Internship Experience @ Chambers of Ms. Pinky Anand, ASG, Delhi: Supreme Court Visits; High-Profile Case Research

Name, College, year of study 

Bhavya Bhatt, Lloyd Law College, Third year (BA.LLB)

Procedure to apply for the internship 

Send an email with a cover letter and your CV to [email protected], 4 months prior the month of internship. I had sent my CV in the month of December, I got a confirmation e-mail exactly two weeks before my preferred month of internship.

Duration of the internship and timings and locality 

1 March 2018 till 31 March 2018.

The timings are not fixed as such. We were expected to reach the Supreme Court latest by 10:15 AM (Monday to Friday) and the office on weekends by 11:00AM. The outgoing timings would go beyond 9PM on all days if there was some work, esp. Raju Sir’s (Ms. Anand’s husband). Also, you shouldn’t expect holidays on weekends, at all.

The office is located at Niti Bagh, nearest metro station is the Green Park Metro Station, after which you can take the auto to reach office.

First day formalities, office space 

Initially when we were called to the office on the first day of internship at 11AM, it seemed like a chilled out day (considering the previous internship reviews) however, after we were briefed, and the tasks which followed after it surely made Day One, one of the most exhausting days of my life (SERIOUSLY).

Since I was put up at Greater Noida and commuted from there, I was allowed to leave around 8PM – 8:30PM which was considered “early” by the associates as everyone worked till 10:30 including a few interns who stayed nearby.

As far as office is concerned, Interns are given a small room, which ideally accommodates only 5-6 interns and thankfully we were just 6 of us for this month, so the room was bearable. We were given tea once in the whole day (if you’re a coffee person, make sure you carry coffee pouches with you if you want to drink coffee) so that relieved the stress that we had gotten into us after all the work especially some days after the court.

For lunch, we often hogged on the Supreme Court food which was cheap on levels and tasty as well. At office, Swiggy came to our rescue and we were offered a discount at this restaurant called ‘Jugheads’ when we told them we were from Ms. Anand’s office.

Main tasks 

At the Supreme Court, we were expected to report to the associates on whatever item number was on, in the respective court rooms and we were given tasks like filling up the Appearance slips, visiting the library for books and helping out the associates to prepare for their cases. At office,the tasks included everything ranging from  conducting in-depth research to making opinions, case notes, judgment notes, analyzing of judgments and cases and every possible legal thing under the roof of this office.

Since there was no direct interaction with Ms. Anand, the associates handled us, and they made sure we weren’t left without work. If at all there was  a time when either of us would be without any work, Raju Sir used to give us some nerve racking research to do which he expected us to finish within his given deadline.

The work given by Raju Sir sure as hell used to be stressful, considering how one couldn’t afford to be wrong in front of a lawyer like him, but his work taught me a lot. All what was taught in constitutional law at college made sense while dealing with the research. That is when I realized how fruitful this internship was (Got to assist a case, up close with Raju Sir and Ms. Geeta Luthra, which was a cherry on the top)

Work Environment and People 

The environment at the Supreme Court is not unknown to any intern.

Office Environment (no offence to anyone) isn’t as friendly as I expected it to be (I feel like the previous internship reviews of this office were a tad misleading). Anyway, the associates are only concerned with their work that they allot to you and they expect you to be super humans and finish the work ASAP.

Majority of the times, the work that I got used to be very interesting so I always did it before the deadline. There are around 8-10 associates under Ms. Anand and Raju Sir and only about 2-3 of them were the ‘to-go’ associates who we could talk to and in return got a friendly response from them. The others weren’t that welcoming to us as interns and that made the office environment a tad gloomy and unpleasant.

Best Things 

An internship under the Additional Solicitor General of India isn’t that bad an option to expose one self to Litigation. This kind of an internship reflects very affirmatively on the CV. As far as the best things about this internship is concerned, it’ll be all the times when I got to research for high-profile cases.

Research for cases like these makes you feel privileged to be able to contribute whatever you can to such cases which the whole country knows about. And as a law student who stumbled upon cases of Ms. Anand at college level, got me very excited to give in whatever I could in the due course of my internship. I got to learn a lot and the research that I was allotted enhanced my research skills on levels that couldn’t have been possible had I not had interned here.

Another best thing about this internship was the friends I made, whom I cannot thank enough for being a pillar of support for one another every time an associate took out their anger on us. If you’re a dog lover, Coffee (Ma’am’s Golden Retriever) can help you lighten up your gloomy mood because of all the work.

Bad things  

An intern isn’t really there to do clerical work like getting the print outs from the printer, or numbering the pages. An intern isn’t there to ease up the work burden of the associates. An intern, interns in places with the sole purpose of learning something, inculcating knowledge and enhancing his/her skills. Same was the thing with me. But this internship, keeping aside the best things that it had with it, had a number of bad things as well.

First, was the rule of every intern to be present at the Supreme Court on a miscellaneous day. Interns aren’t allowed to enter court rooms on a miscellaneous day i.e Monday and Friday and if you try entering the room, good luck! The guards will kick you out of the court room if you resort to do so. I honestly have no idea why they called us on a miscellaneous day when we weren’t allowed to enter the court rooms.

We were given the task of reporting the item numbers that flashed on the LCD screens outside the court rooms. The whole day would just go in this and no one would inform us when to leave for office, even after the items were done for the day. This was annoying since we spent the whole day doing nothing other than reporting on the official office WhatsApp group. I felt like our time was simply put to waste on miscellaneous days.

Other court days were not different since we got the same task of reporting the item numbers. The only difference was that we got to enter the court rooms and then report. Every associate needed an intern in the court rooms where they had their case, just so they could resort to our help by telling us to get xerox of some cases, or get a few books from the library.

One of the worst things was that we weren’t given the case files of the cases for next day, neither were we briefed about it. Therefore we had no idea as to what was the matter in the case, and all that was left was for us to pretend to be dumb, in case any advocates or other interns inquired about it.

The associates (sparing 2-3 of them) weren’t at all considerate and didn’t acknowledge the work any of the intern did for them. After a while, the work that was allotted by those associates felt like a burden since we knew they just wanted to get it done with.

Stipend 

I have seen in a lot of internship reviews that stipend doesn’t matter but all that matters is the name of the ASG or a reputed lawyer on the CV, but honestly, it may seem very fancy to intern under a huge name like Ms. Anand, but the “no stipend rule” was a let down. Yes, you learn a lot from internships and internships are meant to teach you a lot, but the amount of labor that is extracted out of interns, in the name of an internship is plain sad.

Overall Rating

7/10

 

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