Internship Experience @ Harish Salve: 4 Weeks Seemed Less!

Name of the organization. City

Harish Salve, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court and former Solicitor General of India- best known for turning the judgment in the Vodafone case regarding double taxation and learning under Mr. Palkhiwala, the tax law moghul.

Duration of the internship 

4 weeks (seems very little)

How big was the office? Team strength?

7 associates and around 10 administration staff.

There are two apartments on the sixth floor of the posh Bhagwan Das road. One houses the chamber, a small waiting room, the associate’s room while the other has a huge waiting room, Manager’s room and kitchen.

The Harish Salve office also has a small room for interns to wait in.

There is no dearth of space in the conference room where the clients and law firms are always on their toes, briefing sir – the first day I saw more than 20 people come for a conference in one go.

Application procedure. Internship contact details 

You can call and enquire.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings 

4 weeks, 6 days a week 8.30am to 8pm., (Saturday half day) I generally went for morning conferences which started at 8.30am and lasted upto 10.30am and then court Except on Monday, Friday and Saturday since there’s no court on Miscellaneous days.

In the evenings Harish Sir takes an hour’s break and goes for swimming so we are relatively free till 6 pm. Then there are back to back conferences till 8pm.However, girls staying far away have the option of leaving early.

On Sundays it’s off and Friday evening too. Saturday conferences start in the evening.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I stayed at DU Campus Housing …there are a lot of hostels and rooms for rent available around North Delhi. There is also a direct metro line near the office on the blue line.

If you get the chance you should try finding a place in the Hostels located on Bhagwan Das road itself. Maybe your State bhavan such as Gujarat Bhawa for me since I come from Gujarat can accommodate you for the month. The HR who coordinates the internships can be contacted for it.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

I arrived extremely early and had to wait for the other people to arrive. The staff was courteous and offered tea while I was waiting. By 10 am the rooms began to fill with associates and clients. We got an email with a list of conferences scheduled and we started to attend it.

One thing I am extremely tempted to mention is that the first client to walk in was a high profile ex MLA for a case. I was awed and even more when I saw that all cases were extremely interesting and I had a great first day ahead in store for me.

But I was more taken aback by seeing Boss at his desk for more than 10 conferences straight and being as energetic and active for the last conference as for the first. He constantly had to talk -quite a feat. Maybe our lecturers complaining about getting tired after two three lectures should take a leaf out of his book!

Main tasks (in detail)

Taking notes in of conferences and courts. Assisting associates in research and preparing list of dates.

The associates at the chambers of Harish Salve provide extremely systematic assignments and instructions are to the point.

One of my co interns got to counsel a client in a criminal matter on his own without any associate being present, I think that is the ultimate!

Work environment, people

You can never ask for a better team… The associates are always there, constantly working and guiding us to attend courts and conferences.

The assistants send us an email daily stating which conference to attend, the cook prepared food and coffee, espresso etc whenever we were hungry, there were instructions to contact Ma’am in case of any issues.

Everything was as smooth as possible! There was lunch in huge afternoons for the entire office and snacks such as soya chips and diet coke for us too in the evenings.

I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such an amazing experience. 

Best things?

Seeing high profile clients come to seek sir’s counsel.. You get to learn why someone has such a high reputation… Is it the meticulous studying, the uninterrupted focus (never seen sir constantly checking his phone), the curiosity to constantly learn new acts and amendments, the dedication to provide the best solution , having a great support system or the persuasive advocacy style.

It is completely out of the world and guarantees you learn a great deal!

After watching Boss on you tube and twitter, I understand the hype that surrounds such a great lawyer and why every business house and politician(we witnessed a lot of them being advised by Boss) comes to only Harish Salve!

But there was a better unheard of version too- I jotted down a few of my favorites.

Once, I saw a bag of dog biscuits near the security cabin. I came to know that besides the fact that Sir is a dog lover and has five dogs, the dog biscuits were for the street dogs. Isn’t that sweet?

Another incident is his ever forgiving nature- he readily forgives late clients and mistakes by his staff. Mr. Harish Salve is also a pro at time management-he never wastes time with small talk or traveling to and from his rest room is within the office itself and Supreme Court is literally round the corner.

Bad things?

Sir was always having what seems to be magical potions that helped conduct non stop conferences for hours together. For us mere mortals having no powers, no time to breath!

Besides, the Harish Salve internship seems extremely short since Sir had to travel quite often! But on the plus side more time to attend college in between and manage attendance for students studying in Delhi especially since the Bar Council’s new rules about attendance and internship.

Stipend/ month

No stipend

Anything else you’d like to tell 

The staff was extremely courteous and always on their toes… Another is the green concept with which all of the matters are conducted-he uses his ipad and Mac rather than printouts. Also Sir is a big Apple promoter – work is always on a Mac!

Biggest lessons

Always be on the client’s side. Never stop sympathizing with the client, think from his point of view, keep excellent relations… Sir has great relations with all firms … Something which counts a lot..

Also the kind of exposure that we gained as law students with Mr. Harish Salve is something which cannot be described in a page!

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