Name. College. Year of Study
Rishabh, USLLS, GGSIPU, 1st Year
Name of the organization. City
Chambers of Advocate Hemant Kumar. Middle circle, CP, New Delhi.
Application Process with contact details
I got to know about sir from my seniors and they highly recommended working with him. It is advised to send your applications along with the CV, at least 3 months in advance. One can send his/her application to [email protected]
Duration of the internship and timings
4 weeks. 1st July 2018- 31st July 2018. Timings weren’t fixed per se. The day usually started at some court where the matters were listed, everyone was supposed to go to a court depending the area of their residence.
Even though I have visited every district court as well the High Court, I mostly went to the Dwarka district court since it was closer to my house. After we were done with all the listed matters, we then went to the office and had to the work that was assigned. Everyone was supposed to work till 7:30, post that everyone was free to leave if they wanted to.
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office is big enough to accommodate 10-12 people. I had 7 co-interns. Even though sir and his associates sit separate from the interns, communicating with them was never difficult. Both, the associates and Hemant sir, were approachable.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
First day at sir’s office was good. I met with sir’s associate, who assigned me my first task. Sir came to the office later in the evening, all the interns introduced themselves to sir, and sir was cordial. All the interns were asked about their previous internships and after that we were briefed about court proceedings and other important intricacies of it.
Main tasks as an intern included accompanying sir to various courts, researching on various topics, drafting and filing applications, other miscellaneous tasks. In the courts we mostly observed the pleadings and watched sir argue before the judges. Sir had researched arguments and took all the questions, thrown at him by the judges, head on.
He only has 7-8 years of experience as a litigator and yet he is miles ahead of his counterparts who have been in this field for a longer period of time. The interns were not only restricted to research and drafting but some of us also dealt with the clients, which I don’t think is possible at a lot of firms.
Work environment and people
The work environment was pretty chilled out. Communicating with Sir is very easy and one can go up to him with their legal doubts at anytime, he brings one, logically, to their answer. The associates were also very helpful and my co-interns were also fun to be around, which made my internship experience even more enriching. Overall experience helped me broaden my horizons.
The quality of work that an intern gets is pretty good and the nature of associates and Hemant sir provides a very conducive environment for the interns to work in.
The timings can be stringent at times but then almost every litigation internship involves longer working hours.
I am from Delhi so accommodation was not a problem, but the office is at walking distance from the metro station and a lot of PGs are situated near to metro stations so commuting is very easy.
During the course of our internship, we learnt that district courts are indeed the best places to learn about law and how things really work. Even when work got hectic at times, it was worth it because of the sheer quantity of things we learnt.