Internship Experience at Delhi State Legal Service Authority: Visits to Courts, Police Stations and Jails

Full name of the Organisation, City and State

Delhi State Legal Service Authority, New Delhi

About the Organisation

Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA), New Delhi is located at 1st floor at Patiala House Court Complex. The office location can be found online.

Student Name, College and Year of Study

Anonymous

Duration

01st June 2016 to 21st July 2016

Application Process

DSLSA conducts an internship programme twice a year that is in winters and summers. There is no limit for applying for the internship programme.

Online application procedure: DSLSA welcomes online application form two months prior to the internship programme. It all requires is a scanned photo, a reference certificate from the concerned college.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

The first day started with a little conference in which authorities interacted with the students and explain the exact purpose of the internship programme. Thereafter, all students were asked to give their introduction.

After the introduction session, students were divided into a team of 20-25 students on the basis of college as it appears to me and was alloted a guide who was basically a lawyer working under them. A team code was also provided.

We interacted with some of the guides and they all were cool minded. After that, we were given the proper schedule of 21 days and our guides were instructed to make a WhatsApp group of the team and interact with the interns on a daily basis. The first day ended with a relaxing tea break.

Main Tasks

The 21 days schedule seemed to be hectic as the locations were altogether different but all ended up with great experience in exploring every corner of Delhi and clarity with new legal concepts. This internship programme includes visits to Tihar jail, women cell, forum established under POSCO act, police station, courts including high court and supreme court, mental asylum etc.

The visits to such places were not the regular visits rather we came to know the harsh realities of life and sometimes our day ends with disappointments. We were asked to make a report of daily visits and submit to our guide. Also, every team had to work on the topic alloted on the first day and make a PPT and pamphlet which we had to present on the last day by one of our team members.

These topics were based on the current scenario or laws. Every day the guide tells us the time and location as a reminder for the next day. We were left free after 2 p.m and were asked to do our PPT work.

Good Things

It was a great experience working there as the best thing happens to me was that initially, I used to hate Delhi but after that my personal experience was quite different. We get to know the city very well as we have to reach on our own.
secondly, I got to learn new legal concepts which helped me later on in my studies.

Thirdly, we got to interact with judges, arbitrators, mediators, police authorities which I felt to be very helpful. Even I am still in contact with some of them.

Bad Things

The bad thing is finding the locations as we had to reach our place sometimes it hard for a new and alone person to find out the way to reach. Also, some locations were very far away.

Stipend

No stipend

Accommodation Commute

I and my friend both were living at my relatives home. So. We faced no problem regarding accommodation. But one can manage to get Pg’s and flats from 10 thousand and above per month with food.

Other Info

Since our team includes students from the same college or combination of 2 or 3 colleges so after our visiting hours we used to chill out and visits places located in that particular area.

For me, this came out to be a great experience in knowing New Delhi. Now, I can easily travel to Delhi with no issue.

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