Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Tanya Minocha, USLLS, GGSIPU, 3rd Year
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Vaish Associates, Advocates; New Delhi
Address: Mohan Dev Building Office, Connaught Place, Delhi
There were around 20 people working, out of which 2 were partners, 1 Principal Associate, 3-4 Senior Associates and some 8-10 Associates.
Application Process with contact details
Though I applied through my contacts but you can send your CV at firstname.lastname@example.org
But a constant follow up is necessary. They do reply to your mail within a week or so.
Duration of internship and timings
December – January, 2016
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The first day was spent in completing all the formalities that included introduction forms, confidentiality contracts, getting laptop settings synchronized with the available wi-fi connection, and making yourself accustomed to the place, environment.
Later on we had an interaction with the Principal Associate who allotted us a project/presentation/research paper to be made/submitted at the end of your internship on some current burning issue, something on which even the associates might be taking interest in.
The office size is not very big but it had sufficient space to adjust all the staff and the interns. It is decent enough. The interns at Vaish Associates were provided sufficient space to work and all worked together in a separate room cum library/ study area. It was equipped with a few desktops and of course, you had the option to work on your laptop as well, wi-fi/wired LAN connectivity being provided by them.
The interns area was not really adjacent to where the associates sat, so we could make use of that for our personal use and privacy to crack some jokes, talk about each other colleges’ and chit chat to relax and take small short breaks.
The office of Vaish Associates in Delhi has major focus on the practice related to Corporate law including Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers and IPR, and the firm is very well known for it.
The main tasks in this office are basically working on such propositions/research questions on which either the question of law is either disputed or undefined or is utterly confusing and unclear.
You then have to look into all such statutes/cases/articles where the thing in question finds mention and were related to the Companies Act, the FERA & the FEMA, SEBI Takeover Guidelines, the RBI Master Circulars, the Copyright Act, Patents Act, Competition Act, and sometimes the Civil Laws like CPC etc, Delhi Stamp Act etc.
You might as well have to do a simple case law based research as well which is a very basic part of every small and big internship. Every person over there has his/her own style of working and requirements to be fulfilled and you would have to adapt yourself accordingly for that.
Your response to all those queries/questions shall be in the form of small write ups of 3-5 pages including everything like the current position of law, what the commentaries say about it, what the courts have said and lastly your own viewpoint, suggestions and conclusion.
Work environment and people
The work environment at the firm was good. The friendly way in which the interns were dealt with is commendable. The atmosphere was extremely healthy, congenial and conducive which created a positive environment to work in for every intern.
There are always exceptions in every firm but most of them were equally approachable and one was free to revert through mail/intercom/personally in case of any query/confusion. There were no hierarchical formalities. There was not any kind of fooling around or people remaining absent for days and days together.
The good work done is duly applauded and appreciated on spot. The work done in a wrong/inefficient manner is constructively (sometimes heavily) criticized with the expected changes/outcomes being notified immediately.
You are always treated as a person who is working for the firm professionally and not someone who is small/big or above or below few people.
Since the office is located at central Delhi so during the lunch time you can go and have food in famous restaurants of CP.
Sometimes there was no internet connection in the office so it created a bit of problem. The interns room is segregated from the main office so associates are not able to keep a check on the interns.
There is only one database that is available in the form of Manupatra and there is no other legal research engine
It was my first time experience to intern in a law firm, but the biggest lesson which I learnt, which perhaps everyone should learn from their internships is that it is never too early to start.
With proper utilization and management of time, I always submitted my work within the allotted time and at the same time maintained the standard of the work also while submitting.
I stay at Delhi so accommodation was not a problem for me. But one can find PG’s near the office or in south delhi.
The office was 10 minutes-walking-distance away from the Rajeev Chowk (Connaught Place) Metro Station, which is perhaps the only Metro Station where trains from all the five lines cross each other.
The official timings are from 9:45 to 19:00 Hours. You are expected to be there latest by 10:15 which otherwise would create a bad impression, they do keep a note of your punctuality.
The working days are from Monday to Saturday except that 2nd and 4th Saturdays along with all Sundays are off.
You would never be required to work on those two Saturdays and the Sundays unless there is an extremely grave emergency and you yourself are so willing to forego this one day off.