Internship Experience at Kerala State Legal Services Authority: Good Research and Informative Learning Sessions

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Name of the intern

Tesa Rose Sunny

Name of your college

St. Joseph’s College of Law, Bangalore

Name of the course and year of study

B.A LL.B | 1st year

Name and address of the organisation

Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KELSA), Office of the Kerala State Legal Services Authority, Niyama Sahaya Bhavan, High Court Compound, Ernakulam, Kochi – 682031. 

Duration of internship

From: 14/07/2021 Till: 06/08/2021

How did you apply for the internship?

We had to send an email to the official email address of the organization expressing our interest to intern with them along with relevant reasons and your resume.

The organization got back to us via email confirming our selection.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

As it was an online internship, the day began by formally introducing all the interns (around 40), to the mentors and heads of the organization.

We were given a basic structure of the internship program and was introduced to KELSA.

Kerala State Legal Services Authority is the statutory body that provides free legal aid to the people of the state of Kerala, India.

The Kerala State Legal Services Authority is responsible for providing free and competent legal services to the poorer sections of the society.

It is ensuring that opportunities for obtaining justice are not denied to any citizen due to the economic or other disabilities.

It organizes Lok Adalat’s to ensure that the legal system operates in a manner that promotes justice on an equal basis.

As students, we were given the opportunity to get a first hand experience about the legal services in the country and we were able to research on a lot of topics that will help us assist the poorer sections of the society.

Our mentors- advocates, research personal, activists etc. shared their personal experiences which enabled us to understand the significance of free legal aid.

It also made us realize the need for a more widespread legal aid awareness campaign in our country.

The mentors were well-informed, approachable, friendly and guided us efficiently in all matters.

Main Tasks

Learnt about the permanent Lok Adalat and witnessed the proceedings.

Had sessions on basics of legal aid, RTI Act and the POSCO Act.

Presentations on the meaning, definition and purpose in the law of various legal terms like bailable and non-bailable offences, theft, robbery, crime, investigation etc.

The topic personally assigned to me was ‘charge’.

Learnt and researched various acts relating to will and succession like the Indian Succession Act, 1925 and the Hindu Succession Act, 1956.

Explanation on legal aid defence and group discussions on basics of criminal law and family courts and victim compensation schemes.

Attended webinars coordinated by DLSA Ernakulam and the Women and Child Development Department.

Prepared and answered questionnaires regarding legal services provided to senior citizens.

Researched on different laws present for the safety and protection of women and various acts such as the Dowry Prohibition Act, Domestic Violence Act, Child Marriage Prohibition Act, etc.

Work Environment

It was an online internship and hence we had our meetings and discussions via Google meet.

All official work was done through emails and student interactions via WhatsApp.

Good Things

It being an online internship gave us the opportunity to interact with various students from different backgrounds.

We also had a flexible schedule and had to submit projects before the deadline which taught me time management.

We had good interactive opportunities with experts from various fields and doubt clearing sessions after each session.

Group projects were also assigned to improve our communication and team building skills.

Bad Things

Nothing as such but could’ve been better off as an offline internship with more peer interaction.

Stipend

No stipend.

Details about accommodation and commute

As it was an online internship there was no requirement for accommodation or commute.

Anything else?

Interning at KELSA was an insightful experience.

As it didn’t require a lot of previous legal knowledge.

This internship will be suitable for first-year law students and can definitely improve your research and communication skills.

Certificate

I haven’t collected the internship certificate as it requires travel.

Have added the schedule of the internship, various offices involved etc.




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