Internship Experience @ Fox Mandal, Kolkata: Case Law Research Work, Making Case Briefs

Name, College and Year

Moulinath Moitra, Amity Law School, Kolkata, Year of Study: 1st year

Name of the Organization

Fox Mandal, Solicitors and Advocates

Location: 6 Church Lane, Kolkata -700 001, West Bengal, India.

About the Organization

Fox Mandal is the oldest law firm in India and was founded by Mr. J.K Fox and Mr. G.C Mandal. It is one of the most reputed firms in India having offices in various cities throughout the country.

Duration of Internship

4 weeks, 17th June 2019 to 16th July 2019.

Office Timings

Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Team Strength

The Church Lane Office is comprised of a legal team of approximately 10 employees and 6 interns.

Application Process

One can apply for an internship with the firm through an online application providing all the necessary information through the firm’s official website.

Once the internship is confirmed, the applicant will receive a mail regarding the duration of the internship. However, the applicant needs to apply well in advance as they have limited slots for interns at a time.

Main Tasks

Interns are mostly assigned research work which includes going through case laws, writing briefs and researching Acts.

Personally, the areas I dealt with during the course of my internship were concerned with three main legislations which were the Indian Succession Act, 1925, Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.

First Day Information, Formalities, Infrastructure and Work Environment

One is asked to report to the office at 10:30 am sharp. Thereafter, one is allotted a mentor and a workspace and assigned some work.

One becomes familiar with the office space and the people they are to work with. The first day is more of an orientation day where one is introduced to the new environment and given time to acclimatise to it.

An intern is required to fill a form providing all the necessary information.

The office has a top-of-the-line infrastructure with wi-fi and a library which is loaded with all the necessities for it to be a perfect workspace for employees and interns alike.

Good things

The associates are extremely accommodating and patient with the interns. One should never hesitate to ask their seniors for help in case they have any queries.

There is a coffee machine present in the office which is available to all, employees and interns alike.

Bad things

The partners of the firm are burdened with an enormous amount of work and are kept very busy making it difficult to interact with them.

Lack of court experience.

Stipend

Rs. 1000 per week.

Recommendations

One should never hesitate from asking for work and should try to build a healthy rapport with their seniors.

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