First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression
I was asked to report to the office at 9:30 am along with a copy of my Resume and a few other documents. I was then asked to submit the documents and sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.
After these formalities were fulfilled, we had a briefing session, where Ms. Shradha, the Associate in-charge for interns, introduced us to the other Associates and gave us an insight into the work undertaken by the associates.
The High Court, Consumer Court, City Civil Court and the Electricity Commission are in close proximity to the office. The office houses a separate cabin for the Senior Counsel and the associates have their own cubicles. The interns are generally asked to work out of the conference room.
The office also contains a plethora of books based on the various facets of law handled by the associates. The interns are expected to report at 9.30 am in the morning and can leave the office once their work has been completed. Most days, we ended up staying till 8.30 pm.
I mostly conducted research on a variety of topics. They include: Tax Laws, Arbitration, Electricity Laws and Money Laundering. Drafting responses and complaints were also a part of the tasks given. We also attended court proceedings and had the chance to observe the Associates in action. Frequent visits to the Electricity Commission was also a part of my internship.
I believe that interning at the firm helped me gain a better perspective about Litigation in general and the work culture in Bangalore. The Associates were very patient with us and were keen on helping us learn. We developed a great rapport with the Associates and had no qualms about asking doubts or asking them to explain something repeatedly.
Considering the fact that they are a small firm, I felt that I worked on cases that were coming up in court immediately and this gave me a sense of satisfaction as I felt that I was doing work that mattered. As an intern, sitting in a court hearing and actually knowing the facts and having done the research was a very rewarding experience.
The regular discussions I had while conducting the research helped me understand the laws better and I gained an immense amount of knowledge from the same. I also had the privilege of listening to Mr. Gopalakrishnan Shivadass Sir, the Senior Counsel argue before the High Court and the Electricity Commission.
Having Chai with the associates in the evening was an enjoyable experience and we all looked forward to it every day.
There are no bad things.
There is no stipend.
Accommodation, commuting to the office
I stayed at a PG in Vasant Nagar and walked to office regularly. Considering the fact that there is a lot of traffic congestion in Bangalore, it is advisable to stay near the office. Cunningham Road does contain a lot of eateries and other places to chill in the evening.
Disclaimer: Internship experiences published on Lawctopus are opinions shared by individual students and are thus subjective in nature.
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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