Online Internship Experience at Sarthak Maggon Law Offices, Delhi: Legal Drafting, Research, and Attending Client Conferences

Name, College, Year of Study of The Student Intern

Mahak, GGSIPU, 2nd Year LLB

Name of the Organisation

Sarthak Maggon Law Offices
Full address: 7/34-B, Jangpura, Block C, Jangpura B, New Delhi, Delhi – 110014

Duration of Internship

One Month (1st June 2020 – 30th June 2020)

How Did you Apply?

I applied via mail. I sent my CV along with the cover letter at the firm’s email address. complianceofficer[at]smlawoffices.in and sarthak.maggon[at]smlawoffices.in

The firm is quite prompt. I received a reply within a week of applying.

Application process

I applied in the month of January. Initially, I was offered an in-office internship. At this time there was no such news of the Covid outbreak, let alone of any lockdown. As my internship dates started approaching, I was sure that I would need to cancel my internship due to the restrictions on mobility.
However, I received a mail from the firm assuring me that the internship would carry on as usual and it would be an online internship.

First Impression, First Day Formalities.

The work usually begins from 9 am – 10 am.

We were required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

All the interns were added to a WhatsApp group where everyone introduced themselves. We were first given a small task. Later that evening, Sarthak Sir spoke to all the interns over a video call.
He also gave us feedback on the work that was given. It was like an orientation. He explained what the firm expects from the interns, the timings, the workload, etc.

You would generally not be sitting idle but if you are, the best thing to do is to take initiative, volunteer, and ask for work.

Main Tasks

My tasks during the internship varied from time to time. A large part of my work included:

Drafting: By the end of my internship I had assisted in drafting several legal notices, PILs, contracts, and criminal petitions. All first drafts and documents are scrutinized over a video call and doubts were also addressed telephonically. Paralegals are encouraged to give all fresh briefs an independent trial to overcome the fear of drafting documents. Needless to say, the documents will contain phraseology, substantive or legal errors and the same was rectified through face to face interaction while giving detailed reasoning of the reasons for amendments, much like a mentoring course on drafting and conveyancing.

Opportunities to attend client video conferences: This part of the internship I especially enjoyed. I was required to make notes of everything that the client expects from the firm and later, the work would often relate to the same. This was particularly helpful. It gave us a clear insight into what you are expected to do.

Also, if you’ve worked in relation to some case the firm would make sure you are included in the conference. The firm follows a strict confidentiality policy and therefore greater access.

Research: Research ranged from finding case laws to even fact-finding research. including due diligence of public records relating to cases and companies.

Good Things

I personally liked almost everything. Frequent video calls and voice notes helped overcome the obstacle of physical interactions to a large extent. It was a great learning experience.

Being proactive would help a lot.

Bad Things

The hindrance of movement proved to be somewhat a barrier to better communication.

Final Thoughts

This internship does require hard work and full commitment. It is not one of those internships where you enter at 9 am and can expect to leave by 6 in the evening. It will however prove to be a very fruitful internship.

 

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