Name of the organization. City
Ram Jethmalani Law Chambers, Delhi
Duration of the internship .No. of days/week. Timings
2 months. Observed strict timings 10 am -6 pm. Working on Saturdays is optional.
How big was the office? Team strength?
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It’s a residence cum office and HUGE is the word. It’s probably 4 acres in area and is situated at 2, Akbhar Road, the address says it all (Delhites would know).
Even though there are only 5-6 Associates in the office but usually the office is packed with other lawyers and clients.
Application procedure. Internship contact details.
It could seem rather arduous and dejecting when there is no response from his office to your application yet the only way to crack it is to constantly send mails to Ram Sir’s PA – Sanjay Ji although addressed to Mr. Jhethmalani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It doesn’t mean you must go spamming their mailbox, but just send in a reminder every 15 days and call at the office no. available on the net to check the status of your application.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I know no one wants to hear that I happen to be based in Delhi and so accommodation was not an issue. I also can’t think of anyone who mentioned about any pg/hostel around.
Although, North Campus , where most colleges of Delhi University are located has a lot of hostels for men and women. Nearest metro station to North Campus is Vishwavidyalay and commuting to CP from that station is hardly 20 minutes ride.
One can find number of hostels catering to every need ranging from basic to luxuries depending on the kind of rent one is ready to pay (8k-20k/ month) .
Finding an auto was a big task in the evening even till the metro station.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
Jaw dropping experience! I don’t even recall noticing the office much. Just to see the legend in person had my eyes pop out.
Also, I was straight away asked to sit in the conference regarding a matter which was a lot in the news at the time and I’m not sure I can specify it here so I’ll reserve that information.
There were no major formalities.
Researching on law points depending on the case, reading case files to understand the case history of the clients, attending conferences, attending all court proceedings, and preparing notes for associates, as and when directed to do so.
I also had the privilege to work with an associate on a book on women empowerment.
Work environment, people
Nobody can ask for a better working environment than this.
I expected it to be intimidating but everyone around was friendly and associates were always ready to teach you, guide you wherever you stumbled.
The glory of working with Ram Sir
Yes, it’s all good.
The only issue I had was hailing an auto after office as you would have to wait for an empty auto to pass by.
Being a girl I guess I got a little too edgy sometimes when I had to wait 15-20 minutes by the road side on some unfortunate days.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
Khan market which is quite a happening place and a must to visit for all those who come from outside is nearby and so is CP. We often flocked to these places after office.
No stipend. Yes, this may sound like a bad thing it’s a light years from really being so.
The experience is so enriching that you wouldn’t mind not being paid at all.
Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons
Had the opportunity of meeting a lot of high profile dignitaries whom I had earlier seen only on TV.
The biggest lesson was to attend conferences and to see Ram Sir argue. So much to learn! To emulate!