Internship Experience at Aquilaw, Kolkata: IPR, IBC, Arbitration Research & Drafting Work, Court Visits

Full name of the Organistaion, City and State

Aquilaw, Old Post Church Street, Kolkata, West Bengal

About the Organisation

Aquilaw is situated in the Old Post Church Street, near Calcutta High Court. Khaitan & Co, Kolkata associate partner Sucharita Basu and principal associates Sanjay Basu and Anshumala Bansal left the firm on 19 September, to start up Aquilaw.

Student Name, College and Year of Study

Sukriti Agrawal, Chanakya National Law University, Patna, 4th year


20th May 2019 to 20th June 2019

Application Process

I applied there in two months prior to the internship date in the month of October at payel.mukherjee[at] for the month of December. They will mail you regarding the confirmation of internship if your CV is selected and it will be followed by a telephonic interview.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

On the first day, I was introduced to my co-interns and the HR. There is one separate room where interns work and I was taken to that room where other interns were sitting. I was asked to fill a form where certain details are required for the attendance purpose.

I waited for 2-3 hours and then I got the call from an associate where she gave me the research on IBC. There is no personal department or area and all the interns are given exposure in all the areas.

The first day was good but the people in the firm are very particular about the activities of the intern and you have to be very disciplined when you are in the office. Also, they are very particular about the timings.

Main Tasks

Extensive research work, briefing seniors and drafting documents were the main tasks. Also, exposure to Calcutta High Court and NCLT is there.

Good Things

Calcutta High Court is nearby where you can get good food in the canteen. Also, if you are a chai lover, then Calcutta is the best place for kulhar chai.

You will get varities of food downstairs near the apartment at a very reasonable price. Office is also luxurious and there is much to learn from the ground level itself as the assosiates are very frank.

Bad Things

They are very particular about the timings. Also, you have to wear formals all day even when it is not a court-day which can be sometimes uncomfortable during summers.


Rs. 2000/- for a month

Accommodation Commute

I resided near Girish Park which is 15-20 mins from the office. You can book a share cab or can take metro from Esplanade.

Other Info

At the end of the internship, the interns have to select a topic and on the last day they have to present it before the assosiates through a ppt which is very good.

Also, Punctuality is the best policy and it is very important to make contacts when you are in such a struggling field.

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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