Name, College, Year
Achala Siri Doddala, 4th year, Jindal Global Law School
Name of the Organization, Address
CV Law Chambers, headed by Adv. Vikram Pooserla
Address: 11-5-397/1, Red Hills, Lakdikapul, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004.
Duration of Internship
There is no set minimum period of internship. However, I would personally recommend that any interested person should intern for at least 3-4 weeks to get a wholesome litigation experience.
I have interned for a period of one month i.e. from December 26th, 2016 to January 26th, 2017.
One can directly send an email to Vikram sir at [email protected] with their internship application and their preferred dates of the internship.
First Day Formalities
On the first day, one will report to work early in the morning and the Associates will guide you through the way things work at the office.
On my first day, I had to report at the office by 8:30 AM. When I reached the office, the associates were preparing for the matters on hearing that day and had started leaving for Courts by 9 AM.
I also accompanied some Associates to the High Court and met Vikram Sir there. I got to observe all the proceedings that were attended and argued by Vikram Sir and was asked to make notes.
By evening, we reached back to the office and I had a brief interaction with Vikram Sir, post which he had given me a case file on which I was supposed to prepare a brief for the next day’s hearing.
The Office is located on the third floor of the building. It extends to the two flats, covering the entire floor. It is quite spacious, elegant and comfortable for everyone.
The interns share a common table which is large enough to accommodate more than 5 interns. It also consists of a reference library with books relating to various laws.
My internship experience at his chambers has been really significant and productive. I can, definitely, say that it is one of the best litigation internships I have done so far.
I was assigned varied kinds of work including extensive research and writing, making case notes, drafting etc covering Company law, Administrative law, Property law, Arbitration law, Contract law etc.
I also got to observe the proceedings at High Court, District Court, Consumer Forum, NCLT and arbitration proceedings.
Vikram sir’s office is the right place for interns or associates to learn a lot of things. Interns are allotted substantial work on a daily basis that is expected to be completed in a short span. It is not a place where an intern gets to sit idle and learn nothing at the end of their day. Thus, one will be surprised by the amount of work that they have completed and learned at the end of their internship. It is
also not quite often that the senior you are working under would take a personal interest in the work that you have done. But, Vikram sir will always personally review the work done by interns and suggest ways to improve or modify it for the better. One also gets to observe the proceedings of the case they have worked on.
One can also say that the work atmosphere in his office is really good. There is always teamwork between the associates, which cannot be seen in big law firms. The Associates are very friendly and approachable, and so is Vikram sir.
You can always approach the Associates for any doubts, even if trivial and they’ll always help you out without any hesitation. The Associates at the office are like a family and an intern soon becomes a part of them.
Another thing to note is that at the end of every week, on Saturday evening, there is a round table discussion where all the interns and Associates present the research work that they have done throughout that week.
This is really interesting and highly helpful for anyone as there is a lot of information that one gains from the discussions. Any intern working there should ensure that they take part in such discussions.
There are a lot of good things about the internship- the office atmosphere, the discussions with Vikram sir and other Associates, the level and kind of work that one learns, the teamwork etc.
There is no bad thing about the internship. The office timings can become a little hectic, but one wouldn’t mind that if one is happy with the work given to them.
There is no hard and fast rule for the stipend. It depends on the intern’s performance.
I am from Hyderabad. So, the accommodation was not a concern for me. However, one can easily find accommodation at a reasonable cost near the office. The office is well-connected to the rest of the city and easy to commute to, either by road or metro. It is also very near to the High Court and other lower courts and only a 15-20 min drive.
The internship gives one a great deal of exposure to litigation in Hyderabad. For anyone who is highly interested in litigation and is willing to work hard and learn many things, this is the right place for them. Vikram sir is highly generous and will always appreciate the intern if he/she has done well.
I would recommend that anyone interning under him, make it a point to interact with him as much as possible as that would give you great insights. I am really thankful to Vikram sir for all the great advice and insights that he has given me regarding my career.