the day scratch-free, in legal world and otherwise.
An unexpected mentoring session with two of the partners during the last week of my internship was a welcome gesture.
Another plus is that you don’t need to run around for your certificate.
You are supposed to draft the internship letter stating the main tasks undertaken by you at the firm. Make sure to only mention the work you actually did as chances are that the senior partner would examine before signing it for you.
During the last few weeks of the internship construction/renovation works were in full swing at the office which did lead to few issues as far as internet connectivity, space for interns to work etc were concerned.
No stipend. Not even for the final year students from National Law Schools.
Biggest lessons/Word of advice
Just like everything else in life even your internship is what you make out of it. Please go walk up to the associate and ask for work, there is really no point in sitting all day in office with little to no work.
Case in point a few interns who would keep staring at their computer screens while hiding in a corner just killing time, doing no work whatsoever. Be willingly to work, to learn and most importantly be ready to go grab such work.
If on a day you are feeling particularly fierce walk up to the Partner politely introduce yourself , express your eagerness to work for them, to assist them in research and you shall have work assigned to you.
And when such work comes your way, take it very seriously. Even if it is making a brief of a not-so-relevant-case-law, do it with the utmost sincerity.
If at first you don’t understand something and feel like a lost puppy , give it time. Google shall come to your rescue. If all else fails just keep your ego aside and approach your senior for further clarity/guidance on the task at hand.
It might come as a surprise but sometimes that one circular you spent hours searching for might be untraceable even for your senior. So just breathe and move on to bigger, better things (I mean research and more legal research).
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