Duration of Internship
2nd March 2015-31st March 2015
“At all events, arbitration is more rational, just, and humane than the resort to the sword.” – Richard Cobden
I remember joining law college and the immense need to intern to be able to gain some firsthand experience. Because of working on a research paper in the winter of the first law college year I couldn’t intern then.
Out of the blue I was asked by someone I personally knew to apply for an internship to the The Delhi International Arbitration Centre (DAC) at the High Court.
I applied through the same contact. I wasn’t asked to sit for any interview. For people who wish to apply directly to the centre, the email addresses is [email protected] and [email protected]
The application process isn’t that tough.
My application was selected for an internship in the month of February but since I had earlier assumed this was a part-time internship, I asked my boss to shift it to March and she did the same with no hassle.
They normally don’t take part-time interns there unless you happen to know someone working at the top to work it out for you.
The First High Court visit
The first time I went to the High Court was quite an experience. I resided in a PG in north Delhi, around my college.
In order to reach the Court I had to take the metro to the Central Secretariat Metro Station and from there a bus straight to the Court. The entry to the Court wasn’t difficult as it required me to only present my college id.
I had been instructed about the directions to the centre which is situated at the extreme end of the premises.
I remember I had to enter from Gate No.8 and walk almost straight till the end. When I saw the Arbitration Centre it was a very basic looking building. I was told to go up to the second floor.
I was almost stunned when I finally reached the second floor and entered the office area. Unlike the rest of the court with the typical Government buildings, the office was very plush.
I walked right to the reception to report and was sent to my boss again.
Throughout my internship I hardly had scarcity of work. The work at the centre solely depends on the hearings lined up.
The timings of the office were from 10 am to 5 pm, though it stretched to 6 pm once or twice if the work wasn’t completed.
Not knowing what work to expect, I found all that was allotted to me interesting.
The work included reading cases, drawing terms of reference for cases, which basically meant preparing a concise document of pointers on the case eliminating any bias created by any of the parties.
I was also asked to calculate the arbitration fee.
I mostly ended up attending hearings which was the most interesting part of the internship since a plethora of commercial matters are settled outside the court and you get to see an excellent delivery of arguments and understand the procedure.
I also got to interact with the arbitrators at times when the lawyers were running late.
The Arbitration Centre is also eligible to take up international cases but I was told there hardly are any that come up and in my term I didn’t come across any.
But the rest of the cases were quite important and engaging.
The Work Environment Analysis
The people at the office were extremely friendly and helpful. I remember liking everyone from my bosses to the receptionist to the clerks.
There certainly is a level of efficiency expected out of you but if you manage to maintain the hard work and diligence they’ll certainly be there to provide all the help you need. In fact they are more than willing to offer help.
I walked around the office without any hesitations. I cannot hold from mentioning how clean and well maintained the washrooms were.
The Food Delight
I’m a coffee lover and take it as an incentive.
When I discovered the coffee machine there, it was a little thrilling for me and I could have as many cups as I wished.
Even during the hearings there was coffee served with snacks to the arbitrator, the lawyers and even the interns!
Getting food on and off throughout the day keeps your energy conserved.
For lunch I mostly walked down to the canteens.
There was one right outside the Centre and another at a distance next to the Bar Council office which you could reach by walking straight.
When I brought lunch I could eat during lunch hours and sometimes even with my bosses who happened to be really friendly.
Wrapping up the experience
Overall it was an interesting experience. I know I won’t be entering the arbitration field but I certainly might find myself there if asked to present a case once I start practicing.
I did learn a good amount of efficiency. There were times when there was no work and times when the overload tested your coping skills.
I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to get an experience in the field of arbitration or is sure about entering the same.
It’s a good job profile and the money paid is worth the work put in. It’s a very relaxed job as opposed to the rest where lawyers slog their way up.
This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.