Internship Experience at Advocate Vikas Pahwa, Delhi: Research and Drafting Work Related to White Collar Crimes

Full name of the Advocate, City and State

Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa, R-62, GK-1, New Delhi-110048

About the Advocate

The Senior Advocate deals with Criminal Litigation at High Courts and the Supreme Court.

Office Timing

Monday – Friday (10 am – 6 pm)

The timing is quite relaxed and you’re expected to report to the court at 10 am and then come to the office. You can leave when the work is done. If you show dedication and have work, you may come on Saturdays and stay late as well.

Student Name, College and Year of Study

Subha Chugh, Amity Law School Delhi (Affiliated to IP University), 3rd Year

Duration

01st July 2019 to 31st July 2019

Application Process

Send your internship application along with your CV at vikaspahwaadv[at]gmail.com. Mr. Pahwa personally goes through the resumes and if he thinks a candidate is fit for the internship, they are asked to join.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

I was told to come to the office at 9 am, and I reported sharp on time, to find two other new interns waiting. We found out later that Vikas sir was at Dwarka for some matter and if his schedule allows him to, he’d be meeting with us.

We waited and were joined by more interns. In the afternoon an associate arrived, who divided us into pairs and gave us some research work. We were free to leave anytime.

The office comprises of a waiting room in the back of the parking stilt; an office with cubicles(where the associates sat), conference room, kitchen, etc in the basement; Vikas Sir’s private office, conference and waiting room on the ground floor.

Main Tasks

The key point here is that the office has a very relaxed atmosphere with no compulsion on work. You’re only given work if you ask for it or show initiative.

Associates are very quick to gauge which intern is interested and competent and are very friendly and helpful. They’d often ask us to accompany them in client meetings where we’d sit and observe. The work here mostly focuses on white coloured crimes and very high profile and highly confidential cases are dealt with.

If you show the initiative, the associates give you tasks including drafting rejoinders, etc. Research work is fairly common and so is file marking and typing. As mentioned above, the associates are extremely supportive and helpful, willing to correct our mistakes numerous times over and act as very good mentors.

Vikas sir personally doesn’t have the time to interact with us on a daily basis but he too is very encouraging. If you intern during the summer, your main company would be your co-interns who can get on your nerve, but focus on learning and you’ll fair extremely well in the office. The clerks too, are very helpful.

Good Things

Before this internship, I’d started doubting my decision to pursue law, but this internship made me fall in love with the field all over again. I found that hard work never goes unrecognised and Mr. Pahwa’s office is definitely a huge platform to learn criminal litigation

Bad Things

Nothing bad

Stipend

No stipend

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