Devansh Srivastava, NLIU Bhopal
APPLYING FOR THE INTERNSHIP
I had applied for the internship by sending an email with a cover letter and CV. I followed it up with phone calls. After 3-4 days I received an email with confirmation of the internship.
I interned with his Chambers from 12th May to 2nd June, 2016. There was no stipend.
ABOUT THE ADVOCATE
Advocate Dubey had had a modest start to his career. He assisted Adv. Siddharth Luthra for a long time, before working independently. He proudly tells how he learnt the importance of hard work, from time. A non-compromising and tireless Mr. Dubey expects the same from his associates, interns and everyone who works with him.
His office is a challenge, only the patient and rigid could do well. However, the merit lies in the hard work one undergoes, for his office is one of the best offices in Delhi to learn. Mr. Dubey has immense knowledge of the Criminal Law and the art of criminal investigation.
On the first day, we reached his office at around 10 AM in the morning. The office provided us with phone numbers of his associates who then called us to Patiala House Court, where I met Mr. Dubey. He took a brief interview, asked me questions from Civil to Criminal Law.
I was then directed to reach the CBI Court where we had a matter listed. Once there, I found my co-interns and learnt from them the know-how of the office.
A day during the internship would begin with reaching the Court by 10 AM. Delhi has six trial Courts. So, one decides on the previous evening, which of the Court does he wish to attend. Usually, an intern is allowed to research on certain cases that are listed for the coming days.
When the matter is up for the hearing, the intern who has worked on the file, chooses to attend that hearing. If there is an interesting matter listed in any other Court, the interns choose to cover more than one Courts in a day.
The interns are expected to be properly dressed, and disciplined. The chamber follows a strict system of hierarchy and the interns have to respect it. They are supposed to take notes of the oral pleadings and learn how the arguments are made in the Court. It is refreshing to hear Adv. Dubey make his arguments.
He is quick to dodge the weak points and highlight the favourable ones. After the work in the Court is wrapped up, probably by 3-4 PM, one returns to his office at Defense Colony. Usually, the interns share an auto to his place. At times, a happy Mr. Dubey may offer you a lift in his Land Rover.
His office is at the basement, D-200, Defense Colony, New Delhi. It is close to the Lajpat Nagar Metro Station. Here, one reads case files, makes case notes, researches on any aspect of law which an associate assigns.
The interns stay at the office at least till 8.30 PM. When the workload is high, the interns stay for longer, till Mr. Dubey stays at the office.
The work culture is rigorous but educative. One gets to learn various aspects of Criminal law, Evidence law, Criminal Procedure, Money Laundering and other acts of penal nature.
Mr. Dubey also invites interns to client-sessions to help the interns learn client counselling. He would work on the files in the presence of interns, giving them a great opportunity to observe the art of advocacy.
Our office dealt with some high-profile cases including cases against important politicians, industrialists and celebrities. One gets to meet many Senior Advocates in the High Court and even work with them. It is inspirational to hear them during their argument in the Court.
There is always enough work for the interns.
The associates are good to the interns. They are helpful and well-behaved. They work in and out and appreciate when an intern proves useful.
PERKS AND PANGS
The perks include the rigorous schedule that the office demands. It teaches the importance of discipline in one’s life. One gets to closely see the life of high profile lawyers and learns to value hard work from them. The cases at the office are interesting, and involve big people. It is fascinating to work on them.
However, there is no stipend and one has to travel a lot. The Courts in Delhi are much scattered and it is a mess to travel around the city, in the absence of a personal conveyance. Although Metro covers much of the route, but the distance still irks.
For stay, it is advisable to take a PG at Lajpat Nagar, near the office itself. Also, there is no availability of cheap food near the office. Much of our eating was from Tiffin or Canteens at different Courts. Nonetheless, one can order food while at office.