Internship Experience @ Bihar State Legal Services Authority, Patna: Field Visits to Villages, Beur Jail and Observation Home

Name of Organisation, City and State

Bihar State Legal Services Authority (BSLSA), opp museum, Buddha Marg, Patna, Bihar 800001

About The Organisation Where You Interned

To carry out the provisions of Legal Services Authorities Act,1987, the Bihar Government, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Patna, made the Bihar State Legal Services Authority Rules,1996.

After notification of the Rules, the Government of Bihar abolished the Bihar Legal Aid Board and Bihar State Legal Services Authority was constituted on 29.11.1997 Hon’ble Justice Aftab Alam took over the office as the Executive Chairman of BSLSA.

The First member Secretary of the BSLSA, Shri B.K. Thakur joined on 11.3.1998. Later on in the same year, ‘Bihar State Legal Services Authority Regulations,1998 was framed and came into force on 15th March 2001. Patna High Court Legal Services Committee and Committee for Ranchi Bench were set up on 12-1-99.

Student Name, College and Year of Study

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Duration

14th December 2017 to 31st January 2018

Application Process

BSLSA offers two internship programmes. One is the Summer Internship Programme and the other one is the Winter Internship Programme.

Form for winter Internship Programme is usually released on website during December-January Internship is given on the “first come first serve” basis.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

My first impression was good. We had an orientation session at BSLSA.

Main Tasks

The main idea about this internship to give us students an idea about how the legal aid system works in India. We were supposed to visit certain places and on the last day, we had to submit a report on the given topic.

Places we visited:

  1. Beur Jail: We visited Beur Jail for one day. Our main task there was to interact with prisoners and to inform them about the legal aid facilities which the government provide.
  2. Observation Home (Apna Ghar)
  3. Villages

Good Things

Visit to Beur Jail: Everyone was excited about it.

During our NGO visit, me and one of other interns were asked to give a lecture to the ladies there. Then those ladies came to us with their problems. It really boosted our confidence.

Timings were flexible

Good Exposure

Bad Things

I found nothing bad.

Stipend

No stipend

Accommodation and Commuting

Patna is my hometown.

Other Information

I’ll advise students to actually intern here. I don’t know about legal aid but they do give us an insight into the mindset of prisoners.

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