Aniket Sachan, II year, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow.
Name of the Organization, Location
National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi.
I applied for this internship in month of September as we get winter break in month of December. So, I sent my CV and cover letter on following email-id: [email protected]
I will recommend to send your email for internship 3 months before the internship starting date and keep on sending a follow-up mail every month.
Duration of Internship and timings
I interned at NALSA during period of (6th December, 2017- 28th December, 2017). Since NALSA internship usually comprises of visits and there was no fixed timings. As the purpose of visits used to get cover we could depart.
About the Internship Programme
NALSA offers a unique internship programme where the interns are given a choice with regard to the district (you can choose your home district and if you want to roam and travel then any other district of your choice) they want to intern in during the first 10-11 days of their internship.
After a 2 day break, they require you to report at the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) Office in New Delhi where you complete the rest of the internship. while I was interning we did not need to report NALSA office as we were provided schedule of visits and we had to directly reach there.
The Authority offers internship twice the year, i.e, one during Summer in the month of June-July and other during Winter in the month of December- January.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
As mentioned above, first 10 days you can do in any district of your choice. So, I did my first 10 days internship at my hometown in Kanpur. I along with one of my friend who too was interning were supposed to reach DLSA office in Kanpur District Court.
It was a small room giving a true government office feeling. Files stacked up and dull climate. We were welcomed by the member there and later introduced with Secretary of DLSA who acquainted us with working of DLSA and NALSA. She later prepared our schedule of visits and fixed each date for particular visit.
This internship is great for 1st and 2nd-year students as it does not demand knowledge of procedural laws and is more of field work and visits full of new experiences. You will also have full independence to visit other places as there no fixed reporting and departing time.
While interning at your respective districts you will be required to study the working of the district legal service authority you are working in and interact with panel advocates.
In district I visited, family courts, magistrate court, District judge court, session judge court etc and saw the proceedings. I also saw case files and got acquainted with working of these court.
During my first 10 days, I visited mediation center, Lok Adalat, village literacy camp, district jail, child observation home, juvenile home, orphanage, old age home etc. At all these places, the experience was enriching.
In Delhi we visited Mandoli jail complex, child observation home, juvenile justice board, high court and court room of then Chief Justice Geeta Mittal, CWC and directorate of family welfare.
We were divided in group of four so as to ease the work.
Work Environment and People
Work environment was very much relaxed and quite amicable as we generally did not have any time limit we could leave as soon as the interns were done with visit as assigned to us and we were able to hang out with co-interns to nearby places.
The staff at my district were very cooperative and the internship was a combination of both learning and fun.
But on other hand, I got to learn lot of things. I also got to know how legal aid is provided in these institutions.
The staff members at NALSA were very efficient in updating us about the visits and schedule.
The best thing about the internship was that every day we were given different places to visit that was best thing about internship. You get to visit those places which normally don’t go and this internship is very good for 1st and 2nd year law students.
It’s only good for 1st and 2nd years. After the second year, interning here is not worth according to me.
No Stipend. (Ya, I can understand it hurts, but finally you have to bear all cost.)
I stayed at my relatives’ house in North Avenue. You can live to any other places also which is quite suitable for you. In Delhi PG’s are easily available.
The office timings were generally from 10 am to 4 pm but it differed every day as we generally had visits all through the internship. I mostly used to get free by 3 pm.