We assisted the associates in research work, curing and filing defects, making case briefs, checking previous court orders, conveying the case status, besides some proofreading and clerical work from time to time. We had to reach the courts and observe court proceedings. I also got an opportunity to make a transfer petition.
Sir only attends to matters of the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal (Principal Bench). So you will be asked to report to either of the courts depending on where you’re needed. Since interns are not allowed inside the court rooms on Mondays and Fridays, you could go to NGT on those days, or directly reach the office.
Work environment and people
This was easily the highlight of my internship! This office is filled with the most amazing people. Not a single day went by when I didn’t laugh out loud at the eccentricities of the associates! Seriously, the most fun loving and easy-going associates to work with. I looked forward to coming to going to office and I often stayed back even after my work got over because I enjoyed their company so much.
Namit sir is the senior who sat with the three interns and made us feel so comfortable, we never really got the ‘intimidating boss vibes’ from him but we respect him all the same and he was so accommodating, sweet and patient that we never felt like taking disadvantage of it.
And then there was this crazy duo of Panshul Sir and Jaideep sir. The moment these three were in the room, we were prepared for a laugh riot. There was one more associate Karma sir but he was on a leave when I was interning. However, he was there for the first 4 days and also turned out to be very chilled out and friendly.
But there is pin drop silence when sir is in the office. But he is generally there for only 3-4 hours so that’s fine. His being in office is a good check on the progress of the work. Lunch was something to look forward to as we all sat down together, unless some associates were busy attending to matters in the courts.
Sir HATES two things: wasting stationery and sitting idle. Never be without work. If he catches you sitting idle, then may God save you.
The really good thing is that sir would want to know what the interns are up to. You are very much a part of the team and are held accountable for the duties discharged. You will not be neglected. Here, your work is appreciated and you are encouraged to learn new things.
You should always approach the associates for work. If you are unwilling to work, they will not assign you any. So don’t take advantage of their easy-going attitude. They are always there to help you, so ask for their help whenever you need it.
1. The work environment for sure. So chilled out. By the end of it, we became friends. We often chilled after office hours.
2. We were never without work. And access to unlimited coffee. And one cup of tea at around 5 pm by a very unwilling Umesh ji. And the exposure since sir being an AOR has a great network in the legal field. And the regular Supreme court visits.
3. Also, the occasional rasgulla, samosa and Maggi treats in the evening. (Maggi treat is the most frequent)
Sometimes there was a bit of clerical work to do. but that’s a part of litigation. Even the associates had to discharge clerical work at times, so I am not really complaining.
1. Don’t shy away from asking for work.
2. Don’t stay inside your shell, make efforts to make conversations and build a network, otherwise you will seriously lag behind.
3. You can have all the fun you want, but don’t let your work suffer.
4. Always respect your seniors. Even if they are breaking the ice and being more of a friend to you than an associate, don’t forget that you’re still junior to them, so be careful with your attitude. Never show them disrespect.
5. Make every effort to expand your network.
Any Other Thing
The Supreme Court of India is a glorious place to be at. It motivates you in a way that few things do. This internship has changed my perspectives in a huge way and I am really glad that I got this opportunity.