Internship Experience @ Singhania & Co., Mumbai: Relaxed environment but perfectionist associates

Name. College. Year of Study 

Kishan Gupta, Dr. RML National Law University, 2 nd Year

Name of the organization. City 

Singhania & Co., Mumbai

Duration of the internship

24 Days

How big was the office? Team strength? 

Reasonable. Comprised of 2-3 halls with chambers and cubicles inside (like in Suits TV
serial). The team comprised of around 18 to 20 people.

Application procedure. Internship contact details 

I applied by mailing my CV with a Cover letter to [email protected] A follow up is necessary. Once my internship was confirmed, I received a call from them.

You need to apply well in advance. You can also mail it on [email protected]

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings 

6 days a week. 10 am to 6:30 pm (Monday-Friday) and 10 am to 2:30pm (Saturday) is the timing for interns. Sundays are the Holidays which helps you to explore ‘the city of dreams’.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it? 

I stayed at my cousin’s place. However, it is quite easy to get a PG in the Churchgate station area 1.5 km from which, the office is situated.

First impression. First day, formalities etc. 

Well located office in the commercial area of Mumbai (Nariman Point, Jolly Maker Chamber-II, 10th Floor). Basically, first day was full of formalities, introduction and interaction process.

When I reached the office, I was asked to sit and wait for the concerned person to arrive. Meanwhile, I was made to fill an Intern-application form. I was then warmly introduced with staff members and was explained how the firm operates by the Internship Coordinator. It took almost an hour to fulfill all the modalities and then I got the opportunity to interact with my co-interns and other associates.

I was given one cubicle (similar to that of other interns and junior associates) with a PC and all available resources possible to facilitate any assignment. They asked me to write an article on a topic which was to be posted on the firm’s website and as a part of clarification to be given to clients.

Main tasks (in detail) 

Main task included assisting the advocates in drawing applications/consent terms/plaints and research work on an ongoing matter. Meanwhile, we were asked to visit the Bombay High Court whenever there was a date of hearing in any case to follow up the procedures involved therein.

Further, we were also asked to separate legal news from 3-4 newspapers everyday to keep the newsletter section of the website upto date. The main research areas include Companies Act 2013, Interest Act 1978, CPC (Summary Suit), Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996, SIAC arbitration and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016.

Apart from research work, I had drafted Consent terms, Family arrangements, Legal opinions and letters for clients.

Work environment, people 

Completely relaxed! No workload, no deadlines, you just need to keep yourself busy in doing something since the Internship coordinator keep asking about the assignment you are working on. The partner makes a round of the office in every 1-2 hour to ensure no one is wasting life.

Apart from these two issues, there isn’t any eye watching you. If you have any doubt regarding the task or your career issues, you can at any time ask anyone for free advice. The Secretary is very helping and friendly and so are the other staff members. The associates are chilled though busy when situation demands.

Some of the times, interns were asked to give a presentation on a selected topic in front of all the partners and associates. You should work hard and look forward for the chance to impress them in whatever research work or job assigned to you.

Best things? (Nothing is all bad) 

The office is adjacent to Marine drive, so in the lunch time we used to sit there and just relax observing the waves. That was the best part of the whole internship.

Apart from this, the food part can’t be skipped. Although you will be served Coffee and cookies twice a day, there is a food stall just outside the Jolly Market chamber which is a perfect spot for any non-vegetarian. ‘Status’ restaurant can be the alternative for the veggies.

Bad things? (Nothing is all good) 

There is not enough space in the office to eat food and discuss life. There was only one chamber which was usually occupied by the firm’s associates at the lunch-time, so if you are planning to get lunch in the office, it would be right next to impossible. Though you always have the option to wait for everyone to finish first and then get into that chamber (which was really irritating).

Also, the door locked itself automatically from inside. So if you are an intern, it would be a frustrating job to wait outside till someone notice you from inside and unlock it.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues 

Singhania & Co. had a relaxed environment. There wasn’t any deadline to complete the assignments. The associates are at the same time chilled and perfectionist.

Stipend/ month

2000/month, though I believe the fact that more the knowledge we accumulate, higher the packages we secure at the time of placement. So, I prioritized knowledge and successfully completed my internship.

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