Internship at Law and Legislative Affairs Department, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh: Diverse Legal Work

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Name, College And Year Of Study

Rishi Saraf, BALLB, 2nd Year (2020-25), National Law University Odisha 

Name Of The Organization Where You Interned And Its Full Address

Law and Legislative Affairs Department

First floor,
Vindhyachal Bhavan, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh
Phone:   0755-25511230
Fax:   0755-2551185
The email:  lladbho[at]mp[dot]nic[dot]in

About The Organization

Also referred to as the Ministry of Law, this department is entrusted with the consultative role regarding proposals for legislation, framing of statutory rules/regulations, notifications, Byelaws and Finalization of important Memorandum of Understandings, Agreement, Deeds etc.

The department works also includes administration of Law Officers, supervision and monitoring of the execution of various plan/non-plan schemes in respect of district courts, preparation of panels of Advocates in respect of the Supreme Court of India, M.P. High Court, District Courts, Arbitration Tribunal and appointment of advocates out of such panels to defend the interest of the various departments of the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Duration Of Internship

Offline 

21 days minimum

13 July 2021 to 4 august 2021

Working hours – 10:30 AM TO 5:30 PM

How Did You Apply?

I went to the office to apply for the internship.
You have to physically submit an application showing interest regarding internship, CV, Letter of Recommendation issued by the college/university. 

First Day Formalities, Infrastructure, First Impression

My first day was very informative. Upon reaching the office, I was briefed about the Department of Law and Legislative Affairs and how it works, file cases, nature of cases entertained, process, etc.

Also the Office infrastructure is really nice as it is fully air conditioned and have sufficient work space.

It was really fascinating for me to directly interact with Secretaries who were former judges of district courts.

This department is the most important part of the government of Madhya Pradesh and is divided into 7 sections/branches. 

The internship schedule was divided into 21 days so that one can learn and understand the working of each branch.

Sections/branches are as follows – 

1.    Drafting, Vetting and translation Branch

2.    Judicial Branch 1 and 2

3.    Opinion Branch

4.    Civil, Criminal and Prosecution Branch

5.    Establishment Branch

6.    Election Branch

7.    Gram Nyalaya Branch

Main Tasks

My task was to learn and understand the working of each branch of this department. I read various draft legislation, civil and criminal case files, appointment files, RTI applications and interacted with the officers who were working there and on the last day of the internship, was asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation to show the working of this department and what I learned throughout my internship tenure.

Work Environment

The work environment was excellent and we had absolutely no problems during the internship period. The people at the office are quick in their jobs and were always ready to help and guide us wherever possible. The officers were very interactive and were ready to share their life and work experiences.

Good Things

The best thing for me was to interact with Secretaries who were former judges of District Courts in the first place. Flexible timings, little workload, and supportive people around us was the best thing. Also, there are many refreshment stalls nearby so you can grab snacks after work.

Bad Things

Interns had no separate rooms or desks. Lack of work for the interns and 21 days is a long tenure and also interns are not allowed to leave before the office working hours.

Stipend

No stipend.

Accommodation, Commuting To The Office

No accommodation provided by the office but PGs and Hostels are easily available

For commuting, various public transport modes are available.

Anything Else? Like: What You Did To Chill Out, Lessons Learnt, Etc.

The overall internship experience was really good and informative as I got to know how a bill is drafted, interacted with draftsmen and got knowledge on  what happens when a bill is passed and exact procedure involved in the legislation that cannot be learned through books.

Also, I learned about the appointments being made of lawyers and judges in the various District Courts and who are involved and what all merits being considered.  I also got to know about the insight of judiciary and how this department plays a key role in assisting the judiciary.

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