Name, College, year
Aniket Sachan, 3rd year, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Organisation and address
The Practice- Law Firm, B-55, Retreat Apartments, 20 IP Extension, Patparganj, New Delhi-110092.
Duration of internship
4 weeks (03rd May 2019- 31st May 2019)
How you applied?
I had e-mailed my CV along with a cover letter to [email protected] and received a confirmation from their end within 3-4 days.
First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression
When I received a confirmation mail from sir’s office, I was asked to report at 3 pm in office for orientation and interview.
Interview though always make me excited but this time I was a bit nervous because, in all my internships that I had undergone, there never was any interview session. One of my friend and I were called one by one and the interview lasted for around 15 minutes.
Anupam Sir asked some basic question like why you chose law, my favourite subject in law, aim ahead, things I liked about litigation and some basic theory questions, which I answered with utter confidence.
Sir acquainted us with the work that we were supposed to do for the entire period of our internship. Sir also told us about the certificate format. In this firm, you are marked accordingly in various parameter and then the certificate is given to you with your marks and percentage of work.
We were allotted individual working desks and allotted research work. One of the Associates, Kalyan Sir, gave us an overview of their internship programme. There were three interns when I joined which later increased to six. Everyone was very friendly.
The first day we were given a case file to read regarding a matter in NCDRC. Anupam Sir had asked to go through it as we had to brief him of the case the next day. Later, when we briefed Sir, he appreciated our work.
We went with him to NCDRC where the matter was to be heard and learned presiding officer gave a further date for the case.
Then began the best thing about our internship, we were given a task to work on PIL. Anupam Sir is also an animal rights activist and has fought many cases in Supreme Court for animal rights.
Sir also runs an NGO FFAR (Fight For Animal Rights). Sir was horrified by the rising death of elephants in the wild in India so Sir decided to file a PIL on this topic.
We conducted research on the following matter and formatted the entire PIL on the topic, “Elephant death in the wild in India owing to rampant electrocution, train accidents, poaching.” Teams were divided for research under various heads. Later data was compiled and cross-checked by sir and then we drafted it accordingly as per PIL format.
Apart from PIL, we also worked on SLP/SLA and did the drafting of that too. We went to Supreme Court for filing of this PIL.
Sir also used to discuss with us our law schools days and used to compare it with his law school days when he was in ILS, Pune. It was a really nice experience working with him. Sir is energetic and passion towards work really motivates all interns. We also enjoyed the coffee at the office, which was really a stress buster.
The environment is friendly, lively and everyone gets up well. Got to learn about the drafting of PIL, SLP. Apart from it, there was also a new experience for me. One day all of us joined sir for his campaigning, which was also a great experience.
Nothing bad about the internship. You get to learn different things.
They don’t provide you with stipend but the overall experience of learning is worth everything.
The certificate, which you get, is really cool and interesting. It is similar to school days. You are marked on basic things like your diligence, hard work, smartness, ability to catch law etc.
At the end when you see your marks and percentage, which you scored, is awesome.
Accommodation, commuting to the office
I stayed in a PG in Laxmi Nagar, Delhi (around 2.5 km away from the office.) I used buses to commute to the office but Ola and Uber are easily available. Public transport in Delhi is well-connected and pretty cheap.