2nd July 2018 to 29th July 2019 (4 weeks). Timings were 10-7.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
I directly went in to the cabin of Niharika Ma’am and had an introductory session with her. She gave me a tour of the entire office and introduced me to her associate, Ms. Ananttika Singh. It was a warm welcome and ma’am told me to always be around her associate and help her in every possible way.
The infrastructure includes separate cabin for ma’am and a hall for the associates and interns. The office is not huge but pretty and suffice because ma’am doesn’t take many interns. The principal office is at Noida where her father AOR Sudhir Walia sits. That office has a huge library and interns are required to go there on Saturdays. Also there is a permanently installed coffee/tea machine, providing as much coffee/tea as you want, to help you keep relaxed during work.
Main tasks included mostly the research work pertaining to Land disputes, Consumer Protection, Family matters, Criminal Law, etc. I also got an opportunity to draft a defamation application, perjury application and legal notices.
As an intern I always had work on my table as associate ma’am takes care of that and helps you out in the research work and makes you understand the case properly. One can directly approach Niharika Ma’am regarding any confusion or any query related to the work she has given. Ma’am keeps on asking about the progress of the research work and you have to report to ma’am after completion of the work.
Every intern is supposed to submit their research work through electronic means, i.e., via e-mail.
Apart from the research work, I also attended the hearings in High Court as well as in the Supreme Court, NCDRC, Saket Court everyday, where I got the opportunity to see Niharika Ma’am argue.
Ma’am insists on attending court proceedings rather than doing the research work from office as everyday in court is important for every lawyer.
Work environment and people
The work environment is perfectly fine for an intern who wants to work and learn. The atmosphere and the attitude of everyone at office is very positive as your work and presence is always acknowledged. Ananttika Ma’am (Associate) used to discuss every case with me which is lined up for hearing the next day.
Interns are treated as associates in the office and are constantly given work. The best part is that your work will always be supervised. You can directly get in touch with ma’am when required and the associate is always available to help you.
I regularly used to have a chat with ma’am while returning back from court as she used to accommodate me in her car. Interns are given enough work with responsibility so you should never seem lethargic and must take the work enthusiastically. Ma’am keeps on asking about your specific area of interest and what other tasks you wish to undertake while interning.
The best learning was drafting for which I was complimented and that helped me in gaining confidence and honing my drafting skills. The work environment and the attitude towards interns defines the internship in the best possible way.
No bad things as such.
There are many PGs in GK-I and Kailash colony at a distance of 3-4 kms from the office and that area is well connected with autos and cabs.
Showing that you are passionate about the work, will make a lasting impression that would help you in enjoying the internship and could benefit you in the future.
Internships can be a lot of fun, so relax, get to know the new people around you and enjoy yourself!
No stipend, lunch treats could be considered more than stipend as you enjoy that more.