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Internship Experience at M R Balakrishna and Associates, Bengaluru: Attend Court Proceedings, Research and Drafting Work

By: Vaishnavi-pujari | September 30, 2019

Full Name of the Organisation

M R Balakrishna and Associates, Bengaluru, Karnataka

About the Organisation

I can say it is situated in the heart of Bengaluru, Malleshwaram. I interned under Sir.M.R.Balakrishna who was such a gem of a person. He took personal care of me and taught me so many new things. The office gave me good vibes and I was never too bored or tired to work because of a positive environment in the office.

Student Name and College

Vaishnavi Pujari, Karnataka State Law University’s Law School.

Duration

10th July 2019 to 05th August 2019

Application Process

One of my seniors who had earlier did his internship in M.R.Balakrishna and associates recommended me and guided me. But one can apply by dropping his/her CV to the following mail ID [email protected] followed up by a call to the following number 9845372496.

If a student is resident of bangalore he/she can meet sir a day prior to your joining and confirm your internship and if not then follow the above procedure.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

There weren’t any such formalities to follow. I met sir, all the other associates and co-interns. As I am a 5th-year student I was expected to draft legal notices, affidavits, police complaints, a civil suit and do research work for some pending cases which can be used in the case and further proceedings. Well, this is how the first day was initially.

Main Tasks

When it comes to main tasks it is usually doing research work for the pending cases if the student is in 4th or 5th year. If an intern is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd year they will be taken for court observations and will also be given cases to study and to be helped with.

As I have a subject of drafting and Civil procedure code I personally went up to sir and requested him to teach me drafting. Sir was kind and patient enough to teach me and my co-intern how to draft legal notices, letters, memo’s, affidavits etc.

He guided us in drafting in the beginning few days but later on, we were asked to draft on our own and we did a good job though. We became good at drafting at the end of the internship program.

I took up cases which involved criminal as well as civil matters so that I could get an idea of what I am going to study in my future semesters. The Drafting for me was the main task compared to anything else.

Good Things

The good things to be pointed out are we were given an opportunity to counsel a client all by ourselves (only by me and my co-intern) which was a real-world experience for us and not mock client counselling. Every associate in the firm is helpful in nature. Each one of them corrected our miskates if any.

I was given Legal notices to draft and Sir made me write notes about all important points to be remembered. One can easily learn how to draft in a legal format with proper font size and style. Also, no one ever made me feel m an intern.

It was more like I am one of their associates. We, interns, were made to visit all courts i.e High Court, City Civil and Sessions Court, Mayo Hall Court and District Court.

There were arrangements made for me and my co-intern to attend two sessions each in the meditation centre, conciliation centre and arbitration centre. So at the end of internship duration, I was satisfied with the quality work I’ve done and attending sessions and proceedings in all the courts and centres and was familiar with working of courts in actual rather than reading in books.

Bad Things

Honestly, there were no bad things in the duration of the internship.

Stipend

No stipend but I got all the bare acts as a token of hard work in the office. It was more than any stipend.

Accommodation Commute

I stayed in a PG nearby which was at a walkable distance from the office. There are many PG’s for men as well as women.

Other Info

Mantri square was at a walkable distance so usually, I chilled there with my co-interns. The Mantri Square metro station is just 200 meters away so anyone can take a metro and go to different chilling destinations like MG Road and Indiranagar etc.

There is an option for renting a bike using an app called Bounce. It is the best and most convenient way for anyone to go anywhere one wishes to go. Licence is compulsory to rent out the bike.

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