Internship Experience at State Legal Services Authority, Shimla: Central Jail, Mental Rehabilitation Centre and Orphanage Visits

State legal services authority research associate job

About the Organisation

The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organize Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes.

In every State, State Legal Services Authority has been constituted to give effect to the policies and directions of the NALSA and to give free legal services to the people and conduct Lok Adalats in the State.

The State Legal Services Authority is headed by Hon’ble the Chief Justice of the respective High Court who is the Patron-in-Chief of the State Legal Services Authority.

Student Name

Abhishek Goel, New Law College, BVDU, Pune, 1st Year


15th December 2017 to 15th January 2018

Application Process

You can personally visit the office of SLSA in Kasumpatti or apply to them over an email application[at]mslegal-himachal[at]

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

The first day, we were made to meet the Member Secretary of the SLSA who introduced us to the organisation and gave us all a copy of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 and told to go through it and know the various provisions related to it. We were then attached to the DLSA (District Legal Service Authority) Shimla and our work officially began.

Main Tasks

Our main task included visiting the District Court and to see how the Legal Aid Centre works. The Legal Aid centres are established under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 wherein anyone who falls under the category of the recipient of free legal aid as per the act, can get an advocate for his/ her representation in the court of law without any fee.

Our job also included visiting the Central Jail, the Mental Rehabilitation Centre, Orphanage and organising a Legal Literacy Camp in a small village near Shimla.

Good Things

The first and foremost thing is the exposure that I got in my first internship is incomparable and unparalleled. Getting to know the root problems of the people who are not even aware of their legal rights and helping them out has been a great experience in itself.

Apart from that, getting to visit places like the Jail and the Mental Rehabilitation centre, where one normally doesn’t go was an eye-opening experience. We were also allowed to witness a mediation proceeding in which we got a hands-on exposure as to how the ADR works.

Finally, the Legal Literacy Camp was perhaps the best of it all, wherein we were all asked to speak and apprise the people of their various legal rights and it was a little shocking to see that some people aren’t aware of their basic legal rights which we think are known to them impliedly and therefore Legal Literacy is the need of the Hour in the country in the current scenario.

Bad Things

No bad things as such, everything and everyone were good.



Accommodation Commute

I am from Shimla itself so I had no issues in accommodation/travelling

Other Info

We used to go to the mall road post-work, take a walk and return back home. There is nothing really near the District Courts for chilling.

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