Internship Experience @ Monika Arora & Associates, Delhi: Court visits, mediation sessions, gained practical knowledge

Name, College, Year

Akash Saxena, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.

Name of the organization, Location, City

Monika Arora & Associates (CGSC), Delhi High Court.

About the advocate

Ms. Monika Arora is presently the Central Govt. Standing Counsel at Delhi High Court.

How to apply

One can apply directly to the office by just simply dropping an e-mail at [email protected] including his/her’s CV and a covering letter. They usually reply within 3-4 weeks.

Internship Mentor: Adv. Monika Arora Mam;

Internship Guides: Adv. Kushal Sir, Adv. Harsh Sir.

Duration: 1 Month (10th Nov 2018- 10th Dec 2018)

Court timings

10:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays. Weekend remains off but if you are enthusiastic about work you might get called to the office on Saturdays.

Main Work

Every day you have to report at the High Court at 10:00 am, there. Be very particular about time. Mr. Ratan Ji will assist you there and will provide you the day’s cause list. He is a clerk but very knowledgeable. One can learn anything about filing from Ratan Ji. He’ll tell you what all you have to do and in which courtrooms you have to sit in to observe proceedings.

Kushal Sir and Harsh sir will tell you about the cases which you will be going to observe that day. Later on, they might also ask you to explain the summary of the case or draft the petition as well.

I was also given an opportunity to attend mediation, appear before the court and meet senior advocates.

One of the very good thing about this office was that you can learn each and everything about the courts, provided that one wishes to learn, otherwise there is so much of work in the office that there is hardly any time for spoon-feeding, if you have to really learn something you’ll have to learn it by actually doing it. Ma’am, as well as the associates, are always there to help you out in anything be it whatsoever, you just don’t need to hesitate on your part.

Best thing 

The work environment at the firm is really very good; everybody is nice and will always be willing to help whenever you need them. The associates I met here Kushal sir, Harsh sir, Vibhu Sir are all very congenial and I learned many things from them. But when it comes to work, they are all very serious about it; after all it’s the only thing that serves the very purpose of the internship. Kushal Sir always used to say this “we only need work to be done on time, that’s it.” The time I spent with him and Harsh Sir made me learn so many things about the courts. I am thankful to them to help me develop such a good understanding of courts which I will cherish for my entire life.

To talk about Monika Mam, she’s a very eminent person in the field of law, she’s a CGSC as a result of which she was always struck in some or the other matter be it in the Courts, Arbitration Centers, Mediation Centres or the News Debates she was always occupied. Even though she had such a busy schedule, she always took some time out and used to talk to us, know our experiences, giving highlights of the high profile cases etc.

Monika maám always stressed on practical knowledge rather than bookish knowledge, she used to say that leave researching and reading for the mooting and publications, experience the real court environment that how the work is actually being done.

Stipend

None.

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