Jenisha Shah, Government Law College, Mumbai, 4th year, BLS LLB
Name of the organization. City
Chambers of Satish L Manshinde, Mumbai
Duration of the internship
How big was the office? Team strength?
Loacated in Mumbais worli area, the office of Advocate Satish Manshinde at Ceejay House, faces the sea and is one of the most posh offices in town.
The team consists of Adv. Satish Manshinde and 5-6 junior advocates and 8 interns at the time while I was interning.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I secured an internship at the offices of Mr. Satish Manshinde through the college placement committee.
However, one can apply individually by sending an email and following up with a few phone calls.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
Monday to Friday. Interns usually would report to the court at 11am and are free by 5pm
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I live in Mumbai, so accommodation wasn’t a problem for me. However, for students from outside Mumbai, finding a PG in the city isn’t a tough task.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
On the first day of the internship, we were asked to report to office at 3 pm for an orientation. The plush grand office will be one of the best law offices, you will ever see. After waiting for about two hours, a junior briefed us about the ‘dos’ and ‘donts’ of the internship.
We were told that during the course of the internship, we would be required to report to the court, in which the matter for the day would be scheduled, after which, we would have to report to the office and read up on the matters scheduled to take place on future dates.
However, very few of the duties communicated to us, actually materialized during the internship as sir does not appreciate interns having access to the briefs, reading of which, by the way, was our last resort in order to find something constructive to do at the internship.
What followed second day onwards involved the interns reaching the court as scheduled, and attending the court room proceedings. Post which, at times, two of the interns were asked to get true copies of the order passed previously, and bring it to office.
The rest of the interns were usually free for the day after 4-5pm. At the end of the first week, the interns were asked not to come to office at all and to leave for the day after a particular matter was over.
Therefore, the main tasks at the internship involved reaching the court for a particular matter, and leave after it was done.
The interns were not allowed any access to the briefs of the cases and therefore had no idea as to the facts or the contentions of the case when it came up for hearing.
Work environment, people
There is very limited interaction between the interns and the advocates and I was unable to meet Sir throughout my internship due to his extremely busy schedule.
The location of the office and the office itself is very beautiful. If anything, this internship would help you comprehend a little of the courtroom proceedings and formalities.
If lucky, you might get to witness Sir argue a case, most of which are quite high-profile.
Overall, there isn’t much to gain out of the internship. Moreover, reaching office, is a task in itself as a cab to the nearest station would cost you Rs.30-35, the bus frequencies aren’t too good and opting for a bus to commute daily is extremely inconvenient considering the traffic in Mumbai at peak hours.
Also, since you are not compensated for the expenses you incur on travelling, you will end up spending Rs.120 or more in a cab, on days when you are required to reach office after court.
Also, the ratio of the interns to the work was disproportionate, the interns being in excess.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
One thing that I really did enjoy during the internship was the company of my co-interns.
A few of them had come from law schools outside Bombay and together, we would usually go for a stroll at Worli Sea face, after office or order Chinese food from a nearby restaurant.
Anything else you’d like to tell
This may not be an ideal internship you may have in mind whilst interning with a top criminal lawyer.
However, if you are looking forward to an addition to your list of internships on your CV without having to work much for it, then your search is finally over!