Name of the organization and City.
Singhania & Co., Bangalore .
Duration of Internship.
How big was the office? Team strength?
Singhania’s office is located in one of the prime locations of Bangalore, MG Road, near to the metro station.
It is one of the old school firm and law evidently, their office is situated in one of the oldest buildings, i.e, Mittal Towers (where when I interned, the lift didn’t work and you can easily shred some extra pounds).
[Edited]. This place might not be the right place for you, if you expect a fancy huge law firm. [Edited]
There were three of us (from the same college) and a LL.M student from NALSAR, Hyderabad and we were supervised by one of the oldest advocate there.
There was absolutely no place in and around, where you could go out (no recreational area). If you were to hang out somewhere during the lunch hours, it would only be going downstairs and then again climbing up (4th floor. Is tiring! You might want to skip the lunch itself.)
If you are done with Intellectual Property Rights as your subject, then it is not a bad place to be. They will pile you up with work and would want you to follow the strict ‘office-hours rule’ BUT if not, then you would end up running for your life!
Application procedure. Internship contact details.
Applying for a Singhania internship is easy.
You just have to call them up and tell them about your college and your current academic year and he/ she would ask you to come with your CV for an interview (which apparently turns out to be a life lesson later)
Contact: 08025588763/ 09945355449
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings.
Best part of interning at Singhania Bangalore is the flexibility of timings.You can skip a day or two without even informing.
However, they would ask you to come early and leave early (10 am- 5 pm) regardless of how much work they give (if they give you the interns work at all!)
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
The office is in one of the prime locations so there is no problem of bus connectivity and if you are new to Bangalore you would easily find PG’s and other youth hostels nearby.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
I was very excited to work in Singhania but the first day was a [edited] disappointment. I was the only person wearing formals, among the interns.
I sat there, in the conference room with my co-interns/classmates for my ‘so called interview’ which soon became a more of a family introduction.
I was taken aback for a moment when the senior advocate started sharing about his life experiences. [Edited] It was probably just a joke to them, but it sure wasn’t funny to me.
So my first day in the office was a bleak. I was given absolutely no work for the next four days. Besides fun talks with the advocate, there was no reason for the interns to stay in the office. We were often asked some questions related to Company law, Contracts, Family law.
[Edited] we chose to stay put for the sake of the certificate. He was a genius for dissolving a tensed situation with a bon mot.
After five days of continuous monotony, finally they gave us a case law on company law which was worth appreciating.
He taught us how to go with it and how to compile the big fat files of cases in a precised and systematic manner. That was pretty much it!
Our main task in the Singhania office was to listen to him speak (about his experiences, voyages, conferences, etc.).
He was fun to talk to but sure not a person to reach out to, when you are looking forward to intern and gain something out of it.
Sometimes his witty pronouncements used to produce a burst of raucous laughter in the office ([edited]?).
[Edited] We almost explored all the nice eating joints near MG road because that is all you can do there to pass your time.
During the course of my internship at Singhania Bangalore, I dealt with three cases ONLY. No researching involved.
We just had to go through the facts and articulate them and at the end of the day he would expect us to have a brief discussion about it.
Work environment, people
Work environment was good for those who were done with IPR subject, since they only give REAL work to students who have knowledge about trademarks and patents.
For us, the other interns, there was no work at all.
People were very warm and friendly, you could ask them about anything (be it law or not!)
Your associate pays for your coffee too 😀
Best things and Bad things:
Best thing is that you can learn a lot about various things there like why to become a lawyer, what to pursue after your LL.B (he would literally convince you to go for litigation). Except for law, I learnt a lot.
You get to know and meet students from other colleges and befriend them (which pretty much happens in every internship)
People at Singhania treat you really nicely. It feels like home there. If you are not so confident of working in a firm (maybe, it’s your first internship) then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. This internship will throw all your fears out.
Bad things: Too much of criticism already, too much perhaps! The whole point of ‘going- to-a-lawfirm-to-intern’ is MISSING there, as you don’t get any kind of work (not even clerical. Who would want that anyway!).
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues.
Pretty much chilling, everyday. No stipend for us but I guess students of final year did get some, not sure.
I am probably giving a warning to others planning to intern here without having the knowledge of IPR, too bad though, NOBODY gave me a red signal!
If you want an internship for the sake of a certificate then Singhania Bangalore is the right place (for second year students).