Name, College, Year
Mohd. Kumail Haider, IV Year, Faculty Of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh.
Organisation and address
Human Rights Law Network, Allahabad. HRLN engages in legal representation specifically for the minorities, Dalits and other downtrodden people of the society.
Address: FLAT No. TF-1, Narinjan Apartment, Near Union Bank, Ashok Nagar, Allahabad (Prayagraj), Uttar Pradesh – 211 001, India.
Duration of internship: Four weeks.
How you applied?
By sending requisite documents such as cover letter, CV to the Head Coordinator of HRLN, Allahabad at allahabad[at]hrln.org.
First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression
Reached the office at 9 am in the morning. First day started with the introduction. The day continued with members working there explaining the sort of work the organization does. I was asked to go through the several PILs to attain understanding about the format and other intricacies of the same.
The routine work included drafting of PILs, working on criminal writ petitions.
The working environment was very easy going, hence the elongated durations of work were never tiresome. In fact, working here for someone who possesses little interest in criminal and constitutional matters would be a recipient of a splendid experience.
Apart from that, Zaidi Sir would take out some time for a session meant for academic learning, in which he’d enlighten the basics of legal practice, the interpretative readings of the Bare Acts, etc.
Nothing as such, but because the interns are so intensely involved in the drafting tasks that the court visits were minimal (in my case).
Accommodation, commuting to the office
I stayed at my relative’s place, which was about 10 minutes away from the organization. Auto rickshaws keep running throughout the city.
Anything else, what you did to chill out, lessons learnt etc
I am immensely grateful to Aman Sir, Danish Sir, Zaidi Sir and Tahir Sir for teaching the skills of drafting, researching, reading, and even printing.
As I mentioned, the working environment was very easy going and we’d keenly look up for the cricket scores, engage in discussions pertaining to politics, history, literature (the couplets from the pen of Tahir Sir were specifically inspiring and refreshing at the same time).