Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Prateik N, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, 3rd year(LLB)
Name of Organisation, Location city,
Surana & Surana, International Attorneys, Chennai.
Application Process with contact details
You have to send your internship application, along with your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. They generally reply within a week. Once you are shortlisted, you will have to appear for a personal interview at their office in Chennai.
The interviews are generally conducted by any of the team heads or senior associate of the firm, depending on what you have expressed as your area of interest in your cover letter.
The interview is basically to gauge the student and is a very comfortable experience. The questions are generally based on your past internship experiences, your research papers and may ask you a few questions from your CV.
Internship slots are mostly booked in advance and the firm generally hires only one intern per department. So it is better to apply as early as possible. I received the confirmation of my internship a week after the interview.
Duration of internship and timings
December 25, 2017 – February 25, 2018.
Timings: 09:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Saturdays are half days and Sundays are off.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The Surana and Surana office is located on R.K Salai and can be easily reached by local train or bus. The office in itself spreads over 3 floors with separate offices, pantry, conference rooms and an auditorium at the basement.
On the first day, the HR welcomes you and explains the formalities to be completed before beginning you work. Firstly you are to fill the Internship Record and Employee Record with details such as family information, PAN, passport, etc. Then you are handed a two page document explaining the general Do’s and Don’ts of the firm.
After that you are required to read and sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement. Finally the Admin Department completes biometric registration and assigns you your personal log in ID and password to access the internal mail system.
I had requested for joining the litigation department of the firm and considering my request, I was assigned to the Litigation and Arbitration department. Then I was assigned a workstation. I was introduced to the team head and the litigation manager.
The firm has excellent infrastructure consisting of a spacious workspace with an open office configuration, excellent IT infrastructure with access to multiple legal databases, essential websites, access to printers, etc.
The firm also has an impressive collection of books where one can get a wide range of books. Also there is a pantry installed with a coffee/tea machine and the firm provides free lunch every day.
The litigation department deals various kinds of cases in areas such as copyright, trademark, civil disputes, property suit, etc. Generally the mentor assigns work to the intern but other associates of the department also provide works depending on the workload and availability. Work included research, preparation of notes on various topics, preparing summaries of arguments and list of dates, case law search, drafting notices and letters, etc.
As a litigation department intern, you are to attend court sessions at Madras High court, civil courts and tribunals such as National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), etc. I had the opportunity to prepare and attend various cross examination sessions and also had the opportunity to attend client counselling sessions.
At the end of the day, interns are supposed to fill in a Time Sheet, recording what you have done on that particular day and the duration of completion and email it to your mentor and the respective Team Heads. It is also advisable to fill in your Internship Report on a daily basis so that it becomes easy for you when you’re completing your internship. The report is to be in a prescribed format and must describe in detail the task allotted to you, what you have accomplished and what you learnt from the same.
The firm also holds regular sessions on some new or important area of law. I had the opportunity to attend several such sessions on topic such as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), Real Estate (Regulation and Development) act, securities law, etc. Most of them are conducted by associates of t e firm or in certain cases experts were also invited for such sessions.
These Sessions were not only informative but also interactive and provided a very practical aspect of law and its application.
Work environment and people
I have to say as many internships I’ve done the best working atmosphere exists in this office where the associates are very humble and they make you feel very comfortable since the very first day and not a single day goes by when you see them and they don’t greet you.
The open office concept makes the work environment livelier and encourages interaction with others. Also the firm has a sense of professionalism imbibed in their culture and it makes working in the firm a very satisfying experience. Also the kind of knowledge gained in interaction with associates in one of a kind.
The firm provided me with high quality work and the opportunity to attend various sessions at the High Court and other Courts and Tribunals. The work gave me exposure to several areas of Law and the litigation aspect of such laws. I had the opportunity on drafting and documentation of various cases and was appreciated for my work.
The department ensures that work is reviewed simultaneously and at times you can approach any associate for help.
The best thing about the firm itself is its professional, yet has a friendly atmosphere.
Finally the splendid lunch every day, month-end lunch at the pantry and the various gatherings such as team lunch, etc is a great opportunity to get to know people personally and make new acquaintances.
I had an excellent internship experience and any drawback would only be nitpicking. I have a habit of using Google search multiple times and the firm provides separate computers to access World Wide Web but they are few and at times seem to be always occupied.
The firm provides their interns with a monthly stipend of Rs. 5000/-
9.5 out of 10.
I am a native of Chennai so accommodation was not a problem. Also you can find comfortable accommodation for monthly basis in nearby PGs. The office is also well connected by Local train and bus.