Duration: December 2015
Location/ Food Arrangements: They have their office located at C-2/39, Safdarjung Development Area, New Delhi.
This is adjacent to Aurobindo Market, right next to Oscar Hotel.
The best part about the office location is that it is at a stones throw from both the SDA market and HKV, the and famous ‘Summer House Cafe’.
Other than that, there are a lot of excellent food joints nearby, which offer lunch at very affordable prices.
The office pantry itself offers coffee (on making request) , but interns are not offered evening refreshments, so they are advised to make their own arrangements.
Accommodation Tip: People, who are not from Delhi, can find decent P.G. accommodations near Green park, which will be nearest, and it will save them commutation costs.
Office Timings: 10 A.M. to 7:00, but you may be made to stay later, depending on work load.
First impressions/Formalities: Interns at TMT Law Practice were neither formally introduced nor briefed to the partners or associates on their first day, or later. In fact, there was minimal interaction with partners, and most of our work came through associates.
They have a satisfactory office space, but it tends to get cramped if there are more than 3 interns at a time as there are few work stations.
However, the trainee associates were extremely friendly and helped break the ice on day one.
They constantly guided us with our work and assisted us with any other issues that cropped up. Occasionally, they even treated us with doughnuts to encourage us, and raise our spirits.
Word of Caution: The environment is austere and partners and HR are very punctilious about office discipline. Interns are advised to maintain impeccable conduct.
They are strict about attendance, and arrival on prescribed timings and action (cancellation of internship certificate) may be taken against interns who do not adhere to the rules.
Work: As the name ‘TMT’ suggests the key areas of practice are Technology, Media and Telecommunications.
Therefore, this place will provide opportunity to learn for anyone interested in InfoTech, Sports, IPR and Media Laws.
They also deal with competition law and arbitration matters.
Work is assigned daily, either associates or trainees.
Work load may vary from day to day basis. If there are many interns, you may not get individual assignments, and there may be days where you sit idle, (specially in months where courts are closed.)
Key Takeaways: This is a decent place to intern for a second or third year student (for 5 year course) but I would not advise the same for 4th or 5th years, since the assignments do not pose any challenge for them.
They would not benefit much here, unless they wish to specifically work/ specialize in this sector of law.
Final Thoughts/Suggestions: If the associates and partners have a more mentoring attitude and gave more personal attention to interns, they stand to learn more and feel more comfortable working here.