Internship Experience at District Legal Services Authority, Bangalore: Visits to Courts, Villages, Legal Aid Clinics, Police Station, Old Age Home

Name of the Student, College and Year of Study

Mohammed Farhan C, St. Joseph’s College of Law, 1st Year of Integrated 5 year B.Com LLB course

Name of the organisation where you interned and its full address

District Legal Services Authority (Bengaluru Urban), Ground Floor, City Civil Court Complex, Bengaluru – 560009

E-mail Address: [email protected]

Phone number: 080-22215143

Duration of internship

08.07.2019 – 03.08.2019 (4 weeks)

How did you apply?

I wrote a mail to karslsa[at]gmail.com applying for an internship at the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority. After about a month I receive a mail. The mail consisted of a circular from KSLSA which directed me to approach the DLSA office to do my internship there.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

On the first day, all the interns were taken to the Member Secretary’s office and were given a schedule. The schedule consisted of all tasks to be done in order to obtain an internship certificate. The Bonafide Letter from the respective college was collected from the interns.

Main Tasks

  1. Visit the District Courts (including Magistrate, Sessions, Civil Courts, Industrial Tribunals, Labour Court and Family Court), legal aid clinics, child care centers’, old age home, police station and record observations.
  2. Visit two villages and conducted a village study for two days.

Good Things

You get an in-depth idea about the various courts existing at District level. It provides good exposure for a first-year law student.

Bad Things

The visit to the Central Jail in Parappana Agrahara was not a delightful experience. We reached the place at 9:30 am and were asked to wait till 11 cause that is when the Superintendent would come. The wait was long and never-ending. With a lot of persuasion and talks, we finally ended up going inside at 12:30 pm after the Superintendent approved our visit.

Stipend

No stipend.

Accommodation, commuting to the office

As I reside in Bangalore, I used to live in my house. But you can find a number of PG’s in different parts of Bangalore at a cheap price as Bangalore has been regarded as one of the cheapest cities in our country.

I didn’t have to go to the office every day but had to visit different Courts and other places around Bangalore. I used my two-wheeler for the purpose. You can easily find rentable scooter from apps like vogo and bounce at an affordable price.

Anything else, what you did to chill out, lessons learnt etc

I got an opportunity to visit two districts in Mysore (Annur and Savve). We had to visit the Primary School, High School and Anganwadi centers’ over there. I got an opportunity to go away from home for two days and it was kind of like a trip, going to a new place and exploring. This acted as a stress buster amidst a hectic internship routine.

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