Name, College, Year of Study
Vanisa Upadhyay, III BA, LLB, ILS Law College,Pune
Name of organisation, office address
Rignàya and Associates LPP, 401-A, Town Centre-II, Opp.Times Square, Andheri-Kurla Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai-400059
One has to mail a CV along with a covering letter to [email protected] and [email protected] atleast one month prior to the date of interning. They reply to the mail within three-four working days, but if they don’t one can always follow up by calling their office at 022-49741455.
Duration of Internship and timings
4 weeks (25th April to 25th May 2018). Timings are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sundays, second and fourth Saturday is a holiday, though sir would leave us early on 1st and 3rd Saturday.
First day formalities
On the first day and being in second year I was quite nervous. I reached office exactly at 11 am. I was asked to fill up a form and sign the appointment letter after which I met the managing partner who after inquiring about my hobbies, passions and subjects briefed me on the working of the firm.
The firm is divided into two departments that is litigation which is handled by two partners that is Mr. Karan Dongra and Mrs. Srajita Sahariya and Corporate which is handled by Mr. Jaspreet.
My co-intern and I were mainly assigned matters related to litigation.
The tasks were as follows:
- We were given a case file and were asked to read it, find arguments and counter arguments from our as well as opposite side, analyse the evidence, find weakness in the arguments if any and then discuss it with the partner who would guide us on what we did wrong, the basics and how to go through all the documents and the case. We had to do this for all the cases that we dealt with in the course of the internship.
- We also accompanied the partners in the court hearings at civil, esplanade, consumer and High court where we had to observe the temperament of the judges, how are arguments done, and what is the procedure. The partners always made sure that we read the case the day before the court hearing that helped us understand everything better.
- Along with the court hearings we accompanied the partners in the client meetings too. Dealing with clients is an art and could be learned by observing how it is done.
- We were introduced to the drafting of notices, plaints and arguments. Sir asked us to draft statutory notice under negotiable instrument act, legal notice for recovery of debt and brief arguments which sir used to check and ask us to make changes until we get it right.
- Lastly, I dealt with ongoing cases such as declaratory suit, criminal petition, bail application, companies act, arbitration and IPR.
The work environment was relaxed and productive. Partners always solved our doubts, encouraged to write articles and introduced to the new aspects and fields of law.
The best thing about the internship was that interns worked directly under the partners. Working under a partner is quite a learning process as they are filled with knowledge and experiences. Another best thing was as we interned in May and court being closed in June, Karan sir used to make time and sit with the interns at the end of the day and talk to us about the cases, future career aspects and share his experiences.
For me, it was till date my best internship.
Stipend: Rs. 2000
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