K.S.Aravind, 3rd year BA.LLB student, Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad
About the Organisation
Chamber of Advocate Rajender Chhabra, G- 1 Hari Mandir, Opp. B-173 New Moti Nagar, New Delhi- 110015. Near Milan Cinema road. Sir is a High Court and District Court lawyer and mainly takes up criminal matters.
Duration of Internship
15 November – 12 December 2019
How did you apply?
I found the internship through Lawctopus and send a mail to legalinternshipdelhi[at]gmail.com with duration. Approval mail was sent by Vanya Chhabra in a week giving location and contact numbers.
First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression
I contacted sir one day before my internship started. He provided me with court name and court number and asked me to report there. On the day of the internship, he briefed me regarding the case and allowed me to stand by his side while he presented the case.
It was a positive first-day experience as I was able to see the proceedings from the very beginning thus giving me a taste as to how things operate at the grass-root level and also sir explained the procedure followed thoroughly.
The office is impressive with an amazing stock of law books and case files to read through.
The main task in the morning involves visiting the courts with Chhabra sir, seeking adjournment or Passover when sir is not available and filing documents in court.
In the evening the interns have to Research for judgments and assist sir in drafting complaints, arguments and other documents.
The positive aspect of this internship is one get to know the basics of how the litigation field works. You learn a lot as you are allowed to stand by side of Sir when he is presenting the case and also as you go for seeking adjournment or Passover. This helped me learn about court formalities and through and through.
Sir explains how relief is achieved in each case as well as gives advice from his experience to the interns which is very much needed in this profession, this along with watching sir go about the case helps you pick up a lot of skills as well. Interns occasionally get a chance to interact with the clients also.
Another positive aspect is that, other than assisting sir during drafting, he also gives the opportunity to the intern to draft on their own by providing them with basic guideline and the necessary files. This helps one to develop skills and confidence.
If you are enthusiastic in your approach, you will learn a lot from Rajender Chhabra sir. Sir does not deny you from taking a day off occasionally.
I stayed with my co-intern at his house. There are a lot of PGs nearby for interns needing accommodation.
If you can stay till 9 pm, you will have more opportunities to draft, experience client meetings and prepare for the cases due for next date.
I am an army girl! In a barbie world! Keeper of 5 dogs. On a diet for now. Sometimes I might make punctuation mistakes, but I make up for it by bringing in a crore or two extra. What's more important, a misplaced comma, or a well-placed crore?