First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
There was nothing special about the first day. The HR introduced me to the lawyers and my co-interns. I was assigned a desk and given a welcome kit that included a JSA notebook and a pen. I was told to only use the common intern id and lose the computer assigned only for research purposes and not for other stuff. 😉
I prepared reference guides on insurance laws; IRDA Regulations, SEBI guidelines, RBI circulars etc. and labour laws. I assisted in due diligence, did research on Bank guarantee, transfer of shares under Companies Act 2013.
I made presentations on Overseas Direct Investment by Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), Opening of Branch office, Representative office or starting a JV abroad, and a presentation on incoming investments and did detailed work on Depository receipts and Participatory Notes against the background of the capital markets scene in India and abroad.
You can feel free to walk up to any Partner or Associate to request for work. Trust me, they’ll be more than glad to delegate some to you! Ensure that you try working with different lawyers on different assignments so that you get a taste of the diverse work undertaken by the firm and also experience working with different people.
Work environment and people
JSA Chennai has a beautiful and well-furnished office that boasts of a well-stocked library. The Associates gel well and it is really nice to work with them. They are friendly, approachable and very helpful. Though they are kind people, they’ll know if you are trying to take them for a ride.
So you must ensure that the quality of your work is par excellence and that you meet deadlines regularly.
One of the best things is the lunch time when Associates, Partners and interns eat together! Food is generally ordered form outside and shared with everyone at the firm. The firm also engages a maid who prepares snacks for the office folks everyday! They also keep a fridge and stock some other food items that’ll feed the grumbling tummies of the focussed workaholics.
There is hardly anything that I would like to cite as a negative point about JSA Chennai. Sometimes, the snacks served weren’t very tasty. Probably, they could work on that. 😛
Rs. 1500 per week
An equity partner at JSA once sat the interns down separately and interacted with us about our goals and ambitions. Her words of wisdom were invaluable. When she told us about her struggles in establishing herself as a name to reckon with in the legal sector were inspiring.
This brief interaction taught me to make the most of the opportunities that life presents to me and work hard with determination and never to lose focus if ambitions are to be attained.
Any Other Thing
Well, let me just add that there are amazing places near JSA office to hang out with co-interns. Do check out Zaica, CIti Centre, Dominos, Cafe Coffee Day, Marina beach, Grill 9 and the other places nearby!
I live in Chennai so accommodation was not an issue. You can look at paying guest accommodation options in Mylapore areas.
We are expected to work for 5 days a week, from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm. Though Saturdays and Sundays are officially not working days, we could be required to report if an associate calls us. A co-intern of mine was called for almost all weekends!
If you cannot reach on time, ensure that you inform the HR in advance but if a Partner calls you to come in by a certain time, you need to arrive by that time.
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