Name, College, Year of Study
Shreya Saxena; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Third Year
Name of the Firm, City
Bhullar Law Firm, New Delhi.
It is a litigation firm and area of work majorly includes Criminal, Customs, FERA, FEMA, NDPS, Martimonial and Consumer disputes.
Duration of the Internship: 4 weeks; 01 July – 28 July, 2014
How big was the office? Team strength?
Office is pretty small. Just 4 associates working. Sir also has a chamber at Patiala House Court.
Application procedure: I mailed my CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and got the reply within minutes! Smooth
Accommodation: I stayed in a PG (for 8k) at E- block, Greater Kailash II. It was okay-ish if you want to stay just for a month. Meals are included (no lunch). There are plenty of PGs in M Block and CR Park which is nearby.
Commuting: Office is in Greater Kailash Enclave-I which was right across the road from my PG so I walked to it. However the nearest metro station is Nehru Place and then you’ve to take an auto.
Duration in weeks; Working Days; Timings: It is 6 days a week. Officially timing is 10 am- 6 pm. However you can leave early if done with your work otherwise the timing can stretch even upto 8-9 pm!
First impression; first day formalities etc.: There were no major formalities. When I reached the office, Sir had already left for Patiala House. I met some office guy who then confirmed with Sir and gave me Case files. Other associates turned up a bit later.
Since there was no other co-intern I was pretty bored on the first day. Bhullar Sir came in the evening and interacted with me. He also asked about my area of interest and assigned me some other work too. We had a group meeting before leaving where upcoming tasks were discussed.
Main tasks: My main task was research and to observe court proceedings. Topics varied from CPC, Cr.PC to Customs Act, NDPS Act. I went to Courts, mostly with Sir (in his Land Rover!) and sometimes with other associates. My work also included preparing case notes, finding relevant case laws.
Once, I even took next date for Mediation proceedings. Mostly I went through the case files by myself. I would advise to seek out the work by yourself and don’t be afraid to ask Sir for anything.
Work Environment, people: Work environment is very informal and encouraging. All the people including Bhullar Sir are very chill, knowledgeable, always ready to help and most importantly approachable.
Stipend/Month: Rs 5000/ 4 weeks
The Best Things: I would like to quote the source from which I get to know about the firm:- “If you want to learn about litigation, it is a really nice place to start with. Work environment bhi sahi hai and seekhne bhi kaafi milega (Work environment is good and you’ll get to learn a lot).”
And indeed every word proved out to be true. I learned a lot, inside and outside the courts.
Stories and anecdotes from his fresher days. He’s such a jolly person and you can have chat with him on almost everything; be it FIFA matches or case briefs.
Lunches on which Sir took us. Bhullar Sir really loves food and since I’m a foodie too I got lucky there! Once we all had some Pakistani sweets too 😀
He’s a really good mentor and always looks out for his juniors. I was always a part of the team. Group meetings before leaving the office.
STIPEND: I got Rs. 5000 for 4 weeks, but not sure whether he gives it to every intern.
The work is very well distributed and structured. Everyone knows their strengths and helps each other on the blind spots.
The Bad Things: Very few really.
No kitchenette. But, since most of the time is spent at Patiala House chamber it doesn’t make much of a difference.
Sometimes it got boring since there was no other co-intern.
Working Saturdays. Not entirely bad but five working days would have been better.
What did you do to chill? : G.K. 1 M-block market and Select City Walk, Saket is nearby so there are plenty of places to chill.