Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Pulkit Kaushik. Fourth year student at Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur. I can be contacted at [email protected]

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Chambers of Hemant Kumar.

The office is on the Middle Circle of Connaught Place, New Delhi. Connectivity could not be better since it is a stone’s throw away from Gate no. 8 of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. It’s on the first floor, hidden behind Wenger’s/Keventer’s (now known as Shake Square).

Hemant sir has five associates and two researchers who work for him in an office big enough to accommodate 12 people. While I was interning there were 5 other interns at the office.

Application Process with contact details

I came in contact with Hemant sir through one of his past interns. I had contacted sir only based on the aforementioned friend’s experience.

The influx of internship applications increase by day and I personally saw sir refuse a few applicants. I suggest you to apply at least 3 months in advance.

You can apply by sending a mail to contact[at]chambershk[dot]in

Duration of internship and timings

I interned for a month from the 1st December 2016 to 31st of December 2016.

The work hours are just like any other office where litigation is taken seriously. The day begins in court at 10 am and if there are no post lunch matters then get ready of a hard day at the office till at least 8 pm.

Hemant sir does not force anyone to stay beyond that. Every intern is allowed to leave at any time they wish. But that does not mean the internship is lenient. Hemant sir wouldn’t disallow you to leave but he has a keen eye and if you default regularly.

If you do that, you can forget about leaving a good impression. There’s no time boundation per se, but real learning would only happen if you stay and work harder than you can.

There were interns who used to leave by 8 pm, and there were ones who stayed till 11 pm at times. It’s up to the intern how much effort he/she is willing to put in.

First Impression

The first day at work was an eventful one. I was asked to turn up at Saket Court. I met Hemant sir outside the courtroom and was asked to accompany him to the dais as our matter was up for hearing.

It’s a privilege to observe Hemant sir argue. While the other lawyer was getting thrown off his game whenever the judge intervened, sir maintained his calm and always composed himself before beginning his argument.

He’d also make sure he wouldn’t speak anything if the judge wasn’t paying attention to the counsels.

Outside the court I was asked to carry a file and a diary of dates. He carried another file and another diary. He could have easily given me the other file and the other diary as well. He treats you like a fellow human being which is (sadly) rather difficult to observe these days.

After the other matter we drove to the office in his car. During the ride he asked me about my past internships and quizzed me on CRPC.

While I had a vague idea to the answer of every question, he remembered every section down to the last word.

I learned more in that car ride than I do in a month of classes at college.

Main tasks

Tasks can vary from going through case files and marking statements for the purpose of cross examinations to taking notes in a client meeting and drafting a Written Statement based on the information received from the client.

Since the intern would get to draft he is allowed to clarify any doubts he might have. The intern would email the draft to one of the associates who would make the necessary changes and finally it would reach sir who’d scrutinize it.

The task allotted would depend upon the intern. If the intern is capable of a task of difficulty X, sir would allot the intern with task of difficulty X+1. He’d always be there for clarifications but would never give you the entire answer. How else would you learn?

Several times I was asked to research on a certain topic and when done I would be quizzed on it. The questions are to test the whether the knowledge is from understanding or from mere reading.

Work environment and people

The office felt like home on the first day itself.

Hemant sir would make you laugh all the time and while the associates (especially Tushar sir) would not look at you while they are working, but the moment they get free you’d get to laugh more because the ambience is just damn friendly.

There’s no reason anybody would feel out-of-place at the office. Always be ready for random legal gyaan coming your way from someone or the other in the office!

If you make mistakes, there’s no reason to be scared of a quintessential legal scolding. Hemant sir believes in giving second chances. He’ll explain you where you were wrong and how to correct it.

If you mess up often, he’d stay mum but you’d be losing his trust one mistake at a time.

Throughout the day sir will interact with you, ask you about yourself and share his own stories, both legal and personal in nature.

Best things

The work ranges from all facets of law. You’ll find yourself in heaps of work.

You’d also get to draft which is a massive learning experience in itself. You’d get exposure to every Delhi court possible ranging from the Supreme Court to tribunals.

Bad things

The timings can be of issue to some interns. #Litigation

Stipend

Strictly depends on the performance of the intern. But you don’t have to reinterpret a major provision of the law to earn it.

Accommodation

I am from Delhi so that was not an issue. The PG area are in proximity to the office thanks to the Metro.

Biggest Lessons

Drafting is to litigation what an engine is to a vehicle. Pardon me for the terrible analogy but cheers if you get the point.

 

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