Name. College. Year of study.
Sahana Devanathan. Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College, Bangalore. Third year.
Name of the organisation. City.
NDS Law Partners. Bangalore.
Duration of the internship.
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office was very small. The team consisted of two partners, one associate and an office boy.
Application procedure. Internship contact details.
You can send your CV to either of the partners and they reply in a day or two.
The email ids are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of days/week, Timings.
Usually only 5 days a week, but interns might be asked to come in on Saturdays if there’s a lot of work or a really interesting case in court.
Timings are flexible. Usually from 9 to 6.
You may leave earlier if you’re done with your work or stay back if you have work left.
I’m a localite, so this section is not applicable, but Shantinagar is close by and has plenty of decent PGs.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
I was quite shocked to see such a small office. I was expecting a mid sized firm.
There were no formalities. Mr. Narendra Dev spoke to me for a few minutes, put me at ease, told me about the kind of cases they handle and I was given work right away.
My initial apprehension immediately faded on the first day as I started working.
Interns are generally given research work, along with some drafting and they’re taken to court almost everyday.
It’s a small firm but they handled quite a few high profile cases. I did research on various topics ranging from arbitration to adultery, and there was never a dull moment.
The lawyers found that I was inclined towards family law and gave me more research in family matters.
I loved the entire experience. The lawyers are extremely intelligent, and you can talk to them about anything ranging from Iyengar Bakery to classic rock music.
The associate used to get me yummy badam milk every time we went to court. If you get stuck with the work assigned to you, you could always ask the lawyers for help.
Editor’s note: could you also ask for an extra glass of badam milk?
They are very patient and courteous. The interns are allowed to interact with the clients, and I met a lot of interesting people.
Honestly, there was nothing bad about the internship. If I had to nitpick, I’d say the only bad thing was that I was the only intern there.
They take only one intern at a time due to the space constraint. But there was never a dull moment as I was kept busy by the lawyers.
What did you do to chill?
The firm is on St. Marks Road, so literally EVERYTHING is close by. Brigade Road, Lavelle Road, Residency Road, Cunningham Road, etc. You’ll never run out of places to chill at.
Truffles (Ice n spice) (The best restaurant on the planet) is just down the road, where they serve delicious burgers and pastas at very reasonable prices.
The firm does not pay their interns. Knowledge is wealth, I guess.
Always do your first few internships at small law firms. There is plenty of work to be done, and the lawyers are never too busy or high handed to help you out.
I would rate my experience 9/10.