Internship Experience @ Sinha & Co, Kolkata: Attend Court Proceedings, Research Work

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Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Subarna Saha, National Law University Jodhpur, 2nd year, subarna.jhinuk@gmail.com

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Sinha & Co. , 5 Kiran Shankar Roy Road, Kolkata 700 001.

It is a litigation law firm lead by Advocate Paritosh Sinha consisting of senior advocates as well as a bunch of junior advocates.

Application Process

You need to apply to aditikarar@sinhaco.com

They generally prefer students from 3rd year onwards.

Once the internship is confirmed you will receive a mail regarding the duration of the internship. However you need to apply well in advance as they have only 10 slots for interns at a time.

Duration of Internship and Timings

3 weeks. November- December 2015.

Monday to Friday: 9.30 a.m to 6.00 p.m.

Saturday: 11 am to 4 pm.

However you may leave early once your work is complete.

First Impression, First Day Formalities, Infrastructure

I had to report by 9.30 a.m, after which I had to meet the HR head.

After a brief introduction she asked me if I had any particular preference, according to that I was assigned under an advocate.

They are quite strict about dress and the interns had to adhere to court room dress code.

The office is spread across two floors. The library has a decent collection of books. However there is only one computer for interns. So that might be a problem if you and co-intern need to use it at the same time.

Main Tasks

The kind of work assigned to interns completely depends on the senior under whom he or she is assigned.

I had to do a research on case laws of the expanded meaning of Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

There were also lot of readings assigned to me which included various provisions of RTI, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 including recent amendments etc.

Most importantly I had to read briefs and summarize them, making a list of date and events.

Regular visit to the High Court to watch court proceedings was mandatory.

Work Environment, People

Advocates are really helpful.

Also, the senior under whom the intern is assigned will necessarily ask questions regarding the work assigned. Hence it’s quite an engaging procedure.

However one has to keep on asking for work as advocates keep juggling between court and office and your senior might forget to give you work.

Good Things

The amount of readings that are assigned to the interns is quite enriching. Also, the delicious evening snack that is served everyday is perfect refreshment after a tiring day of work.

Overall it was a good experience. It might not be tier-I firm but it gives a really good opportunity specially to those who are looking for a career in litigation.

Bad things

No such bad things that I noticed.

Stipend

None.

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