Internship Experience @ Mahesh Jethmalani, Mumbai: Observe the Legend Argue!


Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Chambers of Mr Mahesh Jethmalani, Mumbai. Team Strength: 10 (Including associates and supporting staff). No of interns: 10+

Application Process with contact details

The most important requirement to get an internship at the Chambers of Mr Mahesh Jethmalani is the recommendation/reference of either Mr Jethmalani himself or any of his associates.

You are then required to send an email to Mr Rajiv Dutta at duttraj[at]rediffmail[dot]com, with your CV and the reference. I received an email of confirmation within two days of my application.

Duration of internship and timings

June 06 – July 02, 2016 (4 weeks)

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

There are generally no formal session in which you are introduced to associates. So as soon as you join, you are supposed to go to the associates’ room and ask someone for work, and they give you with some work.

We were introduced to Mr Jethmalani during our second week of internship. And we never met him again, until our last day when he handed us the internship certificates.

The office is located at Jolly Maker Chambers – II, which is one of the most prominent buildings of Nariman Point.

There are two office spaces, the first in the second floor and the second on the thirteen floor (which is where primarily the interns sit). The second floor office has a small reception, a room for the associates and a plush room for Mr Jethmalani.

Main tasks

If you are looking for an internship where you will be loaded with work, this place is not for you. You will be given work, which may range from research to simply reading case briefs. But you are also given work such as drafting and preparing bail applications etc.

While the most interesting part of our internship was to see Mr Jethmalani argue, which is what we always looked forward to.

Work environment and people

Well, some of the associates were really nice and helpful. I use the word some because I didn’t interact with some of the associates and I didn’t like some (while my co-interns liked him/her).

You don’t really get to interact with Mr Jethmalani. The only time you see him is in the court; and while taking your internship certificates.

I had lots of co-interns. By the time, I left there were at least 12 of them, and most of them were really nice.

Best things

Best thing about this internship was to watch Mr Jethmalani argue. Just watching him argue with such ease and eloquence is enough to inspire you to take up litigation.

Also, working on several important cases, such as, Sheena Bora murder case, Jiah Khan case, IPL spot fixing case was really interesting.

Bad things

There’s not much of work, so as times you really had nothing to do. But you were free to pick up any of these case files and read them. And reading such cases are always interesting and you would never be bored.

While the main office of Mr Jethmalani is in the 2nd floor of the building, the interns sit in the 13th floor of the building, which is primarily the office reserved for his father, Mr Ram Jethmalani.

Since, the associates sit in the 2nd floor, there’s no one in the 13th floor, and so no one really bothers if you sit lazying around not doing work. But the bad part of the 13th floor is no WiFi, they just have a couple of computers with internet dongles. And no network coverage on your phone.

Biggest Lessons

The biggest lesson one will get doing this internship and seeing Mr Jethmalani argue is that the only way to become a successful litigator is sheer hard work.

Any Other Thing

Office Location bonus: Plenty to yum street food, right opposite the building.

Office Timings

We were asked to report to the office at 10:30 AM, but they were quite flexible and you could be a bit late, say by 11:00 AM.

The official timing to leave the office is at 06:00 PM, but they are quite considerate towards that, and if there’s no work, you can take permission for leave.


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