Internship Experience @ Sentinel Law Office, Delhi: Practical Knowledge, Courtroom Exposure, Research Work

Name, College, year

Debashish Deka, Amity Law School, 3yrd year, 6th semester.

Organisation and address

Sentinel Law Office, Near Happy Hunters Tea Salon, D-1/16, Hauz Khas Rd, Hauz Khas Market, Kharera, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016.

Duration of internship

18th February 2019 to 18th April 2019

How you applied?

You can apply to sentinel.law.office[at]gmail.com with your resume mentioning your preferred month and duration.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

While applying for an internship, I was just worried that I’d be stuck at the office just doing research work and nothing else. But I was lucky to have practical experiences during this internship such as going to courts attending matters, handling all the court procedures of my seniors and the best was facing the Hon’ble Judge.

Here at Sentinel, I learnt a few tricks about drafting legal documents, important court procedures etc.

Main tasks

Daily work included drafting legal documents, maintain case diary, handling court procedures, accompanying Jyoti madam to her court proceedings and sometimes, appearing as an intern before the Hon’ble Judge to submit documents on record or ask for Passover.

The main challenges were basically changing my daily schedule waking up early every day, report to the office or court on time, submitting the work given on time and keeping track of the things I learned from my mentors.

Apart from research work, you will learn the practical work of the court procedures plus you will learn the tricks of drafting legal documents and that is rare in other internships.

Good things

My advice to other students is – be punctual, submit your work on time and be eager to learn. This internship has made me more punctual than ever, it made me realise the importance of time management and be professional at work.

Sentinel has a great environment to learn. The two months I have been in this internship has been the best learning experience to date. The work environment was professional yet was homely.

My mentor Jyoti madam is a fine mentor – she shared insights about the legal world and also gave me career advice. She will get the best outcome from the intern and gives the intern all the exposure she can.

Towards the end of the internship, I felt more like a lawyer with a basic understanding of the core art of advocacy.

Jyoti mam prefers only one intern at a time. A word of caution, it is not a swanky corporate law firm. Mam has a vibrant practice at Saket Family Court and she handles mainly matrimonial matters and civil cases.

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