Sanghmitra Singh. National Law University, Orissa (Cuttack). Third year
Name of the organization. City.
Karanjawala and Co., New Delhi. There are 2 offices in Delhi and I interned in the one in Cannaught Place, K.G. Marg; the other one being in Defence Colony. Address: Hindustan Times House, 18-20 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, India 110001.
Tel +91 11 5155 1911. Fax +91 11 51551910
Duration of the internship.
June 1st – 21st, 2013. (3 weeks)
How big was the office? Team Strength?
Not too big, but there`s a separate room for the Interns (which in fact, is the conference room so one might just be asked to leave if the same is needed by the associates for a meeting).
Also, there’s another tiny conference room, a small library, a kitchen and a small eating place.
The firm has six partners and a strength of around 55 lawyers at present.
Although most partners would mostly work in the other office (the Defence Colony one), the CP office would also get to see them once in every while.
Application procedure. Internship contact details.
I believe there isn’t a direct way to procure an internship with them.
I got mine through a personal contact of my dad’s (Not at all proud to be saying this).
I was simply asked to report at the reception at a particular time and submit my CV and I was working there from the very next day! Yeah, it is pretty simple if you have a contact.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings.
6 days a week (Yeah, working on Saturdays was a bummer), 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, it mainly depends on the amount of work one has got. One might as well have to stay till 8-8.30 p.m.
Also, because I interned in June, when only the vacation bench(es) of courts are working and because the associates themselves wouldn’t turn up till 11.30 or even 12, it was alright to arrive a little late.
And oh, in case there was too much work pending, the male interns would stay in till 10 p.m. Girls aren’t exactly encouraged to stay after 8, be it any office.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it.
I stayed in a PG in Nehru Place and the nearest metro station was just a 2 minute walk from there.
But to get to CP, I had to change the metro line twice and it usually took me an hour and a half to reach the office. So yeah, that was a task in itself but that worked fine for me as I got to explore the city and I can now proudly proclaim that I know all Delhi metro routes.
Also, travelling to and from the office is never really boring if you have a book to read (or music to listen to). But if you don’t like to travel much, it`d naturally be better to find an accommodation near CP/ Rajiv Chowk.
All my other co- interns were from Delhi/ NCR region only, so they too took the Metro.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The office of Karanjawala and Company was in the famous Hindustan Times building, which is a very shiny, flashy, swanky and flamboyant one.
There is water “wall” (no, not a fountain, an actual wall) visible as soon as you enter, the floors and shiningly slippery and the AC is shivering cold as it never works above 18 degrees centigrade.
In short, everything that I could imagine how a big, showy, corporate house would look like. The office is on the 12th floor and the elevator would take you there, playing the typical elevator music -Kenny-G’s ‘Havana’.
The office isn’t exactly welcoming and you’d be asked by the Receptionist to go directly to the Conference Room and wait till other interns would arrive.
After about an hour, rest of the interns arrived and one of the former interns forwarded us an Internship Form which had to be filled by us as and when we were assigned tasks.
We interns had a little introduction amongst ourselves. The associates however, weren’t much interested in getting to know us.
We waited for a while to be called for or assigned work but nothing of that sort happened. So we went to the associates ourselves to ask for work. We were finally assigned a small research task which 2 of us completed within 10 minutes. And then we were free again, for the rest of the day!
Main tasks (in detail).
Since it`s a litigation firm, we were mostly assigned work related to Criminal Laws. I got to work mostly on the procedural laws and I loved it as it was the first time I dwelled on it. We were also assigned work related to Corporate Laws and Personal Laws.
It is advisable to seek the help of the associates who assign you work while you`re at your task. Most of them would make you sit down and explain things and point out your mistakes without being condescending about it.
More often than not, 1 associate would assign work to 2 interns at a time and both of them together would work on it.
After this, this became a thing. One of the associates would enter the room and ask which one of us was free and was willing to work or was interested in a particular topic/ subject area.
I’d jump up to get the work assigned to me as I was always pretty reluctant to approach the associates myself and ask for work. We, interns would seek work in a topic that interested us and always helped each other out in completing a task.
Once we got a work where we had to go through a big, fat file and flag the important documents. Although it took up a lot of our time, I’m still not sure why we were given that work as it was more of a clerical work and we got to learn nada. But the 4th and 5th years’ students are assigned drafting work, rest of us – only research work.
Work environment, people.
As I already said, the environment isn’t exactly warm and welcoming but once you got to talking with the associates, they would love to teach you and help you out.
I mostly interacted with 2 of the lawyers who would assign me work. They would keep me on your toes and make me complete the task and reach the desired result.
Other than that, you`d hardly interact with the associates, if it is not related to work; the partners would come into the conference room and lash out on you; the receptionist would never fail to give you a cold shoulder.
But everything was just fine, because at Karanjawala I had the best co-interns with me. We made great friends and they made everything funnily better!
Best things? (Nothing is all bad)
Whatever few things I got to learn from my co-interns and the associates I worked for.
The great HT building canteen where there’s so, so much of food at affordable prices. + Because I was interning during the vacation time, we got to have lunch breaks as long as 2 hours, unless of course we had a submission deadline.
The clerical staff is friendly and always ready to help you out. The CCD coffee machine in the kitchen. One can have unending number of coffees and tomato soup throughout the day.
Bad things? (Nothing is all good)
Like I said, you would never get to know the partners or the associates you’re not working for. The work allotment depends on how good you are at finding work for yourself. Also, after a while, the work can get pretty monotonous and repetitive.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues.
The great HT building canteen which serves delicious food at reasonable price. The building has many more offices like the Competition Commission of India, HT, so you get to meet so many other interns.
Moreover, the office is located in CP, which, as many Delhi-ites like to call the ‘Heart of New Delhi’, so we would explore the whole area, have lunches at Mc-D, CCD Lounge, Barbeque Nation. In short, you’ll never run out of places to eat or stores to shop.
Also, for people who are a fan of Counter Strike, the associates love it too and there are times when the interns and the associates would play it for hours in the office, given of course that there isn’t work. That really works out great for people who are looking to interact with the associates.
The stipend is pretty good – 5000 bucks for 4 weeks! I for one, interned for 3 weeks and I got 4500.
Anything else you’d like to tell.
All in all, great experience; given that it was my first firm where I interned.
Be independent, do not be shy; if you can’t find work, go find it yourself. Complete the tasks with all your efforts and on time and you’d be appreciated.
I’d rate the internship experience at Karanjawala and Company at 7/10.