Internship Experience at District Legal Services Authority, Chennai: Great Mentor & Valuable Learnings


Name of the intern

Sowjanya S

Name of your college

National Law University, Jodhpur

Name of the course and year of study

One year LLM

Name and address of the organisation

Name – District Legal Services Authority, Chennai.

Address – A.D.R Buildings, North Fort Road, Madras High Court Campus.

Duration of internship

From: 28/11/2017 Till: 21/12/2021

How did you apply for the internship?

I directly went to the district legal services authority office and requested for an internship.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

There were no great formalities.

The infrastructure of the office was like a normal government office.

Main Tasks

The main tasks included:

Attending Lok adalats, mediation sessions, court proceedings, client counselling, legal aid camps, awareness camps, preparation of reports, etc.

Work Environment

The work environment was good, as I had a couple of other good co-interns and a supportive mentor.

Good Things

The good things were, I was given a rare opportunity to visit the central prison at Puzhal, Sub-jail at Saidapet.

I was also given the opportunity to attend Lok adalat sessions, which were very knowledgeable.

Bad Things

No work was given on some days and we had to sit idle.


No stipend

Details about accommodation and commute

I am from Chennai, so the need for accommodation did not arise.

For people from other cities, there are plenty of hostels and PG’s available at Chennai.

The office is well connected, through bus, electric trains and metro services. 

Anything else?

The greatest opportunity was visiting the central prison at Puzhal, Chennai.

I don’t think any other internship would provide an opportunity to visit the prison.


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