Internship Experience at LawSikho, Delhi: Legal Article Writing, Making PPTs and Videos

Name, College and Year of Study

Ayush Verma, RMLNLU, Lucknow, 2nd Year

Name of the Organisation and Address

LawSikho, 33-A, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Saidulajab, New Delhi, 110030

Duration

1st December 2019 to 30th December 2019

Application Process

I got the internship through the Internship and Placement Committee of my college.

Office Timings

10 AM to 7:30 PM

First-day Formalities and Impressions

I went to the office address mentioned above. I was asked to fill an internship form with my basic details. Then they sent me a folder on my mail account. The folder contained a document, in which internship guidelines were given, and videos, explaining how to write an article. I watched the videos and became aware of the basics of writing an article. Then I was given a topic to write an article on.

Main Tasks

I was asked to write twenty articles along with twenty PPTs and videos. Two thousand words are counted as one article, for e.g. – if you write an article of eight thousand words, it would be counted as four articles. The topics were given to us by Uzair Ahmad Khan, Assistant Blog Manager at Lawsikho. However, you can also get a new topic on your own.

After completion of the article, it is sent for two peer reviews from other interns and then it is reviewed by the Lawsikho Team. If any errors are found during the process, the author of the article is asked to correct the same, so that they get to know about their errors and correct the same.

Good Things

The best thing about the internship is the weekly blog writing competition. Top 5 participants of the competition get INR 2000, a certificate of merit and Lawsikho credits worth 1000 which can be used to purchase Lawsikho courses, and next 5 participants get a certificate of excellence. I won the competition two times which motivated me to write more good articles.

Also, I got the chance to participate in the Lawsikho sessions which were paid for outsiders but free for interns. Two sessions happened during my internship: one on Career Counselling, taken by Ramanuj Mukherjee, Founder and CEO at Lawsikho; and another on How to make a career in NCLT, taken by Prabal Goel, Corporate Attorney and IBC Professional, and Ramanuj Mukherjee. Sessions were really helpful for interns and the other people that participated in the sessions as it provided industry insights to law students.

Bad Things

The only thing that was problematic was the Wi-Fi connection which used to get disconnected every ten minutes.

Lessons Learnt

When I wrote my first article, it was harder for me to research and I complained to Uzair Sir that I am not getting any content to write, in some headings. But, he asked me to do more research and even helped me to find things. I did more research and got content for the headings that I couldn’t find initially. When I finished writing my first article, I was happy that I have written an article of 4000 words. But when my article was reviewed, there were many minor errors and I realized that there is a lot to learn. I analysed my article, corrected the mistakes, and got to learn about so many grammatical mistakes that I made.

In the next article, I made lesser mistakes and I reviewed my article at least twice before sending it for peer review. Gradually, I wrote more articles and learnt how to self assess your article, and that’s the biggest thing that I learnt.

Another thing that I focused on was the quality of my article and not the quantity. I knew that if I write a good article, I can be among the Top 5 participants winning the competition. The competition motivated me to write quality articles. So, my two articles got selected in the competition: Article 102 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union and Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Winning the competition has encouraged me to keep writing for LawSikho.

You also learn to sit and work for hours which prepares you for law firms where you need to give even more hours.

Stipend

Rs. 5000: If you complete fifty units. But there is another way to earn stipend: Blog Writing Competition.

Accommodation and commutation

I used to live in Seven Colors PG which is less than 200 metres from the office.

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