Internship @ Advocate J. Sanghmitra Nandy, Kolkata HC: She is a humble woman who happens to be an absolute terror in the courtroom. Especially for the opponents

Name. College. Year of Study.

Abhishek Dash, Pendekanti Law College, 10th Semester

Name of the organization. City

Under Mrs. Sanghamitra Nandy,High Court at Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal

Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings 

June – June, 2013: 3 Weeks

How big was the office? Team strength?

Office at the residence, Spacious room with Benches, and well armed with a big library.

1 Junior. 1 Typist. 1 Intern.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

Approached directly through mutual contacts, to those without any mutual contacts, I would suggest to find the concerned person’s email id and mail directly.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I stayed at the place of a relative, 15 minutes away from the office, Extremely comfortable and friendly.  There are PGs nearby for outstation students.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

I was blown away by the stature of the woman who chose to remain a unmarried and dedicate her entire life for the interest of Justice.  She is a humble woman who happens to be an absolute terror in the courtroom. Especially for the opponents.

Main tasks 

1. Accompanying the lawyer to the High Court and various other courts on a daily basis.

2.  Assisted in drafting Writ Applications and Petitions, Petitions under Article 227 of the Indian Constitution.

3. Extensive research in probate matters and Civil Revision.

4. Prepared applications in LLRT Cases

5. Daily research on upcoming cases, going through cause list and preparing for the next day

Work environment, people.

My work station was in a silent corner of the office, where I could think and work in isolation, being surrounded by the library, ergonomics was of top quality which in turn increased the proficiency and willingness to do work.

Best things? 

1. Constant motivation.

2. Encouraging new views to a problem

3. Commending good work.

4. Observation of Client sessions.

Bad things? (Nothing is all good)

1. Extremely particular about being clean.

2. Summer and Calcutta are mortal enemies.

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

Calcutta is the place to be if one is a foodie, street food being the icing on the cake, and since the office is in Salt Lake, a visit to the stadium and home of Mohun Bagan, which is near the  Cricket Stadium is a must! I happened to meet a lot of interns under other Lawyers at my time there, and we all got along very well.


No Stipend, but I received two signed volumes of Code of Civil Procedure authored by Justice A. K. Nandi, Retired Judge at the High Court at Calcutta, which I pride to be above any form of monitory payment.

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons

Being a “Probashi” Bengali from Hyderabad my time in the City of Joy was a new learning experience to the whole Bong way of life. The city that has been the epicenter of many great things over time lived up to my expectations and the whole imposing sight of the High Court was something that has to be felt, and I felt like, I was home.

I intend to go back there at the first opportunity I get and relive the whole experience once again and meet all the friends that I have made and not to forget to eat all the food and become round like a football again!


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