Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Vinayak Pant. I am a recent pass out from the University School of Law and Legal Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi.
Name of Organisation, Location City, Team Strength
Chambers of Adv. Hemant Kumar. The office is on the Middle Circle of Connaught Place, New Delhi which is a stone’s throw away from Gate no. 8 of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. It’s on the first floor, hidden behind Wenger’s/Keventer’s (now known as Shake Square).
Hemant sir’s Law Office houses about 6 people including the Associates, a Clerk, a steady stream of kickass interns and a Dada in an office big enough to accommodate 12 people. While I was interning there were three other interns at the office.
Application Process with contact details
I came in contact with Hemant sir through many his past interns. Coming from USLLS, which also happens to be Hemant Sir’s alma mater, it is a coming of age ritual of sorts to intern with Hemant Sir because of the sheer depth of experience one gains from working with him.
The influx of internship applications is massive, especially during the internship season. It is suggested you to apply at least 3 months in advance.
You can apply by sending a mail to [email protected]
Duration of internship and timings
I interned for a month from the 1st March 2018 to 31st of March 2018.
The work hours are just like any other office where litigation is taken seriously. The day begins in court at 10 am and moves to the office after all the matters have been attended to. You can probably call it a day after 8 pm, I guess, but where’s the fun in that.
Personally, the month that I interned at Hemant Sir’s was the most hectic for me in terms of work hours, but I never realized that until long after I was done because of the sheer amount of fun I had working with Sir.
My first day at the internship wasn’t the most spectacular one. Having confirmed my internship a couple of month before, I turned up at the office without taking (or even asking for) any joining. As a result, I ended up spending the next four hours in a deserted office until people started trickling in after having attended to their Court matters.
Once back in the office, sir quizzed me and another intern on our legal knowledge. This is something Sir does on the first day of every intern to check their level of legal knowledge and their potential so that he has a clear idea with regard to the capabilities of every intern that comes through the door.
This initial interaction also sets a baseline for the final feedback that you will receive from Hemant sir on your last day. I absolutely tanked during my turn but that experience ended up being the starting point of a very steep learning curve that I achieved during my stint there.
The tasks are assigned to each intern according to their capabilities and these tend to level up with every task that is successfully completed. The work broadly consists of everything that you would find at any respectable litigation practice. This includes research, drafting, filing and other chamber work. The level and quality of work would depend, however, on how you perform in your previous task.
While in court, you will be given a number of chances by Sir to appear and speak before a judge even if it is just to ask for a passover. The purpose here is to just take away any shyness that a young intern might have before a judge.
The nature of work one is is give happens to be such that one feels constantly challenged and thus are constantly on their toes.
Work environment and people
The work environment here is possibly the best I have seen anywhere. The place feels like home from Day 1. Everyone here is extremely friendly and respectful. They welcome you with open arms and make you feel like a part of the family. Working and learning in such an environment ceases to be a task and just becomes a fun activity that you participate in with your loved ones.
There were days when we literally begged to stay back and work late hours because working with sir was that great an experience. All your questions and doubts are promptly answered by sir. If you find yourself struggling with procedure at any time Sir would take great pains to give you a masterclass on the CRPC himself.
It would not be be an overstatement for me to say that I learned more while working with Hemant Sir over a month than I learnt in my long stint in law school.
Also, a massive shoutout to Anil Raikwar, Hemant Sir’s Clerk, who taught me quite a few invaluable lessons despite being only an year older than I am and Dada, the office caretaker without whose care the chamber would crumble by itself.
This internship offers a great deal of learning and exposure. The amount of trust Sir place in you while offering certain tasks is unparalleled anywhere. The atmosphere is so friendly that the chamber ends up becoming like your family.
The timings can be of issue to some interns. But, you will never feel it to be a burden until the day you’re turned out of your home by your own family for constantly turning up late at night.
Depends on your performance at work.
I was staying in the University Hostel at the time but the office is well connected to most of the famous PG areas because of the metro.