Name, College, Year
Shiv Sang Thakur, 2nd year BLS-LLB student from Dr. D.Y Patil College of Law, Navi Mumbai.
Organisation & Location
Sampat’s Law Firm, 901, Sheetalnath Towers, “A” wing, Sudha Park,Shanti Sudha Lane, Garodia Nagar, Near Eastern Express Highway, Ghatkopar (W), Mumbai- 400077.
Civil Law and Property law (Real Estate, Consumer matter, Stamp Duty), Criminal law (Housing Criminal cases)
Duration of the Internship
2 months (2 March, 2018- 28th April, 2018)
Internship recommended for
Any year law students who intend to stay as long term (preferable) or short term interns.
How to apply
Send a precisely well-written resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
or Contact: 022-25062175/76, 9833339108 for direct interviews.
How to reach the office
From Ghatkopar Station (E) you’ll get sharing autos to Garodia Nagar. Office is close too from Chembur Station and Tilak Nagar Station which will lead you to Garodia Nagar.
It is a private firm which deals in Civil and Property matters like Real Estate, Co-operative Society cases, Stamp duty, Consumer matter and Criminal cases like Housing Criminal Cases, Family Criminal matters. Firm comprises of Adv. Vinod Sampat (Senior Advocate of High Court), Adv, Dharmin V. Sampat , ADV. Heena V. Sampat, Adv. Mithil V. Sampat and other lawyers and interns.
The office is on the 9th Floor of the Building. The well built office gives you a complete feel of professionalism and environment that suits well for a lawyer. Having three different cabins for Heads of the Firm, office includes intern’s chamber, client waiting hall, kitchen and separate laptops and pcs for interns and lawyers.
Why I chose this firm
Being interested in civil and property matters, I wanted to get acknowledged with how a such firm works in these matters. I personally believed that I had a lot to learn and my skills needed a lot of expert nourishment. This firm separatess itself from other internship as they make you learn and mark my word on this.
Internship & Work Pattern
Interns are selected either on application basis or through interviews or through contacts. The selected ones are paid a stipend. There is no fixed type of work accorded to the intern, rather one’s dealt with like a part of the firm and is included in almost all the projects and cases.
There is no need for an intern to bring his/her own laptop. The work station is pretty spacious. I was provided a work space and a laptop for my work. The office generally opens at 10.30 in the morning but there are no fixed timings. The work hours can extend up to 8 at night. However on Saturdays, I used to be free by 5 or 6 in the evening depending upon the cases.
First Day in the Office
I arrived at 10.30 in the morning because I already had a conversation with the Head a month ago for interview so I felt at ease in the beginning, after which I was asked to report to Dharmin Sir- the Sub-Head of the firm. Afterwards, I submitted my details and my profile was created in employees list. Then I was accorded my task and a work space with a computer and desk.
My supervisor gave me a brief orientation about the process of the research and the formats of the firm for written submissions. Thereafter he gave me some reading material. The very first day i got enough of work that made me realise that I got into something which will pay me back as on the very first day I learnt quite enough of paper work and research unlike other internship which make you learn nothing but makes you struggle a lot.
Kind of Work
Mine was desk work. Although they give you option between the office work or court works. I went few times to court and Chembur offices too. You are asked to draft, take dictation, research work, prepare relevant files related to particular cases. I even researched for various books which were suppose to published by Sampat’s Law Firm like BMC Act, Co-operative Societies Act which not only helped me in nourishing my research skills but learnt a lot about this field.
The intern should be skilled in MS-Word, good at research work. Don’t worry about drafting. You’ll learn here easily. The best part about this internship is that you get the opportunity to deal with the clients directly. You are assigned clients. This gives you a glimpse of your future as a lawyer and prepares you too with that work load. This demands you to be agile and witty.
While the work was never-ending, I always felt at ease. The firm is quite employee friendly. The associates were considerate, lenient and helpful. In fact, for the most part, they acted like mentors to me. That, according to me, can be considered as so far the best trait of that firm. The professionalism of the associates and the procedures of their work not just taught me how to work but also helped me nourish my language proficiency and legal aptitude.
There is also an extensive collection of books of law in the office. All the assignments gave me opportunities to use my legal skills. Regular active participation in group discussions and working for contractual deals taught me almost everything one needs to know about the work done in a law firm.
The associates helped me a lot with literally everything. They used to involve me in discussions regarding legal matters and gave importance to my opinions and research. Most of the times I felt more like the firm’s employee rather than an intern and that helped me with my performance a lot.
Another thing which I will always appreciate about the firm is that one of the Head Adv, Dharmin Sampat is the coolest head that you would ever get. I was never scolded or given negative remarks in case of mistakes or for lack of knowledge about something. Instead, he would explain to me my mistake and the ways to check it. He acted as a major morale booster for me and developed confidence which actually helped me with further assignments.
I was fortunate enough to go to the office picnic to Lonavla on the very third day of my internship and trust me, that was fun. It is a firm that gives you a complete feeling of professionalism on one hand and a feeling of family on the other. The office assistants are also pretty sweet and helpful people.
In short, it’s that type of firm where one should intern for long term not just because of the knowledge but also because the intern’s work in that firm is not much differentiated from the associates’ work. In my opinion, it’s very important that the interns realize the actual work and the work pressure of a firm rather than just getting involved with the of no use work of intern which are prevailing these days.
There were no particular timings for break. The firm has a very nice kitchen. You’ll get tea two times a day and snacks too when you work late. The only problem might be for pure non vegetarian people as Ghatkopar has no non-veg restaurants atleast not near by. But, there is a restaurants outside the building who serves nice veg dishes. You can order food in the office too.
Things for interns to keep in mind
Always arrive on time; don’t insist to leave early and in case you want to take a day off, inform your supervisor or your senior in advance; get acknowledged with the firm’s format for writing summaries and formatting agreements and use that only; be very particular with your language; prefer to communicate no matter what problem you have instead of solving yourself, you’ll learn through this ; follow your deadlines strictly; the associates and the seniors are extremely learned and sweet people so no matter how introvert you may be, do indulge in discussions with them.
Yes, they give you stipend of Rs.3000/month. Travelling expenses is given separately if you are going somewhere for office work.