Name, College, Year of Study

Anahita Pathak, National Law University Jodhpur, III Semester, 2nd Year.

Name of Organisation, Location, city

AVA Law Associates, C-312, C Block, Defence Colony, New Delhi.

Application Process with contact details

The application process is clear-cut and they promptly correspond via e-mails. Applications can be sent in to ava@avalaw.in

Duration of internship and timings

The duration of my internship was for four weeks, commencing from 14th of November, 2016 and coming to a close on 14th of December, 2016.

Timings are really dictated by the amount of work you want to put in, but speaking in broad strokes, the work-day lasts from 10.00 a.m to 6 p.m for interns.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The very first day I managed to get horribly lost and ended up on the other side of town, but fortunately, I found my way back and was well within time. I entered the office to find it spreading over an entire basement, with warm wood-work and glass separations.

It is a bright, well-lit space, with a generally quiet environment-perfect for work. The basement is fitted with boosters, so connectivity is not an issue, in addition to it being supplemented by WiFi. However, the area right outside office, and for that matter, most of the Defence Colony area, in general, doesn’t have great network coverage.

My induction as an intern was done by Amit Tyagi Sir, who is one of the two partners of the firm. As harrowed as I was from being lost, the talk with Amit Sir put me at ease as he described what was expected of me and enquired about my expectations from my month’s association with AVA.

He asked me which areas of law were of interest to me and what my future plans were. It was a frank and open conversation which opened up lines of communication, making me feel at home.

Main Tasks

I was informed at the very onset that I would be expected to get involved in live cases.

Visiting courts and tribunals was optional, but having opted for it, I would highly recommend the same. As an intern in AVA, you get to visit a number of courts and tribunals, given the variety of cases being handled by the firm.

Its location in Delhi gives interns the opportunity to visit the national level courts and commissions, making it an enriching experience.

All the associates and even the partners at AVA are approachable and patient, assigning you work and seeing that you learn from the activity you were being involved in. While I was assigned a particular mentor, the entire team was helpful and could be approached with queries.

My mentor structured my internship in a way most fruitful to me, exposing me to a wide array of cases, procedures and courts. She was always ready to entertain even the minutest of doubts and made sure I learnt something new everyday.

Even the partners would take an active interest in the intern’s work, with Amit Sir dropping by often at the interns’ table to enquire about the projects we were involved in and teaching us a bit about whatever we were working on.

During the course of my internship, I was involved in research on live cases, drafting of replies to appeals and drafting of a revision petition. I was taught the areas of law involved in the cases I had been assigned to and was also encouraged to witness the court proceedings for the same.

I had the opportunity to witness the filing of a writ petition in the High Court, the final arguments in the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission and delivery of judgement in the same case along with witnessing procedures in Patiala House Court, State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, National Company Law Tribunal etc.

Work environment and people

The work environment was most conducive for me, considering it was my first internship, as everyone was always willing to help. For the first half of my internship, I was the sole intern, but not once did I feel lost or stagnant, because the work was dynamic and the people were ever ready clear any doubts I might have.

The energy and sincerity of the associates and partners is infectious and makes you want to contribute as best as you can. It was relaxed environment where I could learn in the truest sense, without the constant fear of faltering, given the accommodative nature of my mentor and all those who I was fortunate enough to associate with.

Best things

First and foremost, the work is great, with variety and involvement in live cases.

Visiting the courts was another great plus.

The encouraging nature of the entire team added to my learning and aided me in making the most of my internship.

Also, the locational advantage of the office is a bonus, with the Defence Colony main market right around the corner, where one can find a great number of food joints, in addition to the generally safe and clean surroundings.

Bad things

The only difficulty I faced was that I didn’t want to leave, when the time came for my internship to end.

Stipend

There is no stipend as such, but it really depends on the amount of effort and dedication one is willing to put in. Sincerity is appreciated.

Biggest Lessons

I learnt that for being a successful lawyer, you need to work hard tirelessly and always keep learning. Doing well is as much about the attitude you bring in to work, as it is about the quality of the work you do.

Apart from the importance of knowing the law, the procedures etc., I was also taught the relevance of being assertive, and developing a sense of confidence.

Any Other Thing

AVA is one of the best places to intern if you have a genuine desire to learn. If you bring with you the eagerness to work, the willingness to learn and an attitude of sincerity, your internship at AVA will prove to be a great learning experience.

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