Name of the organization. City
Tatva Legal, Bangalore
Duration of the internship
How big was the office? Team strength?
Office was reasonably sized.
There are about 10-15 associates and 5 partners.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
Drop a mail to Mr. N K Dilip, the partner, at firstname.lastname@example.org
They’ll get back to you in a few days regarding whether they have accepted you or not.
Remember that they do ask around about you by asking interns who are interning there/have interned there what you’re like, whether you’re responsible, how you study, etc.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
They work five days a week.
There is no set timing to report to work, however, they prefer it if you turn up on time at around 9.30 in the morning. Interns are expected to stay till 6.30 pm compulsorily and are not allowed to leave except in exceptional circumstances.
You are expected to inform a Senior Associate before leaving for the day.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Accommodation was not an issue as I live in Bangalore. However, for outsiders, there are plenty of service apartments in Indiranagar and a whole bunch of PGs that you can take on rent in Koramangala.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
I reported to work at 9 am the first day and was escorted by the security guard to the conference room where I was made to wait for a considerable period of time before a Senior Associate came to brief me.
They are quite strict about the behavior and the kind of work that they expect from interns. You are not allowed to bring your own laptop and are expected to use the office desktops.
The firm mainly deals with non-litigation work, that is, corporate and real estate. It is a very good place to work if you (like me) aspire to be a corporate lawyer. They allot some very good work to the interns.
However, be warned that since it is a non-litigation firm, there is not a constant influx of work and a lot of time, you will have to wait joblessly for some associate to allot you work.
They inform you about this on the very first day and make it clear that they do not encourage use of social networking websites during the day and expect you to do some constructive reading on the days when you are not allotted much work. They have a nice library with a good collection of books.
You are expected to maintain a worksheet with details of the work you have done throughout the course of your internship.
Work environment, people
In my opinion, the work environment is hostile. Everyone works really quietly the whole day and no one really talks.
There are some associates who take time to explain things to you and give you some really good work while there are some that are quite impatient and don’t really have time to explain anything to you and are not particularly nice when you do send them your work.
The partner Mr. Dilip is a very nice man who makes it a point to speak to all the interns and even invites them to have lunch with him. You can also directly approach him for work and he allots some pretty interesting work to interns.
The best thing about the internship was the nature of work. If you are leaning towards corporate law, this is a very good firm to intern with because of the kind of work that they do.
The office boys are also very nice and helpful and you are provided with coffee/tea twice a day.
Honestly, the environment was a little bit of a letdown. Most of the associates were hostile towards interns and very few of them would take you and your work seriously. This was a bit of a dampener on what was otherwise a very good internship work-wise.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
The firm is located in a very nice part of the city, close to MG Road. It is also very close to Brigade Road, which is a nice area to do some shopping, with good eating joints etc. It is also about a 100 metres from Garuda Mall, which has a food court where you can go to grab something to eat
Anything else you’d like to tell
Over all, it was a pretty good experience, except for the work environment and some of the frosty associates. They really do some very interesting non-litigation work, so if that’s what you aim to practice in, you will learn a lot from the internship.
I especially learnt how to deal with cranky associates over this internship. But I also learnt how to convert the idle hours of the day where I wouldn’t get any work into productive hours by doing my own reading and research regarding various areas of law.