Internship Experience at NLSA, Delhi: Family & Session Courts, Rehabilitation Centre Visits

Student Name, College and Year of Study

Dibya Prakash Lahiri, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, 1st Year

Name of the Organisation, City and State

National Legal Services Authority (NLSA), Delhi


06th December 2018 to 28th December 2018

Application Process

The application process to apply at NALSA commences from the website. They keep updating the timeline and they give internship in 2 seasons based, Summer and Winter.

The due process, the application needs to be submitted at least a month beforehand based on which month we want to work under them. Winter season had 3 timelines, being December, January and February. The response to the application is very fast and has been handled very efficiently. Kudos to the Consultant Mr. G.B. Ravichandran.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

The first day of the internship went very normal and did not have much of a hassle. We were firstly divided based on the location of our DLSA and subsequently, we were given the schedule for each working day. The work done was mainly based on certain criterias which were laid down.

The organisation is more of working in reality which goes on to show that they work regularly and are of no non-sense business.The representative had a very good attitude towards us and they co-operated with us to understand things. Emphasising more on the grounds that the work should be done in a better manner and peacefully with the correct usage of the law and understand the situations of the places we went to and gain as much knowledge as possible.

The organisation rather than making it very formal made it a friendly one wherein the atmosphere made it even better to work. The overall impression for the first day makes the organisation workable in nature.

Main Tasks

The first two weeks, when we visited the institution, we were mainly indulged in visiting the family courts wherein we observed how the proceedings took place varying from situation to situation and person to person. The bigger effect of the visit was to make us realise that the situation what it looks like from the outside in terms of family courts is quite different.

Likewise, we visited other courts as well such as the sessions court wherein the different cases were observed as well the district judge’s court. We also visited the Central Administrative Tribunal wherein the various cases that have been filed helped in the establishment of disputes between the Government and the Employees.

Afterwards, we visited a rehabilitation centre wherein the Children in conflict with law were kept. We learned about how these children and juveniles were forced to take up crime either due to poverty or byways to keep themselves satisfied with the addiction to various drugs.

We also talked to a boy who was successful in getting de-addicted and about his journey to get de-addicted. Further, we went to Mandoli Jail wherein we saw the condition of the prisoners who were there and also likewise how they behaved inside the jail.

On the final day of the internship, we had a session with the then Patron of NALSA, Justice (retd.) Madan Lokur and we observed as to how the work of NALSA was supposed to be carried out and asked for our review as to how can it be improved. After the session, we went on to visit the Parliament House and watched the session over there and then the internship was finally over.

Good Things

The internship was overall really good and a lot of things could be felt that can be noted down:

  1. The environment to work and understand things.
  2. The coordination amongst the advocates and the representatives thus helping to work in a better condition.
  3. The places visited and especially the role of the Consultant was marvellous.
  4. The food was of good standard.
  5. Regularity in work and profession.

Bad Things

As per my opinion, there was nothing that can be considered to be bad per se. The internship experience was pretty good. Highly recommendable.


No stipend

Accommodation Commute

I live in Delhi. So, I had commuted via metro the nearest being Mandi House on Violet or Blue line.

Other Info

Near the Rehabilitation centre in Mukherjee Nagar, there is this place called Hudson lane which is located right next to Mukherjee Nagar which is known as Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar aka GTB Nagar where there are good places to dine and also hang around.

If needed, there is this place which is 4 k.m from GTB called Bonta Park near Delhi University. There we can sit and relax with the beauty present inside it which is a nature park.

Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.

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