Internship Experience at Bargale and Associates, Pune: District Court Work

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Name of the Student, College, Year of Study

Anupriya Upadhyay, 3rd year BA LLB student at Ajeenkya DY Patil University, Pune

Name and Full Address of the Organization

Bargale and Associates is a firm run by Mr. Ashish Bargale, special public prosecutor for CBI, Bhopal (MP). The firm also handles cases relating to various disciplines in Madhya Pradesh High court, Jabalpur and Bhopal District and Sessions Court.

Duration of Internship

March 01 2021- March 31, 2021

Internship Experience, Main Tasks, Lessons Learnt

Internship Experience at Bhopal District & Sessions Court: 

BOOM OR BONANZA?

Background

Since the pandemic has stricken the globe, the system of education enhancement has changed drastically, and so did the internship programmes.  As a third-year BA LLB student, I got an opportunity to intern at a firm, under a renowned CBI Prosecutor at the Bhopal District and Sessions Court for the period of 30 days, from 1st March 2021 to 31st March 2021.

I applied for the internship by mailing the firm my CV, which was followed by an interview. There was no information about the stipend but I was excited to see the work environment of District Courts and stipend was not my priority. To know what I got as a surprise at the end of the term, keep reading!

Overall Experience

This was my first internship at a District Court, after interning at Bombay High Court in February 2020 this experience was totally discrete. As a law student I planned to explore different areas of law for the first two years where I decided to analyze the working of legal mechanism from the grass-root level and district courts were perfect for this.

I was instructed to report to the office 2 hours before departing for the court where daily agenda was discussed. Various tasks were assigned to me such as drafting legal notice against the client in insurance dispute, assistance in cases relating to Family Law, assistance in office and court work, research on various topics on several legal mechanisms, evidence filing etc.

I maintained a diary where I noted down my daily tasks and there reference material (this helped me during a virtual internship at CNLU Research Center afterwards). 

Apart from legal stuff, district courts allows the intern to learn plethora of social skills & personal skills which a freshman googles while preparing a CV. We were a team of 3 interns, I was the youngest among us and I got two amazing seniors as a bonus through the internship.

Challenges & Advice

I did the internship when second wave almost bashed therefore strict rules & guidelines were followed in the court premises. The major challenge I faced was, to speak with double volume at courtroom hearings because of wearing double masks. One piece of advice I would give to the readers is to maintain professional boundaries and decency throughout the tenure with everyone, try not to discuss your personal issues or secrets.

Be open for legal discussions and don’t hesitate to ask any doubts though. Also, courts are open to everyone and people from everywhere come and go, which may include a bunch of shady people sometimes. Don’t ignore your sixth sense and inform your seniors or concerned authority immediately if needed. 

Takeaway & Conclusion

I made sure to reach at the office before 10 mins, it helped me maintain a smooth pace for the whole day. Needless to mention, I wore formal, ironed, black & white attire. I carried a handful of dry fruits in my pocket because the interval of case hearings was uncertain sometimes.

The internship introduced me to importance of stability, twenties are the years of one’s life where the mind wanders the most. I made sure to be a keen observer, from the parking area to the bench of Judges, I tried to observe every minute detail. Still, looking for the surprise?

On the last day of my internship I received a stipend of ₹5000! Along with this I got an advice, “Rudeness is not the base of this profession, offering respect shows one’s strength”.

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