Name, year and college details
Somashish, Fifth Year, School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore.
Name of Organisation, Location
K & T Law Offices, 10 Babar lane, Babar Road, Bengali Market, Delhi – 110001.
Application Process with contact details
Apply with a resume and cover letter to this email address: [email protected]
The response is quick and detailed. I received a response within a week.
Duration of internship and timings
Internship commenced from 23rd October 2017 and ended on 16th November 2017.
Office Timings: 10:00 AM to 7 PM (Subject to an early reporting time if an intern is to visit any Ld. Court/Tribunal)
Arrangements for stay/accommodation
For non-Delhites Karol Bagh would be a good place to stay. It is a welcoming student-filled area with adequate PGs available. In fact, every fifth student strolling the streets in this area speaks Telugu!
The office provides a separate working space for interns. The quantum of work received by any intern is directly proportional to his/her interest and demonstrated capacity. My very first tasks at the firm were related to drafting.
Either I had the good fortune to assist some luminous associates with drafting inter alia Trademark applications, Broadcast Petitions, piracy transcripts, or I was given the opportunity to independently draft Written Replies and Written Statements in civil suits and consumer disputes.
I completed several research assignments on various aspects of broadcasting law, copyright law, consumer disputes, maintenance proceedings under Domestic Violence Act and Code of Criminal Procedure. I also wrote an article in relation to certain contradictory licensing/assignment provisions of the Copyright Act.
Apart from the aforesaid tasks, several days were spent on visits to Ld. Tribunals—Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, District Consumer Forum—and Ld. Civil Courts in Delhi as well as the Hon’ble Delhi High Court and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
The visits to the Hon’ble Delhi High Court were particularly illuminating because they gave me insights on the functioning of its original side, particularly in relation to Arbitration Act proceedings. I had the good fortune of witnessing full arguments in the Hon’ble High Court in a dispute involving an oil exploration company.
It would not be an exaggeration, if I said that the work experience gained in this firm has enriched my understanding of civil litigation.
During my time as an Intern I was given full liberty to seek as much diverse work on as many diverse areas of the firm’s practice. I was also granted tremendous leeway as regards the execution of any work given to me. I could discuss briefs to the most minute detail and, if required, present my own diverging views on the concerned law without any hesitation.
I was also granted sufficient time and freedom, to grasp aspects of broadcasting law and legal practice before the Ld. TDSAT, hitherto unknown to me.
While the associates and partners were quick to point out any error/mistake, they were as much vocal about giving credit for good/satisfactory work. My freshly acquired doubts and insights blended with the far greater knowledge and experience of the associates and partners to guarantee a very enriching learning experience.
In sum and substance, the work environment at K&T Law offices is highly accommodating and conducive for interns with a will to learn and develop as a lawyer.
Another positive aspect of the firm is that interns, associates and partners have lunch together in one of the several conference rooms in the firm’s spacious office.
The last day of my internship was the most memorable day. I am in my final year of law school and the last semester cannot be avoided. If only joining classes for the final semester in a southern city was not imperative, and if only I had been a student in a law college in Delhi, I would have loved to continue working for this firm. Many new friends were made. Many new mentors and many new role models were found.
As I said goodbye to all the associates and partners in the firm, it just didn’t matter that some of my classmates may have received fat stipends or PPOs. However, as I looked back on the entire internship, it felt far more significant that I had gained a holistic litigation experience with enriching discussions on the law with associates and partners as well as some life-long mentors.