Internship Experience at SVS Associates, Jabalpur: Court Visits, Legal Research and Drafting Work

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ORGANIZATION AND ADDRESS

SVS Associates, MP High Court, Sheila Talkies Compound, South Civil Lines, Main Road, Jabalpur (M.P).

DURATION OF INTERNSHIP

The minimum period of internship which is required is of 30 days. I interned for a duration of 30 days from 3rd December 2019 to 2nd January 2020.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

I applied for the internship by sending my CV along with covering letter at svsassociates.adv[at]gmail.com.

DRESS CODE AND TIMINGS

The office is particular about the dress code i.e. Black Formal Dress for Court days and semi-formals for non-working days, particularly polished shoes. The timings are from 10 am to 9.30 pm, 7 days a week. In the morning you are supposed to visit various court while in the evening, you are at the office assisting with the upcoming matters.

MAIN TASKS

The profile of the workplace is quite differentiated. The work isn’t confined to the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, but also Central Administrative Tribunal and Delhi High Court and so forth.

Truth be told, the workplace has a standard inflow of cases and filings in Delhi High Court, attributable to which there is part of work relating to Delhi High Court. With respect to your visits to the High Court of Jabalpur, Sir’s junior, Mr. Amit helps you in the Court with whatever queries you might have. He is a really amicable and helpful person.

The interns can have widespread exposure to not only Court work, but also office work, drafting assignments and other variety of tasks, which the legal profession encompasses in general.During my stint at the office, the day commenced with observing the court proceedings in the morning, till about 4:30 – 5:00 pm.

The latter part of the day mainly involved reading the case files, typing out the dictations received for E-Mail correspondences/Letters, sitting and observing the dictations being given to the steno for the documents that were being drafted and researching on various questions that were given. Naturally, sometimes there may be several assignments lined up while there might be some free time as well. During the time I interned, the courts weren’t functioning and naturally, the workload was affected proportionately.

I even worked for a large part of my tenure on a variety of work of ‘CAN Foundation’. Siddharth Sir happens to be the CEO of the organisation and naturally, a major chunk of the work is performed through his office. Whether you like/dislike the said work is utterly subjective. The work could be spread across the interesting part involving drafting proposals or letters to some possibly boring and mundane work. A Mix, as it should be called. Since the Inaugural Ceremony happened while I was interning, I even attended the same at Bhopal.

Whether you like the overall experience at the office depends on the approach that you take and the mindset which you have gone there for. I had a co-intern who reported to work sparingly. If you are adaptive and willing to learn, you might even learn by merely observing.

You should not expect to learn any considerable part of the fieldwork in one month in perhaps any court internship. That isn’t really possible. But what you can expect to learn is to live the life of a litigating lawyer for about a month. Even this internship shall expose you to the same. An added advantage could be accompanying Sir in his visits to the different courts in various cities in the state.

The same requires you to be on your toes, and while it can be an interesting learning experience, mind you that it also requires reasonable toil. If you are willing to get a first-hand experience of how a High Court lawyer’s chamber functions, this is a decent opportunity, provided that you are sincere. The workplace has a restricted influx of Interns. Not more than 3 or 4 candidates are acknowledged by the workplace for working during any span of 30 days. Alongside me, there was just one co-intern. The other one left almost the same time that I started.

GOOD THINGS

  • Opportunity is given to every such Intern, who is interested in working. You would be given personal attention even amidst a lot of workloads, provided that you aren’t there only to chill.
  • Getting a realistic idea of how a High Court lawyer’s chamber actually functions. Acquainting oneself to the not-so-glittery realities of the profession.
  • There are ample of options around the Office to grab your lunch/snacks.
  • Other Staff/Juniors were extremely cordial. My special thanks to Mr. Amit Garg, who has been working with Siddharth Sir from quite a long time. He would help you with your queries whenever sir is not around. He would make you feel comfortable in the office.

BAD THINGS

To be fair, I would also mention the Bad things. It can possibly be that extra-time that you might have to put in, in case there is the extra workload. Sunday not being an off might be a negative too.

There are deadlines which are to be met strictly, and most of them being urgent last-minute assignments. Siddharth Sir is too particular about deadlines, quite strict at times, becoming a reason of annoyance as well. Rest everything is more or less dependent upon the approach that you take towards the workaround you. If you are willing to sacrifice some chilling and work hard for longer durations, this is a good learning experience.

STIPEND

The internship is a stipend based internship depending upon your performance. I was awarded with a stipend of Rs. 5000. The amount otherwise varies between Rs. 3000-5000. The same is tried to be kept proportionate to the work that you do.

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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