Student Name, College and Year of Study
Aditi Desai, ILS Law College, Pune
15th May 2018 to 30th June 2018
You can apply by sending your CV and a brief cover letter to officedblegal[at]gmail.com.
First Day Formalities Initial Impressions
I interned in the firm at the end of my 2nd year. I was initially called for a small interview with the partners. It was just a formality, but it gave me an idea as to how things are going to work in the office.
They also provided me with a formal joining letter at the end of the interview. On my first day itself, I was given some major tasks.
Everything had to be reported to the partners through the intercom. My first day was considered good, so much so that I was excited to come the next day.
The firm takes up all kinds of matters. While ma’am handles all sorts of criminal matters, sir is more inclined towards taking up corporate and civil matters. Therefore, I was given work from both fields. Both the partners made sure that before and while doing the task at hand, I understood what I was doing. There used to be constant research and drafting work.
I used to be given the task of preparing the draft of a will or checking the draft of an MoU, etc. and the same used to be cross-checked by the partners. There were many court visits, High court as well as other courts, so the procedural aspect was also made quite clear.
Apart from this, both the partners used to take me for client meetings where I was required to take notes of the case and update them later. This gave me a first-hand experience of how law firms actually work. The firm is now taking up big cases of Arbitration as well.
There are too many good things. For starters, the location is superb! It is right in front of the cafe Mondegar in Colaba.
Apart from this, you can get to learn so much here primarily because the partners are totally approachable. Any sorts of doubts can be cleared from them. In fact, I am still in touch with them and Intend to keep the touch alive in future as well.
Varsha ma’am believes in teaching the interns every aspect of the case that she undertakes. I also got the opportunity of visiting the police station and filing an FIR for a client.
At the end of my internship, I felt like I’ve actually learnt so much, not only the procedural and substantive aspects of law but with respect to the exposure needed to be a good lawyer as well. The firm also has a rich library, so in your free time, you can indulge in reading as well.
Well, because it is relatively new and a small firm, so it lacks basic publicity. You may sometimes get free time. For some, this can be a bad thing, but, free time can also be utilised in some other ways. So, it is totally up to you.
The location of the firm is in Colaba, which is a very expensive area. In fact, the entire South Bombay is very expensive. So, accommodation, for those who don’t have any relatives can be a little problem.
Based on your dedication and performance, they do offer some stipend and other perks. (I also got a big box of Ferrero rocher)
I stayed in the army hostel for girls which is very nearby. There are direct buses from Afghan church.
You can keep ordering stuff from swiggy. Make good relations with the associates as building contacts always matter.