Online Internship Experience at Chambers of Advocate Priyavrat Parashar: Extensive Learning, Variety of Legal Work and Good Working Environment


Name, College, Year of Study

Nikhilesh Koundinya, 3rd year, BALLB (Hons.), Symbiosis Law School, Pune

Name of the Organisation and Address

Chambers of Priyavrat Parashar, Chamber No. 69, Punjab and Haryana HC, Chandigarh

Duration of Internship

1st- 31st December 2020

How did you apply for this Internship?

I applied through the LawSikho portal which provides various internship opportunities to students.

First-day Formalities, Infrastructure, First Impression

As the internship was virtual there were no such formalities. Before the internship started, I made it a point to introduce myself to sir through LinkedIn and gave him a brief account of my interest in criminal law around which the internship was centered.

On the first day had a brief chat of 10 minutes with sir virtually and gave him basic details about myself and he gave me a broad picture as to what to expect from the internship and also gave me the first task. My first impression was very good as sir made it a point to gradually give me work rather than overloading me with work/research on the first day.

Main Tasks

Being a criminal lawyer in the Punjab and Haryana HC, sir mostly received criminal matters and the various tasks assigned to me over the course of the internship were: 

  1. Draft petitions and complaints pertaining to criminal cases and customs matters 
  2. Research extensively on various propositions of criminal law and make detailed research notes on the same 
  3. While my internship was on sir had an important customs matter going on and hence during the tail end of my internship most efforts were spent on understanding the customs act and working upon the given case. 

Work Environment

Having seen work environment’s where work never ended this internship was a blessing as sir believed in the concept of work life balance. So, a normal day even though virtually started at 10.00 in the morning and went up to 6.30-7.00 in the evening. Though there were days where I woke up in the middle of the night to translate some FIR this happened merely once. Hence the work environment was absolutely cool and you could ask sir anything and he would respond within minutes and clear your doubts while maintaining his composure and not getting upset on repeated queries.

Good Things

  1. Sir is calm and patient and will make you understand what is expected out of you than giving you vague propositions or research to find. 
  2. There is enough time given to deliver and if an extension is asked for with good reason it is always given than pressurizing someone to submit his/her work immediately. 

Bad Things

The only bad thing I was able to think of is that I wish the internship had been physical which would have helped me learn much more and assimilate much more.

Stipend (if any)

Trust me when I say it, this internship could not be summed up to an amount as the learning was extensive and more than anything I developed intellectually as a student and lawyer and hence stipend wouldn’t have added or subtracted anything to my experience.

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