Internship Experience at Advocate Hiral Panwala, Surat: Variety of Laws, Research and Drafting Work, Court Visits

Name, College, year of study of the student intern

Parth Thummar, 1st-year LL.B. (Hons.) in IPR student at Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Name of the organisation where you interned and its full address

Advocate Hiral Panwala, Surat (District and Sessions Court, Surat and Family Court, Surat)

Duration of internship

4th December 2019 to 3rd January 2020

How did you apply?

I got an email address of Madam from internet and applied with my resume.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

I was asked to stay present in the 10th floor of District and Session Court, where her father Kirit Panwala has been allotted chamber. There I met madam’s junior (I couldn’t meet Hiral Madam as she was in family court arguing some important matters) and was asked to assist her in various courts.

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This was the first time I had entered in any court complex, so I was excited to see all the things at the same time was frightened also. While madam’s junior was dictating me over the phone to go in a particular courtroom and find the case from a computer placed besides judge’s clerk, I mistakenly entered into the courtroom while talking over phone, and immediately my phone was seized by Judge’s clerk on judge’s direction.

Then madam’s junior came and requested the judge that I am a first-day intern, so unknowingly I had entered while taking over the phone. I was given a phone after apologies. I went to their office which is nearby and met all the juniors. Madam has 3 more juniors who solely assist her in family court.

Main tasks

My main task was to visit various courts wherever they had a matter and assist juniors in court proceedings. Almost half of the matters were in District Court and other in family court. I used to observe the nitty-gritty of trial. I hadn’t studied any procedural law, so I used to ask madam or her juniors about procedural aspects, which they used to explain to me.

All the proceedings in the District and Sessions Court and Family Court used to happen in Gujarati. As I had done my schooling in Gujarati medium itself, I didn’t face any problem. Sometimes based on the scenario I used to be given the task of finding relevant provisions from statute or case laws. I also witnessed three mediation cases. I attended one seminar where Hiral madam was asked to deliver a talk on Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, for which I had assisted madam in preparing the speech.

Good things

All the people in madam’s chamber were very jovial and were very keen to teach. As this was my first internship, I used to ask them so many questions, which they politely used to explain. Sometimes I used to have a discussion with madam on various topics of law, mostly family law and constitution. To observe madam, when she used to cross-examine the witness or when she used to argue on law point was full of the learning experience.

Bad things

No bad things.


No stipend

Accommodation, commuting to the office

As Surat is my hometown, I stayed at my home only. I used to commute by bike.

Anything else, what you did to chill out, lessons learnt etc

There is no short-cut to success and this is even more true for one who wishes to be a litigating lawyer. Every case in the chamber was handled very diligently and hard work, that taught me that in litigation, you can outwit smart lawyer with your handwork.

As smartness has an alternative in the form of hard work, but hard work doesn’t have any alternative.


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Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.

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