Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Anonymous

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Advocate-On-Record Ajit Sharma, New Delhi

Application Process with contact details

Send in your CV at [email protected]

Sir is pretty responsive on e-mails.

Call the office if you don’t receive any response within a week or so.

Duration of internship and timings

July – August, 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The boss had directly asked me to reach the NGT to observe the proceedings in an important matter.

Afterwards, we came back to the office where a formal introduction took place in which Sir asked me my areas of interest and also gave me some tips regarding the same.

It was at this time that I was also acquainted with the associate, Advocate Mayank Aggarwal, who immediately gave me some work regarding a Tax Matter in the High Court.

Main tasks

It included everything.

You are virtually treated as a practicing Advocate at the office. Both Ajit Sir as well as Mayank Sir are not hesitant about delegating important work to the interns.

In the words of Mayank Sir himself, “the presence of an intern should not be immaterial to the firm”, Ajit Sir’s office believes that an intern should not be treated as someone who is dispensable to the firm.

From drafting the whole Petitions, to taking adjournments in the courts, and communicating with the clients, I got the opportunity to do everything at this internship.

Ajit Sir doesn’t believe in restricting the work of an intern to certain law propositions. As an intern, the file is yours and you get the rare opportunity of preparing the whole case as per your understanding of the law.

You are also expected to go to courts on a daily basis and observe the proceedings or take pass over / adjournments.

Work environment and people

Undoubtedly the best internship experience I have had till date.

The work environment is brilliant and consists of everything one could hope for.

Both Ajit Sir and the associate (Mayank Sir) are very co-operative and patient with you. They take a keen interest in developing your overall skills as a lawyer, and make it a point to engage/involve you in any important matter.

As it is a small office, they are able to pay attention towards you.

As individuals, they are of the firm belief that the work of an intern should not be restricted to mere research on law propositions and hence, they give a lot of drafting work and also encourage you to have law-related discussions with them.

For instance, if one is not acquainted with a particular case and is there in the Court to observe the proceedings, then Ajit Sir used to explain the facts of the case to the intern so as to enable him to get an understanding of the proceedings before the Court.

All this helps a budding lawyer in developing his analytical skills.

Best things

I say this again at the cost of repetition, but this was undoubtedly the best internship experience I have had till date.

You don’t have many offices like this and there aren’t many people like Ajit Sir or Mayank Sir who take a personal interest in your development as a lawyer. The work given is brilliant.

But what’s more important is that you get to learn a lot by just observing Ajit Sir in the ordinary course of conduct.

Moreover, both the boss and the associate encourage you to have discussions with them on varied matters.

For instance, I once had a long discussion about the matter of Entry Tax which was sub-judice then in the Supreme Court.

Both Ajit Sir and Mayank Sir make efforts to involve you in the case by asking for your opinions, the approach that should be adopted etc. All these things help you feel like you are a part of the office.

Furthermore, the boss takes up a lot of Legal Aid matters on a regular basis, and is also a Standing Counsel for various Government departments and authorities.

Therefore, there is a fine blend and you get the opportunity to work on a variety of cases and you also get acquainted with the functioning of various forums including the Supreme Court of India.

All in all, it is a great place to intern if you want to get into litigation.

Bad things

None.

Stipend

None.

Biggest Lessons

One thing that I learned at this office, you shouldn’t be short-sighted in your approach.

Internships are a great way for you to find out if you are made for a certain kind of work or not and what kind of organisational structure would you prefer to work in.

Moreover, to become a great lawyer, it is imperative for you to have a strong base which can be developed only by reading up on it regularly.

Finally, if you love what you do and do what you love, you are going to be successful in your field. That’s a guarantee.

Accommodation

With parents.

Office Timings

Being a litigation internship, the interns are expected to go to the Courts in the morning on a daily basis.

The office timings are pretty flexible. Sir doesn’t require you to put in unreasonably long hours in the office. However, he expects you to complete the given task on time. Also, the work should be of the expected quality.

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