Shivam Jangra, University School of Law and Legal Studies, G.G.S.I.P.U. , Dwarka, New Delhi.
Name of Organization
Chambers of Hemant Kumar, A-7, Middle Cir, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
The best way to reach the office is via metro. After getting off at exit gate No. 7 of Rajiv Chowk metro station, its walk able distance from there.
Sir’s office consists two associates, one clerk, and one helper.
9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Send an e-mail containing your CV and your preferred dates for internship to [email protected].
This email ID is managed by an associate at the office. Sir’s office receives a number of applications every semester, therefore it is better to apply a few months before your intended internship period.
Duration of Internship
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
All interns were required to report at 9:30 a.m at the courts. After attending all the hearings in a day, we then head for the office approximately at 4:00 pm. Sir represents all his clients with through quality counsel and advocacy with hardcore dedication. The office is quite big enough to accommodate multiple clients, the team of eight to nine interns, two associates and Sir’s cabin all at the same time.
On the first day, we were required to report at the office at 10:00 a.m. Sir arrived at around 10:30 a.m. and asked each intern to introduce herself/himself individually. Sir then went on to explain a bit about what the internship would be like, and what our daily routine would be. His pleasing personality instantly put all the interns at ease, and after a short conversation with him, it really didn’t seem like he was meeting us all for the first time.
Daily Routine and Tasks
- Morning routine
We were required to report at 9:30 a.m. sharp at the court (he really appreciates punctuality so try and reach on time).All the work is divided between the staff of the office. Sir would usually be busy with his day’s work in the morning. All interns were then required to attend proceedings.
- Court Proceedings
Unlike other advocates who expect their interns to sit in one courtroom for a couple of hours, Sir expected us, to run around from one courtroom to another along with him so that we could carefully observe all the facets of the litigation lawyer including client counselling .
Since Sir is a criminal lawyer, we were usually sent to one of the ASJ’S Courts, or High Court. Sir also used to get a matrimonial cases, therefore we got a couple of opportunities to visit the family court as well. Sir also used to get outstation matters.
- Classes on Criminal Procedure (Best Part!)
After all the court proceedings, all the interns were supposed to return to the office. He would encourage us to ask doubts relating to anything that we may have observed in court that day.Thereafter, he would take a class on one particular topic relating to criminal procedure. This was undoubtedly the best part about the internship.
Sir explained every concept in the simplest possible manner, along with practical issues that one could face, real-life examples from cases that he has dealt with, etc. in order to enrich our understanding of the subject. He covered one or two topics every day, and was able to teach us most of the important parts of CrPC, DV Act, Evidence Act.
Sir would usually conclude the class with a motivational message for all the interns. He knew a lot of inspirational stories and he would share one or two of such stories every day to motivate all his interns.
- Drafting and Research related works
After having the motivational class, Sir used to allot work to all of us. So that every intern will learn new thing everyday. Mostly drafting and research related work was given. Drafting includes the bail application, suits, written statements, rejoinder, quashing application and etc.
He also explained the components of a charge-sheet, and how to read it like a defence lawyer. In the first week, he told us about other documents that we may come across in the file, and their relevance. Sir also encouraged us to discuss the cases that we had read, with him to check our understanding of the same.
All interns could leave the office after completing their designated work.
- Alternate afternoon routine
On some days, Sir’s matters would be listed for cross-examination at 2:00 pm. We were expected to attend this process in court. Sir would later discuss with us the questions that were put to the witnesses and their relevance in arriving at the final outcome.
Work environment and people
Sir’s constant motivational stories and messages for the interns ensured that there was always a positive work environment in the office. He paid individual attention to each and every intern. He would praise each one of us for our strengths, and also point out our weaknesses and guide us on how to overcome the same.
Unlike other internships, where interns are required to ‘work for their employers’, Sir wanted us to work on ourselves’ and expand our understanding of law (and life). These qualities really set apart this internship from all the others that I have done, or heard of.