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Karanjawala & Company Advocates, New Delhi

Karanjawal and Co. has two offices- one as main office which is at– 7, Factory Road, Near Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi and the other office at – 12th Floor, Hindustan Times House, 18-20, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi. There are total 6 Partners and around 40 Associates in the office.

Application Process with contact details

You can apply for internship by sending your CV at – internship@karanjawala.in

You get an auto generated mail when you send your CV at this id. But you are supposed to do a regular follow up. For follow- up, contact – Nipun Bhatia,

Duration of internship and timings

1st July, 2016 – 31st July, 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

Since it was my first day, I reached the office on the time as we were instructed to – 10:30 am. My first day impression was very good. We all were made to sit in the intern room which is at the basement. Almost all the interns were new at that time and were unaware of all the procedures. Later on the HR came and told us about the functioning of the firm.

After sitting without work for some time we all decided to go and hunt for some work upstairs but contrary to this most of the associates and partners were not there at that time since they use to go to the courts in the morning. Fortunately I got some productive work from one of the senior associate present at that time. Associates over here are very friendly. You will have to ask for your work over here.

Infrastructure of the office is just as big as its name. It had 3 rooms for the interns. Although sometimes we all used to sit only in 2 rooms as one of the room was used for meeting with the clients. Associates and Partners used to sit on first two floors, The litigation team used to sit on the first floor and the corporate team on the second floor.

Main tasks

The tasks assigned to the Interns were primarily research based tasks. They were mostly issue based research tasks although sometimes you would get fact based research where the lawyer would give you the fact scenario and you had to answer certain questions based on those facts.

The drafting work was given mostly to the 4th and 5th year students but fortunately since I was working with the Senior Associate in the firm, I got some drafting also.

Since it is a litigation firm, you get to witness substantial number of occasions of court-room matters and also corporate-office work culture and thus you get the experience of both sides of the legal coin. There was, however, no due diligence based work for the interns that was allotted during the time I was there.

The firm used to take up civil as well as criminal matters. There was not much of work with the corporate team. Although, I was assigned my first assignment from the corporate team pertaining to mergers and acquisitions.

Work environment and people

The work environment at Karanjawala was highly professional and relaxed. When one was given work and was expected to do it with all seriousness and diligence. Each note was scrutinized very carefully by the lawyers and most of the times the interns were encouraged and praised for whatever work they used to give.

But after that they all used to point out mistakes very politely and were asked to correct them. I guess Karanjawala works by the motto of perfection since that was what was expected from each task assigned to the interns.

The people at Karanjawala were extremely helpful, jovial and nice. And by people I meant associates, partners, and support staff alike. All the associates and partners were approachable. This was extremely helpful for the interns since generally a lot of them are hesitant in approaching partners but the same was not the case here.

Fortunately, my co-interns at that time were very friendly (exceptions are always there!). Most of the times, we all used to do all the work together regardless to whom the work was assigned.

Best things

As it is said that ” good things comes in small packages” but this was not the case in relation to this firm as it came in big packages. The firm gave the feeling of the corporate world and you will get to know a lot about it. There is a positive attitude that surrounds the firm and which may be because of the associates and the working staff. The interns are never pressurized and are always motivated to do a task.

I did my first drafting at Karanjawala and was even happier to see that how after drafting the Note, the lawyers took time and discussed the note me, understanding my position and approach to the task. This was definitely an enjoyable and educative internship since I received positive criticism and useful feedback on my work.

This also meant that everyone took a keen interest in your work if they could see that you had put in effort. The work environment and the people were definitely a plus point. The coffee machine was a huge support and the staff assisted well (except one or two). One can have unending number of coffees and tomato soup throughout the day.

Bad things

With so much of good things, it is hard to find some bad in the firm. But still it cannot be IGNORED!

Since the courts are functional in the month of July after the summer vacations, you do not get much work in the morning and at times there are either no associates in the office as most of them have some case listed for hearing.

The internet connectivity is also affected at times due to which you may face trouble in completing the assignments. We did no work for almost 3-4 days due to bad internet connection.

The firm should keep a check on the timings of the interns (when they used to come and go) as it was against the discipline of the firm.

Stipend

Rs. 5000/-

Biggest Lessons

Never say no to any kind of work. Even the smallest thing you learn, it will definitely help you in the future. You would get words of genuine appreciation and a feel of accomplishment when you substantially help in reducing it and contribute to the growth of the firm as a whole.

You should form a habit of jotting down everything so that you call recall it later on.In all, it was a great learning and memorable experience altogether.

Overall Rating

8

Accommodation

Since I put up at South Delhi, so accommodation was not an issue for me. Though, there are a lot of PG’S that are available in the South Extension and near Lajpat Nagar and Amar Colony which might cost around Rs. 5,000/- including electricity. Nearest metro station to the office is AIIMS and the office is hardly 5 minutes walk from this station.

Lajpat Nagar has plenty of places to eat with affordable tiffin systems, dhabas, restaurants and food-outlet chains. Also Lajpat Nagar has a very good connectivity

Office Timings

6 days a week, 10:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Though we used to reach office by 11:00 P.M. There was no strictness in terms of office timings. But most of the times we used to leave office by 5:00 P.M. due to no work or bad internet connection.

Sometimes if a work is given to you with a deadline, for instance, when a case is put up for hearing on the next day, then you might have to stay even till 8:00 pm.

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