Third Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
Amity Law School, Delhi (Affiliated to GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi)
I interned at the Corporate Legal Department of Religare Securities Limited (Public Limited Listed Company), Corporate Office, NOIDA during October-November 2010.
The procedure for applying is strict. The strong HR at the company monitors the training. You need to know people at the company to get an ‘easy’ entry.
Office timings are 9-6. Interns are not expected to be at the office after 6 if there is no urgent work to do. Flexible hours. Five days a week.
One has to invest personal resources for this aspect; the company provides no assistance on this front. Nonetheless the best thing is that the office is in close proximity to Amity University, Sector-125, NOIDA, hence there is ample option regarding PGs and hostels.
AROUND THE PLACE
If you want to feel at home (I mean ‘college’), pay a visit to Amity. Cool place really.
The Atta Market (Sector-18) is close-by, about 2.5 km. This is the most exciting place in NOIDA since it boasts of huge malls and multiplexes. You get anything to everything here. Good street food, go-karting, bowling, and you name it.
The ambience is beautiful. Cozy atmosphere inside. You get a ready supply of tea, coffee too! Also, there is a huge (I mean sprawling) canteen and if you are lucky some of the associates would ask you along.
You get to read a lot of consumer disputes regarding online share trading. Some might seem quite logical but since I am a law student, I was supposed to look at law not logic. “Life of law has not been logic, it has been experience.” Omnipotent.
Do read all the cases seriously since some are in the process of becoming precedents. They involve substantial questions of law.
Keep updating your notepad with all the work you do. Even though it is minute as in updating any file. You’ll require this when you submit the report.
The work is confined to study and research on matters pertaining to consumer disputes. The matters were innumerable – from tribunals to courts. Hefty amount of litigation by and against the company. But I must say that work is quite insightful.
You will get to learn the nuances of share trading by getting hang of the client agreement that Religare enters into with the customers. Moreover, I was in the litigation team hence that was the only domain for me.
There are about seven-eight people in the legal department. The boss, Director – Legal, is a composed person. He will mentor you constantly. So will the associates. On the very first day, the boss will explain you how the four weeks will be spent. He will assign you an associate who will take care of all your needs. For any further communication, you are supposed to approach the associate.
The associates are extremely professional and casual at the same time. They will joke around; jolly guys I must say. They beg you to ask questions. One of the associates isn’t pleased until you ask about 20-25 questions per day! It is interesting to forward your opinion when the associates discuss among themselves. They are welcoming. Since your contract law is fresh with interns, you get bumped with law of questions related to it!
Till the time I was there, no other intern joined the company. Nonetheless, the associates were no less than buddies!
After successful completion of the internship, a report is to be submitted regarding the works you have undertaken during the course of internship. Only upon the submission of the report, the certificate will be issued. Submit the report 2-3 days before the expected completion so that your certificate is ready in time. If you are worth it, you’ll land up with a good stipend as well! Nonetheless, do insist upon it.
1. Work at your own pace.
2. Enjoy the corporate life for a month.
3. Complete inside know how of how the legal department of a huge company works.
4. Healthy interaction with associates.
5. If in the final year, most probably will land a PPO if your work is appreciable.
6. Get to wear your best suits to feel like a professional!
1. Some clerical work is expected of you as in updating the Legal Advisor Data of the
company wherein you have to fill in the names of the parties, forum/court, date-by-date
sequencing, details of advocates, etc.
2. If the boss is not around, you may land up with no work at all except sipping four cups of
coffee an hour!
3. Excessive blocking of sites over the internet; most sites a law ‘student’ requires, are
restricted. So no mails and chatting.
4. Protocols to follow in a large corporate house as opposed to a law firm, however large it