Name. College. Year of Study.
Name of the organization. City.
National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), Delhi.
How big was the office? Team strength?
There were total 5 interns in my batch and the employees’ strength was not more than 20-25.
The interns were supposed to sit in the conference room, “the pride of NALSA” as it was the most commodious and luxurious room among all the other rooms.
Application procedure. Internship contact details.
I applied for the internship with National Legal Services Authority by sending my CV and cover letter to the email id firstname.lastname@example.org
Since they were not having any internship programme for the period during which I applied, I had to contact the Under-Secretary, Mr. G.B Ravichandran personally and request him for the same.
Usually a three month prior application is enough. Reply will be sent only 1 month before the internship.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings.
4 weeks, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5.30 pm.
Timing was not strictly followed and the interns could report at any time according to their convenience except on the days of visit.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed at my relatives’ place so accommodation was not a problem for me. But for others, good PGs are available in south extension area.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The first day I was introduced to both the under secretaries of National Legal Services Authority, Mr. Thakur and Mr. Ravichandran.
All efforts were taken from their side to make the interns feel comfortable and details of the whole internship programme were given.
Also the interns were made to read the National legal services act 1987 and we had a small discussion on that.
The whole internship programme in National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) is divided into 2 parts and mainly involves visit to different places like jail, courts, and parliament.
In the first part, 2 weeks are spent in NALSA and in the second part the other 2 weeks are spent in Delhi Legal Services Authority [DALSA].
In NALSA the first 2-3 days I was made to do petitions, i.e. read the petitions received by NALSA and then write the brief of it and the further steps that should be taken.
NALSA organized our visits to “PARLIAMENT”, Supreme Court and Delhi high court.
I also assisted the member secretary Mr. Saratchandran on a few cases taken up by NALSA.
NALSA also gave me the opportunity of interaction with Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir who was the executive chairman of NALSA.
The DALSA internship programme involved only visits.
It started with visits to permanent and temporary lok adalats, family courts and various district courts in Delhi.
Getting the opportunity to watch the totally confidential mediation proceedings at the Rohini court’s mediation and conciliation center and the actual process of legal Aid given to seekers of legal aid was exceptional.
The most interesting visits were visits to Tihar Jail and Rohini Jail and interaction with the inmates.
In Rohini jail the food provided to the inmates was served to us also as a welcome gesture.
The visit to Child welfare committee and Juvenile Justice Board was also exceptional.
Work environment, people
The work environment at National Legal Services Authority was very intern friendly and comfortable.
The comfort of intern was given the highest priority by both Mr. Thakur and Mr. Ravichandran.
The time of the visits was also decided according to the convenience of the interns and the interns were free to approach both Mr. Thakur and Mr. Ravichandran any time for any help.
During the visits pick and drop facility was provided by NALSA and DALSA and special care was given for the interns from place outside Delhi.
1. Opportunity to interact with the then Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Justice Altamas Kabir
2. The world famous tea facility of “Guddan bhaiya”. Tea was offered any number of times whole day at NALSA.
3. The food at Rohini Jail.
Not much of legal work was involved in the whole internship programme.
Sometimes the interns were not taken back from the place of visit by DALSA people which used to cause inconvenience
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues.
The best way to chill in NALSA was to have talk and discussions with Mr. Thakur, Mr. Ravichandran and all the interns.
Also India Gate was just opposite the office building and so we used to go there frequently for hang outs.
Anything else you’d like to add.
I’d like to add, that this is an excellent place for a first year student of law to intern, as it provides for an insight into practical aspects of Law.
Moreover visit to jail and courts are a must aspect in a law students’ educational life and internship at NALSA completes this requirement.
What we see in movies about jail is totally different from what is there in reality.
You can read more about NALSA, HERE.
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