Name. College. Year of Study
Anupama Mallik. KIIT Scool of Law. 4th Year.
Name of the organisation. City
Krishna and Saurastri Associates. Bangalore.
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office was not as big as I had expected. It was pretty small and there were not many people constituting the team as such. In all, there were around ten people in the firm.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I had applied directly to the person in charge of the internships and also to firm’s official id.
Firm’s ID: email@example.com
The email ID of the person in-charge of the internship, Mr. Vinodkumar Kotabagi is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
Though I had originally applied for 4 weeks, my internship was extended to 5 weeks. They have a 6 day working week though you might get the second and the fourth Saturday off.
The usual working hours were 9.30 to 6.30 but you might be allowed to leave early provided you finish the day’s work.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I had few of my friends staying in Koramangala, so I decided to stay in a PG there. There are a number of decent PGs available in that area (with facilities like 3 meals per day, internet connectivity etc etc.) but the only bad thing about staying that far from Majestic (Firm’s location) is that I had to travel for an hour and a half every day to reach the office.
Though, it was not an issue in the beginning, it somehow became awfully irritating towards the end of the internship.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The building where the firm is situated looked very old, so my first impression of the office was not that great. But as soon as I entered, my thoughts changed after meeting the people in the office.
As I had reached a little early on my first day (wanted to be on time to make a good impression but reached much before time), I had to wait for sometime for others to arrive. I met the person in-charge, and was introduced to others. I also had to report to the Partner on the first day, who told me what I was supposed to do during my internship.
Since, Krishna and Saurastri specializes in IP matters, I was given the majority of the work in IP litigation like trademark disputes etc. Also, the work involved Patent Prior Art search and filing of applications for Trademark registration.
The law firm also takes up family and property matters like Divorce cases, Property disputes etc, and I was assigned drafting work on the related cases.
The Partner also gives research projects to the interns, out of which one is supposed to be presented on the last working day of the internship.
I also witnessed court proceedings, the report of which I had to give to the Partner on the next working day.
Work environment, people
The work environment of the firm was indeed very good. The people were genuinely interested in what I had to say and were very helpful.
Since, I was the only intern, I was apprehensive about being treated like an outsider in the firm, but I faced nothing like that. Nobody treated me like a subordinate and everyone included me as a part of the team.
The work culture at Krishna and Saurastri and the fact that everyone was focused in their work, yet were jovial and fun, was something that I simply loved about the firm.
The best thing was, as I said earlier, the work culture and the work environment of the firm.
Also, the Partner of the firm, Mr. R Muralidharan makes it a point to interact with the interns in a very friendly manner and those interactions are just not related to the work but to his law school and professional experiences as well, among other things.
As a law student, I found those very helpful and will try to apply his tips wherever I can.
Regarding Krishna and Saurastri, I somehow did not find anything wrong or bad, just the fact that I could not have that many interactions with the Partner as he was mostly out of Bangalore for work.
As far as my internship is concerned, I did not like the part involving the everyday travelling since, Bangalore traffic is bad!
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
Since, I was the only intern, I stayed with the associates and went out to lunch, etc with them. In the law firm, it was mainly sort of all work and little play. Whatever fun I had, was outside with my friends, after I finished my day’s work at the firm.
Anything else you’d like to tell
One more thing that I would like to mention is that the law firm’s policy is to select just one intern per month. So, anybody interested in interning there, is requested to apply well in advance.
I am a student of IPR Hons. and so I was very much interested in doing an internship in an IPR Law firm.
Krishna and Saurastri Associates, was a great opportunity for me to explore the world of IPR and I can say that I really learnt a lot from the firm, especially by witnessing the IP litigation in the court and by the interactions that I had with the Partner.
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