Name of the organization. City
Vichar Partners, Chennai.
Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings.
May 2013 (4 weeks). The office timings on weekdays were from 9.30 am to 6 pm but if there was work pending one could either stay back and work on it or work from home.
Weekends was an off but if there was urgent work to be submitted, they worked half day on Saturdays.
How big was the office? Team strength?
Vichar Partners was set up in September 2010 in Chennai. Prior to setting up Vichar Partners, the three partners headed other law firms and/or practice specialities in the south of India for more than ten years.
The firm jointly led by the 3 partners, Ms. Aarthi Sivanand, Ms. Chitra Narayan and Mr. Vinod Kumar, 1 associate partner and 10 associate lawyers.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
You should apply at least 2-3 months in advance through mail. The firm will get back to you by call or mail within a maximum of 4 weeks from application. You have to furnish the exact dates of internship with application.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Being a local-ite, I had stayed at home (Besant Nagar) and it took me a good 45 minutes to commute. But there are lot of PGs and hostels near Mylapore and Luz Corner where the office is located which can be availed on a monthly basis.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
I reached the office at 9.15 am on the first day and I was directed to my cubicle space which had a desktop, stationery and place to stack documents that I had compiled.
Thereafter I was introduced to one of the partners, Ms. Aarthi Sivanand who explained the entire working of the firm.
On the very first day I was given research work on various topics and cases that the firm had undertaken at that point and the first impression I had was the firm was professionalism personified.
Main tasks (in detail)
My main tasks at Vichar Partners were mostly research work and once or twice I helped the associated draft certain documents.
I researched mainly on Botswana Companies Act, Mines and Minerals Act, 1957, Indian Contract Act, 1872, and the new guidelines under the Clinical Trial and Arbitration Act.
Further I had also scrutinized few documents relating to one of the cases of the firm at that point being.
Work environment, people
The firm being small and with a handful of associates, there is a lot of interaction between the associates, and even the partners.
Ms. Sivanand had taught me personally how to draft documents based on Clinical Trials for the firm. In case of any difficulty you can directly approach the senior associate or even the partners .
The best things of the firm were the timings and the work flexibility. Because the office timings ended at six, I had time for myself. And also, one could carry the work back home and submit it through mails.
And there was no deadline on the work which essentially signified that the firm allows the intern to learn rather than out them under pressure of work.
Because it was mostly research work and at times on dry topics like Labour Laws it did become a bit monotonous.
I was given a stipend of Rs.3000 at the end of the month which was performance based.