Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Prachilekha Sahoo, University Law College, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, 3rd year
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Chambers of Advocate Prabhu Prasanna Behera, Orissa High Court, Cuttack
Application Process with contact details
The application procedure is simple.
My senior interned there and he suggested me to apply. After which I submitted my CV with a cover letter to the following e-mail id: [email protected]
Within a few days, I was replied via e-mail asking me to join The Chamber on the following Saturday.
Note:- Do not send emails en masse to the above email ID. Your application will be rejected.
Duration of internship and timings
27th June, 2016 – 27th August, 2016 ( 8 weeks )
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
I was asked to report by 10:00 a.m.
I was quite excited about the it. We entered to the chamber and the interior was beautiful. Following up some basic courtesy we settled in the room. There were few clients and we were requested to wait for 10 minutes.
As we sat in the chamber, we looked around the room, files were neatly stacked, books were neatly kept in their respective cupboards. After the clients left Sir introduced himself, asked us our name, what is our ambition in life, what do we expect to learn from this internship, where had we interned earlier and few more questions.
Following that Sir made us understood what drafting and pleading is, types of petition, showed us basic formats of drafting. After that we were given a case file to read and thus started our work.
The team’s work included research work, primarily related to everyday cases, evaluating efficiency of laws.
By the end of the day we had dealt with a significant number of sections, from CrPC to Pension laws to RTI. While returning home I knew I had made a good use of the day.
As an intern our work isn’t usually confined to a specific topic or a subject. It includes wide range of tasks, assigned regularly, with some specified intended outcomes. They would give clear instructions and make you clear about the project. If we had doubts we asked without hesitating. They were very patient and would answer all our queries related to cases or studies.
During your internship, you’re bound to experience some highs and lows. There will be times when you question everything you’ve learned so far and then there will be times when you feel on top of the world.
Wherever you are in your internship, it’s important to stay inspired. Whether it’s your goal to learn something new or share your ideas with your managers, find inspiration that can help you stay motivated during your internship. Not all things that you learn are taught to you, but many things that you learn, you learn from experiences,for being inquisitive.
One thing I liked specifically, that you were first explained the bigger picture, so that the intern knew exactly what she/he is working for, and how her/his work would be helpful for or relevant to them.
An intern would always feel important being a part of the project, and not simply wouldn’t feel doing work for the sake of a certificate.
Summation of work that I was entrusted with:
1. Preparation of various case notes on the Consumer Protection cases which proved really helpful for a deeper and a better understanding of the Consumer Protection laws in practicality.
2. Reviewed the Orissa Civil Services Pension Rules.
3. Analysis of statistics of states regarding the price of stamp fees.
4. Worked on files of next day case and preparing their brief.
Work environment and people
The work environment was convivial, warm and energetic. When in doubt people are there to help you out. Lots of debating, discussion goes on regarding issues raised in the cases or research.
We co-interns would often pull each other’s leg and joke around. Talk and communicate on daily basis.
They always made sure if we had our lunch, if we are in good health. Chips, cookies and mini treats were arranged while there is heavy workload. Small breaks are given to relax and unwind.
How can I not love this internship!
The best part of-course was unwinding and relaxing with fellow co-interns. Shuffling and going through the books lined upon. Mini treats such as pastries, cookies were heavenly especially when you were working hard.
If you’re really not a research-based work lover and can’t sit for long periods, you might feel the internship to be exhausting. Other than that none as such.
None, though it had few perks!
There is a huge difference between law in theory and law in action.You might tend to forget what you learnt for semester exams but you can never forget sections you thoroughly researched and dealt for a case.
The University of Wisconsin Law School web site explains that: “Knowing the rules is like learning to play scales when you study a musical instrument. Playing scales is essential, but it isn’t music. And knowing the rules is essential, but it isn’t being a lawyer.”
You will feel the echo of this quote every now and then.
Any Other Thing
After our internship gets over, me and my co-intern indulge in street foods and fancy ourselves as food critic hopping over one stall to another. We make it a point to try at least one stall before we head home.
Since I live in Bhubaneswar, I didn’t have to go through the hassles of finding and living in a PG. Me and my co-intern, who also happens to be my batch mate, would take a ride in bus from Vanivihar bus stop (Bhubaneswar) to Link Road in Cuttack. Fare being Rs 20/- only per person.
From Link Road we would take Uber auto services to the chamber i.e again price ranging between Rs 28-33 /- . If your co-intern is as funny as mine, journey wouldn’t be tiring at all!
P.S :- Why Uber? No I’m not sponsoring Uber in anyway rather it is the only option in the city of Cuttack!
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The lunch break is included in between when you can munch on your favorite dishes, relax for the moment and put games on free downloads.