Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Protik Prokash Banerjee, Senior Advocate, Calcutta High Court.
Email id: [email protected]
I applied for the internship around mid-February through email. I was intrigued, if not elated, by the reply from him. In brief what he meant was, INTERN AT YOUR OWN RISK, I AM THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOUR LIFE!
Duration of internship and timings
7th June, 2015- 6th July, 2015
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
Nevertheless I summoned all the courage I had and turned up on a Sunday in his chamber in Moulali. And I must tell you, I didn’t take a wrong decision.
The chamber is comprised of two rooms full of books. And there are not only law books but books on every possible subject. The chamber is in no way less than a Starmark or a Crossword.
On the first day, we had a brief talk about the rules and regulations that I had to follow and the kind of work that would be given to me.
In the court I didn’t have much of a work, except watching the court proceedings and learning the art of argument from Protik Da. The real work was at his chambers. My assignments were mainly research oriented. I had to read the books and bare acts that pertained to the cases he was dealing with at the moment in order to assist him.
I was taught how to draft a legal document and I believe that was the most important part of my internship. I had to attend the conferences Protik Da held with his clients which was a great lesson in interaction with clients.
Work environment and people
The chamber was perfectly suitable for work. The very moment you enter the chamber, a sense of work ethic in the environment creeps into you and Protik Da’s juniors and clerks are really helpful and amicable.
If you are ready to work, you wont face any discomfort, that is something I can vouch for. Just make sure that you’re attentive when Protik Da is instructing you about your work or else you’re doomed!
Apart from my work, I did have a good time too. Protik Da is the man who exemplifies the term “Bengali intellectual”.
He probably knows about everything under the sun. From Mozart to Pink Floyd, from Wordsworth to Neruda, from Satyajit Ray to Tarantino, he has listened to almost every good music created, has read every good book that has been written and has watched every great film that has been made.
These are the qualities that make him such an interesting person to talk to!
Sometimes there was no work at all. Now if you want to call that bad!
Becoming a successful litigator requires back breaking effort, it isnt a cup of tea. But if I am willing to work hard, well then, only sky is the limit.
Any Other Thing
One day he was telling us how we learn a lot of things from gaming, for example “Assasin’s Creed”. Since I had completed the game recently, I seized the opportunity to brag about my knowledge about the Crusades. His response was, “You know nothing!” and then he gave us a detailed account from the time Julius Caesar came to power to the fall of Constantipole.
All this while I was listening to him with my mouth wide open in admiration of the brilliant story-teller whose knowledge was gargantuan. The narration was so vivid that for a moment I thought he was one of those Roman philosophers who was present in Rome while all this happened. And after the immaculate narration was complete, he gifted me a book on Roman civilisation.
So, to everyone who is reading my internship experience with Protik Da, I shall suggest you to intern with him atleast once in the span of the five years of law school. You will not only be taught about the subject of law, but about each and every aspect of life.