Name. College. Year of Study
Surpreet Kaur. Faculty of Law. 2nd Year.
Name of the organisation. City
Mr. K.K. Venugopal, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi
How big was the office? Team strength?
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Actually Mr. Venugopal has two offices, one in the basement of his house which is a small and comfortable place and the other, which is the new one is a whole separate building, just one or two buildings away from his old office with all the facilities and space one can imagine!
Mr. Venugopal basically has a team of five associates working for him with a whole separate clerical staff.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
The application procedure is pretty simple and the response is very prompt. one can mail in their Cvs with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and will receive an immediate response from his secretary. I applied for the internship on 1st August and next day I was interning at his office !
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
I interned there for a month and that is generally the maximum duration that they allow a student to intern. Office hours are generally from 9-9.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. 7 days/week but you get Fridays as half days.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Since I am from Delhi itself I used to travel from my home itself but otherwise you can look up for a pg near AIIMs or INA which would be close or even near DU campus where you would have a lot of ‘in the budget options’ an since the metro line is direct from Vishwavidyalaya to Greenpark you will reach there in like 30-35 mins which is not at all bad in Delhi.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
Since my First day was a Friday I got a half day on my first day of the internship itself. On the first day generally Mr. Venugopal meets his interns personally and hands them the reference required to make their Supreme Court pass for the whole duration.
After that everyone in the office leaves for the court and if you are lucky one of the associates might leave you there, otherwise you have to manage by metro . As such there are no formalities to be done. The clerical staff is pretty efficient and takes care of everything in advance.
My main task in the office involved mainly research work. In the morning you are given the list of all the cases with their courtrooms that will be taken up and you are expected to be in each and every case’s proceeding and are supposed to note down all the details that you can.
Later after the court, when you reach office by yourself, you are given case files to read and later given a topic to research from that case file.
You are also required to attend the conferences that happen, that is the meeting with the clients when they come to discuss their case with Sir, of the cases that you are working on. Most of the work in this internship will require reading different case files and researching the topics given.
Work environment, people
Generally the maximum number of interns that are allowed to intern in the office are two and during my time I was the only one so it was difficult in the sense that there was no one to talk to as the associates will talk to you only when they will hand you the work, other times you don’t even exist for them.
They will not ask you if you had your break or food or inquire about your college or law interests or anything. In short associates will not talk to you at all so if you do not have any other fellow intern, its gonna be really tough. The clerical staff is pretty nice and will assist you in every possible way.
Well, first has to be, working with Mr. Venugopal ( he is really sweet and always addresses his interns very politely) and the good amount that you earn as stipend which is generally Rs 8000 or more!!!
The travel that you had to do and that too yourself of going to court from office and from court to office and the fact that you get no reaction from associates for anything.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
Since I was alone I used make friends with other students that I used to meet in Supreme Court or used to carry on my studies in my free time. In the office you can go for a walk outside or get something to eat, the market is just 10 mins away but nothing else.
8000 or more
Anything else you’d like to tell
Its a suggestion that would benefit you a lot. Instead of coming to office at 9.30 in the morning and then collecting the list of that days cases and then running again to court, you can collect the list of cases on the previous evening itself and reach directly to the court which save you a lot of time and energy and the travel money!!! 🙂
I learned a lot about drafting from the internship, the basic structure of an SLP etc and since I did a lot of research, I’ll say that I became a little better in researching as well but I think for me, the biggest lesson would have to be survival..that I survived one month in an office without having anyone to talk to me! I think it made me really tough 🙂
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