Internship @ Lawyers Collective, Delhi: Friendly Environment, Challenging Research Work

Name, College, Year of Study?

Laavanya Chopra, ILS Pune, 2nd Year

Name of Organisation, City? 

Lawyers Collective Human Rights Initiative, Delhi

Duration of internship?

1 month

How big was the office? Team Strength? 

Lawyers Collective’s office was not very big or very small either . The team comprised of about 20 people.

Application Procedure? Internship contact details? 

I saw their call for interns on Lawctopus and applied . They offered me an internship within a week.

Timings? Number of working days per week? 

The timings were from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening. The timings were flexible .

There were days when I reached by 10 and left at 4 but its best to adhere to the timings.

Accommodation: how? where? reviews? 

I live in Noida so I traveled by the metro. But, there are a number of PGs in Delhi so accommodation shouldn’t be a problem

First Impression? First day? Formalities? 

On my first day I was asked to read the Domestic Violence Act as I had no knowledge of it . Thereafter, I was asked to read Lawyers Collective’s annual report, which gave me a fair idea of the kind of work they do.

Everyone was friendly and helpful in the office.

Main Tasks?

I was given a number of things to do. I had to make case notes and summaries on a number of domestic violence and sexual harassment at the workplace cases not only pertaining to India but also in the USA and Canada.

I was also asked to work on the landmark case of State v. Ram Singh (Nirbhaya case) and prepare a timeline of events . I had to go through the domestic violence orders of the state of West Bengal and tabulate the information .

Time and again I was given research work, which the associates would need.

Work Environment? People? 

Lawyers Collective was relaxed and not too strict . Everyone was friendly and was ready to explain anything that you didn’t understand. There were a number of co interns so it wasn’t boring.

The only problem was that they had some renovation going on so the interns had to sit in a tiny cubicle all together on one table which could cause problems sometimes.

Best things? 

It was a great first internship. The people were friendly and the work was good.

Things that could’ve been better? 

The area for the interns to do their work and the mechanical work that we sometimes got like typing and proofreading.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns? 

We could go out of the office if we wanted to but I never did.

Biggest lessons? 

My biggest lesson was that law has a variety of fields to work on and social justice and social work is one such field that most people ignore which in fact shouldn’t be done .

Organisations like Lawyers Collective for the upliftment of women, which is needed in this day and age.

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