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Virtual Internship Experience at Gaggar and Partners: Substantive Work and a Great Work Environment

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Name of the Student, College, Year of Study

Anonymous 

Name and Full Address of the Organization

Gaggar and Partners | E-65, Ground Floor, Vasant Marg, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi – 110057 

Website

https://www.gaggarpartners.com/

Main Practice Areas of the firm

Business and Corporate Laws, Antitrust/Competition, Gaming and Sports Laws, Media & Technology. 

Duration of Internship

June 01, 2021 to June 30, 2021 (one month)

How Did you Apply?

I applied by e-mailing my Curriculum Vitae to connect@gaggarpartners.com. In addition to that, I’d sent two write-ups on corporate law along with a cover letter. 

To increase your chances, consider sending your application at least 2 months in advance. I’d applied in March 2021 for a June 2021 internship.  I got a confirmation e-mail within one month of applying (it took me a few follow-up emails). The confirmation e-mail mentioned the point of contact for further communication. During the course of my internship, I noticed that the firm usually has 15-20 interns every month (virtually).  

First Day Formalities 

On the first day, all the interns for June 2021 were added to a WhatsApp group dedicated for the purpose of work allocation. Thereafter, all the interns (old and new) were invited to a virtual meeting along with all the associates and Sumedha Ma’am (Partner at the firm).

During the meeting, we were asked to introduce ourselves and our research interests based on which we were allocated work. Since I was inclined towards Competition law, I was allocated work in the same area. We were also advised to update a Google Document every day where we were required to update our work availability.

Throughout the internship, we used this document as a live tracker. This way, associates used to check the Google sheet before allocating the work so as to avoid excessive work load on the interns. 

Main Tasks

Since it was an online internship, mostly research work was given to the interns. As much as I regret not being able to experience a physical internship, it was compensated by the amazing work I got to do. 

During my internship, I was involved in the following tasks: 

  • Prepared research notes 
  • Authored case briefs
  • Found case laws on research propositions 
  • Conducted Authority Check on cases
  • Authored one short article every end of the week 
  • Drafting 
  • Some clerical work also 

I have given my topic-wise work experience herein below (para-wise). 

  • Most days, I was given a research proposition and was required to prepare a detailed research note on the same. (Pro tip: Try to use a lot of sub-headings in your note. It becomes easy for the associates to find relevant things). 
  • Further, I also made a myriad of case briefs on the competition cases of the Competition Commission of India, NCLAT and the Supreme Court. While making a case brief, try to be as thorough as possible. I have attached a sample case brief herein below. You can notice how all the minute details have been incorporated while maintaining the brevity in the piece.
  • During the internship, I learnt how to conduct an authority check since all the interns were required to do an authority check on every case they cited. To this end, you could also use that Green button (Top Right Corner after you open the case) available on Manupatra to access an interactive timeline of the case. Basically, the Interactive Time line makes it easy to pick out the best cases from a large collection of results by displaying cases in an intuitive graphical format.
  • I had had prior experience in drafting so I was given some drafting work a couple of times. The associate thoroughly reviewed the work I had done, and gave a useful feedback. That said, the associate also appreciated me for the quality of drafting since I was just a second-year student. 
  • While the weekends were mostly off, we were required to write short articles on the topics we’d worked on that week. Personally, I really liked this exercise since it not only helped me to organize my thoughts on the work I had done in the past week but also enabled me to feed my urge for writing. These articles were required to be sent to all the associates and Sumedha Ma’am (Partner) by the end of week. These articles were merely for the purpose of self-assessment but we were allowed to publish them either with the associates or individually on other platforms. In fact, I published all the articles I’d written during my internship to some of the reputed platforms. 
  • We were also asked to do a bit of clerical work on some days. While it may seem boring to some, it really helped us experience how working as a full-time associate feels like since they have to do both of those tasks. In fact, one day we had to convert some Wills and other documents (printed) into word files. Here, instead of typing out these bulky documents into Microsoft Word, we tried to use Google Lens. For those who don’t know, Google Lens allows you to copy text (even from printed document) and paste it on your laptop without having to retype them all.
  • Although I primarily worked with the Competition Team, I was occasionally given work on other areas of law namely Intellectual Property Rights, Arbitration, and Corporate Law. I noticed that most of the co-interns were allocated work in these four areas of law. 

Good Things

  • Interns are treated like full-time associates, with real and relevant work that is important and valuable.
  • Virtual Meetings every week with all the co-interns and associates.
  • While online internships are known for monotonous and intermittent work, I had an experience comparable to a physical internship in terms of my learning goals. 

Bad Things

  • None

Stipend

No Stipend. However, a detailed certificate is issued describing the work an intern has undertaken during the internship. 

Accommodation, Commute To The Office

It was an online internship. 

Lesson Learnt 

  • Always do some basic reading on a concept before you start with your research even if the associate has asked you to only fetch judgements on a particular topic. While you can get a myriad of results by doing a keyword search on Google, knowing the background will help you fetch the most important judgements. 
  • Associates cannot say “I was unable to find anything on this research proposition”. That said, try to think of yourself as an associate whenever you feel at a sea with the abstract research propositions. I learnt this lesson when one of the associate actually quipped – “sometimes I wish I could dodge bullets like an intern”.
  • When you are drafting, always OVER draft. Try to be as detailed as possible. After all, your senior just to press backspace if you happen to include some unnecessary things. 

Submission Formats (Hyperlinked)

I am sharing some submission formats which I’d used during my internship hereinbelow. 

  1. Case Brief 
  2. Research based on Case Laws
  3. Research Note
  4. Internship Worksheet

Last Day Formalities

On the last day, I’d sent a personalised thank-you note to all the associates with whom I had worked. You can also request for a personal feedback. 

Some tips from my end

I have mentioned a few tips herein below which I had come across before the commencement of my internship. Of course, not life-altering tips but the associates really noticed them and appreciated it. 

  1. When providing research inputs, be specific and present the information in a format that enables seniors to use it effectively.
  2. While emailing articles on a particular subject, do not simply attach a zip folder. Draft a cover email explaining the nature of information (journal articles, newspaper articles, or government press releases), and make a list of documents provided in the zip folder.
  3. Whenever you submit a write-up, insert page numbers. 
  4. For a document/contract/note you create/ work on, save the file with the date you last worked on. For example, your filed name could be “26.07.2021 Research Note on “Reliability of Leniency Witnesses in Foreign Jurisdictions”.
  5. Please ensure that you store all electronic documents in matter-specific folders on your computer, and create specific sub-folders within such folders as necessary. 
  6. Please keep a daily record of the work done by you and time spent on the same.

Internship Review 

All in all, the internship programme provided me with a good exposure to the different aspects of competition law (I primarily worked with competition team) and gave ample scope of learning and growth. Different aspects of the internship helped me to bridge the gap between theory and application. Lastly, the associates also spent sufficient time to help me understand and give clarity on the work that I was expected to deliver. 

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  1. this is one of the most detailed & useful experiences I have read so far. thanks for providing doc formats. kudos to you.

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