Kevin Jayaraj, 3rd year BBA.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. My mail was replied by Vanya Chhabra in a week about the approval, location and contact numbers
First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression
I had contacted Mr. Chhabra sir the day before my first day and had asked him where to report to. He instructed us to report to the court directly from where we would be going to the office in the evening. The office is well furnished with a well-stocked library.
My first impression was positive and as I arrived at the specified court in the morning and met up with sir. He quickly briefed me about the facts of the case and the relief sought and allowed me to stand by his side as he argued the case in full vigor.
Internship duties include going to court every day and preparing a summary for the arguments and going through the case files of the next day.
Assisting Mr. Chhabra Sir in drafting applications, complaints and other case-related documentation and performing routine filing duties. You will also be given research work for assisting sir in preparing specific arguments for the cases listed on the next day.
Mr. Chhabra Sir encourages you to stand by his side as he’s presenting his submissions/arguments in court before the judge. He ensures that no authority in court stops you from learning while operating within the boundaries of law.
This provides you with a first hand experience at court and removes any nervousness or awkwardness you might have in standing before a judge. This also gives a front seat view at how one should present arguments in court and helps you pick up a few neat tricks as to how one should be an efficient advocate for his client.
Mr. Chhabra Sir is very open to conversation and indulges into whatever doubts or questions you might have with regards to the profession. He also ensures that you learn or gain something from each day you spend at the internship.
At times when sir is having multiple cases at the same court or at different courts, you will be given the duty to ask for pass overs or adjournments for the case due thus giving you an opportunity to get over your nerves regarding the functioning of the court.
Chhabra Sir is busy and constantly engaged in some work or the other, and thereby you might not always be given work without asking for it. As a student of law, you are expected to ask for work and keep yourself engaged in the evenings at the office. Sir appreciates those who have a fire in their belly to learn and gives them constant work, this can mean that sometimes you’d have to stay till late at night in the office. The amount of things you learn by doing this far exceeds the cost of staying late.
Having said that, nothing is ever forced on you. If you are unable to work in the evenings due to genuine reasons or are just lacklustre in your approach and lazy to work, you can always leave early.
I stayed at my house. There are a lot of PGs nearby for interns needing accommodation.
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