But on days when I did have work, I would be at office till 5ish.
I worked Monday through Saturday.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
My first impression of the place was that it’s small, especially since you hear a lot about these swanky chambers some lawyers.
But the environment was really nice and everyone was super approachable. They also made sure you’re extremely comfortable and stuff.
There were no formalities as such, sir just asked me a few questions here and there about what my aspirations are etc.
As a first year student, main task was to help the lawyer in his research work from the outside, attending all the hearings and making a note as you stand right beside him in the court room.
I also got a lot of research work with him. He made sure I was extremely well versed with the acts and statutes, and then taught me how to apply their various provisions correctly.
He had a lot of commentaries I could look into for clarity. He also made sure that all the matters he gave me were diverse in nature, just so that I got more exposure.
I used to help his junior draft, so at the end of my internship, I was allowed to draft a divorce petition, which was heavily edited, of course. But it was a learning experience nevertheless. Since the courts were functioning that time, I used to get to go to court pretty often, so that was fun.
Work environment and people
Work environment in the Muzaffarnagar district court is very casual and all the senior advocates are easily approachable. You feel comfortable on the very first day.
Work allotted to you is in accordance with the subjects that you have studied in the college. There is nothing like work restriction. One can ask any work related problem from his advocate or any of his juniors
Really helpful, super nice people. Very approachable..
You have a lot to learn. It makes you aware about the fact that how things work on a very basic level.
Many people live in a dream world where they just argue in English like people do in movies. Its nothing like that. One must work day and night to earn the bread and butter.
District court makes you a tough lawyer and lets you know about how and in which direction you have to grow as a lawyer.
The only bad thing is the language problem. There is almost no usage of English in the whole court.
From lowest of the official to the highest judge everything is done in Hindi. Arguments to written documents. Understanding terminology in Hindi is a bit tricky for interns
READ READ READ READ. To be a lawyer, everybody with a degree can be. But to be a good lawyer, you need to have inch to inch update of what is happening around you. Not just domestically or about things related to your cases. Keep yourself updated globally.
Work Hard. Do not dream about being another Mr. Ramjethmalani. Things in litigation do not work as they seem in the movies. It takes a lot to make your name in a place where you are surrounded by thousands of other lawyers.
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