Rakesh Sahu, National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi, 4th year
Name of the Organization
Surana & Surana International Attorneys (SSIA), Suite 305, Paharpur Business Centre, Nehru Place, New Delhi.
I interned for five weeks from 23rd December 2019 to 31st January 2020.
One can apply at surana[at]lawindia.com. If selected they would revert back for scheduling a personal interview. One may provide feasible dates on which the interview may be scheduled. One can expect a reply within 1-2 weeks after the interview.
SSIA provides an opportunity to the law students to experience something more than just a firm-based Internship. It provides an opportunity to explore the intricacies and nuances of working in a litigation firm.
The work in Delhi majorly revolves around litigation in various courts and tribunals. The team comprises of 3 associates and a principal advisor. Taking into account the size of the team, the workload is pretty good, there is hardly any time that an intern has no work. Associates are friendly and consider interns as a part of their office family rather than just a mode of assistance as with other top law firms.
They trust interns with important work relating to court matters, unlike other law firms. One can easily get a good exposure in filing documents, applications, affidavits in various tribunals. Throughout the tenure of my internship, I was entrusted with research on topics pertaining to civil litigation and commercial disputes along with the drafting of exemption applications, caveats, legal opinions, articles on certain contemporary topics.
Apart from the office work I was also sent to client offices to seek clarifications and requisite information on the matter in hand. Majority of such offices were government departments which provides one with great exposure of dealing with government clients.
I had my best experience while travelling to various courts and tribunals since the most crucial and enriching part was that the associates used to brief me about the intricacies and nuances of applications being filed before the court and different strategies and techniques adopted while arguing before a district court and a tribunal.
The office timings for interns are 9.30 AM to 7:00 PM, though there is ample room for relaxation in the timings on certain days subject to the prior approval from the associates.
Most of the times the intern is expected to reach directly to the concerned court if any matter is fixed for hearing. Though sometimes one may have to stay back in the office while the associates are out for client meetings and court hearings.
Food and Accommodation
For Lunch, one can find several restaurants and hotels in the vicinity which are affordable and good in terms of quality. Beverages like Coffees and tea are available in the office building itself one may use the telecom to get the same from the Pantry. You may also various PGs in Nehru Place or in Kailash Colony
A litigation-based internship experience combined with a firm culture does not seem to be an exposure one could easily get in a law firm. Such a unique experience differentiates SSIA from other firms as they focus on the overall learning experience of the intern rather than an addition to the workforce.
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