Name. College. Year of Study.
Vishakha Gupta, National University of Juridical Sciences, Second year
Name of Advocate. City.
Advocate Manish Goyal (Civil lawyer). Allahabad High Court. Allahabad.
Address: 29-A, NAYAY MARG ALLAHABAD- 211 001
Accommodation. Getting there
I stayed with my relatives there, but you can get some PGs around the High Court. Sir’s chambers are on the same road as the Allahabad High Court. For directions, it is opposite the Circuit House.
The chambers are quite impressive with a huge collection of books.
Everyone was very friendly, but professional.
Sir assigned me some reading, and checked my notes before I left. There weren’t any formalities to be completed.
The first day was relaxing and comfortable.
Working hours and norms
If you are a first year, so for the first week you only research and learn.
For that you attend his chambers between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you are a girl, you may be allowed to leave a bit early.
The work was seven days a week. On weekends, timings were: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
After a week, you start attending the Court. The real work starts then.
Court hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a lunch hour from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.). Sir is very punctual and you have to arrive on time.
Also, you must be smartly in dressed for the Court. The working hours get quite steep after you start attending Court: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
In the office, if you are a first year, or unaware about basic constitutional provisions and court procedures, you read commentaries on Constitution, writ petitions, get to know about court procedures, etc.
Sir also made me sit and observe how he gave dictation, and explained a lot of things about civil procedures and practical court situations.
When I started attending the Court, I used to read some cases (the petitions, the counters and the rejoinders) the previous day, and then observe those cases in the Court next day.
In the evening, Sir would discuss the developments brought in those cases. In the Court, I learned about the Court etiquettes (there are a lot of them), and certain other procedures. Sometimes, I also assisted his other interns (5th year) in drafting a Public Interest Litigation, or some other research.
The work environment was very healthy and professional. Sir was friendly, but at the same time, was stern when he needed to be. He did not tolerate laziness in work, or absence without prior notice.
However, if you followed the simple social etiquettes with him, he was very comfortable with everyone, and answered all the doubts.
Even though I was in first year, he used to check my notes every day, asked for inputs, and discussed the legal profession in general.
There were around five junior lawyers in his office, and all of them were very friendly and supportive. I made friends with some of them. The other staff in his office was also polite and helping.
The Allahabad High Court, the largest High Court in Asia, has beautiful architecture.
Though there are air conditioners in every Courtroom, the rooms are seldom ever pleasant.
Most of the corners are dirty with the chewed tobacco most lawyers eat (Sir wasn’t one of them), and you would meet many unpleasant people who simply bump you out of their way.
But in a week, you get past that and begin to enjoy the sheer brilliance of people who work there.
I got to see some brilliant lawyers argue (even the Advocate-General) and judges giving exceptional judgments. In the mere three weeks I attended the Court, I identified the no-nonsense judges and only-nonsense judges in the Court.
If you are interning in the summers, be prepared for a sultry weather. Take lots of tissues as you would sweat almost the whole time you would be in the Court.
Mostly, people do not carry bottles in the Court, but you can take a small one if you are prone to dehydration.
At first, I wasn’t quite sure that a High Court internship in the first year would be any productive. However, it was a great experience. The work was interesting and very informative; I learned loads about civil procedures.
People were friendly, and eagerly talked about law school and life after that (Many junior lawyers were from National Law Schools).
I learned about litigation processes and litigation as a career, and also about my options after the law schools.
One has to wear formals (complete with a black coat and tie) in the Court, in the hot and humid weather.
I suffered usual attack of nausea and headaches.
Some lawyers in the Court were inconsiderate and unpleasant.
Apart from these, the work was great!