Name, College, Year of Study:
Rahila Iftekhar, Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore, 2nd Year.
Name of the Organization, Location:
Swamy & Swamy Associates, # 29/30, 58th Cross, 4th Block, Rajajingar, Bangalore – 560010.
The application is done a minimum of one month in advance by sending an email to the office’s mail id:swamyandswamy01[at]gmail.com attaching the CV and cover letter along with making a phone call to the organization’s head Adv. Vinay Swamy Sir: 98440 57099.
Duration of Internship:
Three weeks i.e., 18th Jan 2019 to 9th Feb 2019.
9:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
First impression, First Day Formalities:
The day started at 9:30 am where I was given the tour of the office along with a briefing of the work which I would be doing in the following weeks, by the intern head advocate.
Abhilash H S who is an associate at the office. I was also given a briefing on the first case that I would be working on. I then familiarized myself with the surroundings and spent some time working on the said case.
After which I went to Civil Court to observe the proceedings and spent the remainder of my day researching on that case along with another one.
Work and Environment:
The work environment was friendly and open. Considering the fact that it was my first legal internship the intern head was especially patient and answered all my queries apart from providing information about court proceedings, case briefings, and other problem-solving information.
All work done by me was monitored by the intern head.
The head of the organization, Adv. Vinay Swamy sir was easy to approach and played a guiding role in the work done by me. I was able to have meaningful conversations with Sir on the general legal affairs happening currently.
The intern head, Adv. Abhilash H S was friendly and provided with helpful advice beyond the work which had to be done.
Although most of the work was given by the intern head, there were certain matters in which I had to communicate directly with Adv. Vinay Swamy sir.
During the internship, I was given exposure to the practical reality of court proceedings and how they work. The organization mainly deals with Civil Law focussing on Property Law, Banking Law, Consumer Law and Family Law with occasional criminal cases.
My work in Research took the form of Case laws, Books, Commentaries, All India Reports, Commentaries. I also had to read the case files of the cases which I was researching on.
I got the opportunity to explore a wide area of laws including Transfer of Property Act, Specific Relief Act, Limitation Act, Guardians and Wards Act, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, Juvenile Justice Act, Hindu Succession Act, SARFAESI Act, Negotiable Instruments Act, Civil Procedure Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Evidence Act.
As an intern, I regularly visited the City Civil Court and High Court aside from Debt Recovery Tribunal and Family Court in order to observe court proceedings and learn from them.
The diverse kinds of cases that came to the firm were the main reason that made the internship absolutely worthwhile since it gave me the opportunity to gain experience in the most crucial areas of laws.
I always had some work on my table and associates made sure that I learn from each and every task assigned to me.
Apart from the positives that have been discussed so far, I got a chance to express my views about the cases I worked on, during which political and current issues discussions happened as well.
I was able to spend a lot of time during lunch breaks interacting with the intern head whom I got to learn a lot from.
It was a learning-based environment, where I was able to express my potential without any stress
Although, could have been avoided, traveling from home to the internship place took a lot of time and energy.
Other than that, there were no bad or negative things.
Litigation as a career requires extreme hard work, dedication, and sincerity which leads to no time for personal engagements but, this is the harsh reality one needs to admit.
Moreover, it’s not all about the knowledge of the law but the apt and accurate application of the same, in order to be a successful litigating advocate
Showing that you are passionate about the work, punctual and dedicated will make a lasting impression that could benefit you in the future when it comes to asking for a reference.
Internships can be a lot of fun, so relax, take it one step at a time, be calm and get to know the new people around you and enjoy yourself along with the internship.
Accommodation and Travel:
As a resident of Bangalore, I had to travel a fair distance to and fro every day. However, one could opt for a Paying Guest situation if so desired.
None. But experience makes it worth it.