Judicial Internship Experience @ Justice AK Pattnaik, Supreme Court: Sit there and hear the finest of arguments by reputed lawyers like Jethmalani or Salve


Sit there and hear the finest of arguments by reputed lawyers like Jethmalani or Salve. 

Name. College. Year of Study.

Abhijeet Kumar, National Law University Odisha, 4th year.

Name of the organization. City

Justice A.K. Pattanaik, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi.

Duration of the internship (example: March 15, 2013-April 15 2013). No. of days/week. Timings 

May 1, 2013- May 22, 2013/3 weeks. 9:30 am – 6pm (some days 8pm)

How big was the office? Team strength?

You have to make a visit to the Supreme Court of India to espy the enormous superstructure of the highest court of Appeal.

The office was as big as a Courtroom attached with Judge’s room and Judge’s residential office. Team strength comprised of two permanent JCs and four interns, including me.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

Generally it’s not easy to get judicial clerkship.

I have some personal contact in Supreme Court, and that’s how I got the internship.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

My family lives in New-Delhi. So there were no issues regarding accommodation.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

His Lordship is very friendly and down to earth. As he is a well-wisher and also a regular visitor to our University, we had a lot of time talking over many different issues. Office staffs were also very cooperative.

On the first day I was given a letter on behalf of His Lordship stating that I am a judicial clerkship intern under him, which helped me in getting the SC pass for the whole month.

Main tasks 

Task was allotted to us by His Lordship himself or by his personal secretary or by the permanent JCs working at the office. It basically included creating briefs about all the cases happening in Judge’s court, ranging from civil, criminal, corporate, bail matters, WPs, etc.

The best part was the keen interest of His Lordship in teaching the interns about the intricacies of court procedure, court manners, judgment writing and delivering, and clarifying the question of law, whenever and wherever we were stuck.

Work environment, people

When you work under a judge of apex court, you feel distinguished from others.

Sitting with His Lordship was quite an experience. You have to go through cases and make a detailed analysis on each law interpreting it with your assumptions and comparing with the present law.

The work culture was too strict as it was the decorum of the court which was to be maintained.

Best things? 

Flexible timings, friendly working environment, lots of work and lots of learning.

 Bad things? 

I didn’t find anything bad.

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

We often roamed around the SC campus (those who have been know that it’s huge).  And when you are in Supreme Court, you get the opportunity to visit any court-room you wish to.

Sit there and hear the finest of arguments by reputed lawyers like Jethmalani or Salve. In the initial days we used to lose the track of location where we were, so it was kind of adventurous too in the beginning.

Then the canteen of the SC was the place to hangout while being in the court premises. Outside it, was Delhi, so chilling out was not limited to options.


No stipend.

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons.

Yeah, you actually understand how judges think. The best lawyer is the lawyer who knows the judge rather than knowing the law.

It made me realize that while you are presenting a case before the judge, you have to do your homework in relation to the judge you are appearing before.

Speaking before the judge in the way, the judge wants, pleases him and you might win the case.  

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  1. ” I have some personal contact in Supreme Court, and that’s how I got the internship.”

    If the principles of Justice and equity are not followed in the apex court of the Country, why do the same His Lordship expect fairness from government?


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