Internship Experience @ Office of Hon’ble Justice Kurian Joseph, Supreme Court: Attend Courts Everyday, Research Work

Name. College. Year of Study


Name of the organization. City 

Office of Hon’ble Justice Kurian Joseph, Judge, Supreme Court

How big was the office? Team strength?

His office cum Residence is in a sprawling bungalow at Tughlak Road.

He has two law clerks and other admin staff.

He had a couple of interns too.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

One could apply through the admin department of the Supreme Court.

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

6 Weeks

Accommodation: how, where, how was it? 

Stayed with my family. But the office is situated at Tughlak Road and you can find a place on rent near Lajpat Nagar at a decent price. Tughlak Road Metro Station is just next to his house and as such, it is very convenient.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

I was really scared on my first day because I had not interacted with a Judge before. But to my amazement, I found that his lordship is a really wonderful and humble person. I was asked to report to his office where his secretary issued me a letter for a pass. I was then sent to court to attend the proceedings and got to meet him only in the evening.

He interacted with me for a few minutes and then shook hands with me and wished me luck. It was a wonderful moment for me.

Main tasks

The interns were expected to attend court everyday, make notes in the cases and come back to office after court. The law clerks would assign work fairly regularly involving research for judgments and his lordship’s speeches.

His lordship was kind enough to meet us on a regular basis and ask us about what we learnt in ongoing cases. On one or two occasions, his lordship directly gave us research work relating to some pending judgments.

Work environment, people

This is perhaps the perfect workplace. Every person in the office was really sweet. Justice Kurian Joseph is a thorough gentleman. He is the most humble person, I have ever seen. He would treat us really nice. The Law Clerks were pretty intelligent yet humble and had no airs about them. Mr. Siddharth, his law clerk was very approachable and always ensured that all our doubts were cleared.

He would explain everything very patiently- even when the doubts were silly or the research was not up to the mark. He would further ensure that the interns were taken care of. The interns were taken out for lunch pretty often and never did he allow us to pay.

It was a really enjoyable environment to work in. If you have any doubts, approach him. The other law clerk, Mr. Abhimanyu is also good though I didn’t get to interact with him very often.

The overall environment was relaxed and friendly. Another interesting thing to mention here is that almost every other day, there was a celebration in the office which everybody was a part of. All the employees were like one big family.

Best things

Everything. His lordship’s demeanour is unmatchable. He was always very approachable. The staff was pretty nice and jovial too. The Law Clerks were very efficient and sweet. The best thing is that nobody in the office had any air about them. They were all ever willing to help.

Bad things

Sometimes, there would be less work for interns although the law clerks were always occupied.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

Khan Market is pretty near to the office and we would all often go there for lunch.

Stipend/ month

No Stipend. But the environment more than makes up more for it.

Anything else you’d like to tell

Work here if you want to do litigation.

The exposure you would get in this office cannot be had anywhere else.

Biggest lessons

One must always remain humble in life even if one were to achieve the greatest heights.

Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.

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