Nisshant Laroia, 2nd Year, GNLU
Name of the organisation
KARANJAWALA & Co. ADVOCATES (FACTORY ROAD OFFICE, NEW DELHI) – a litigation- based firm.
Karanjawal and Co. has two offices- one as main office which is at – 7, Factory Road, Near Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. I was in this office.
And the other office at – 12th Floor, Hindustan Times House, 18-20, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, (near Connaught Place) New Delhi.
How to apply?
Though I got my internship confirmed through a source in the firm itself but you can apply for internship by sending your CV at – firstname.lastname@example.org
A follow-up is must. (Personal contact seem to work more to secure an internship with them.)
For follow- up, contact -Niharika Karanjawala for Hindustan Times House Office M: +91 9810058844
OR Nipun Bhatia for Factory Road Office M: +91 9810079161
Duration Of internship:
3, November 2014 to 21, November 2014 (4 weeks)
How to reach:
I stay in Vasant Vihar and was fortunate enough to have personal transportation, hence reaching the office was a very simple task.
For others who do not reside in Delhi or have come from places a little far from Safdarjung or AIIMS area , the bus and metro facility make reaching the office very easy and affordable. Just beside the Safdarjung hospital, there is a lane which is the Factory Road.
After 2 mins. of walk, beside the Chhattisgarh Bhawan, another small lane takes you to Karanjawala Main Office.
(You will find a small board of 7, Factory Road outside this building)
Office Timings for interns:
6 days a week, 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m (you might have a chance to leave office by 5.30 also if there is no work)
However, it mainly depends on assignment that one got to work on). You might get work at 7 pm when you are about to leave and would have to stay till 8-8.30 p.m or you might have no work and can leave by 5:30. Saturdays work starts late in the day so reaching office at 12-1230 on a Saturday is fine.
First Day of Office :
Since it was my first day, I reached the office on the time we were instructed to – 10:30 am. But, as soon as I entered the office, I saw only the cleaning staff doing their job.
I was told to sit upstairs on the 1st floor. I met the receptionist on the 1st floor who asked me to sit in the conference room and told me that the HR would be entering any moment and would make me complete the internship formalities and I was also told that the associates have gone to Courts and as soon as they reach they would call us.
(There were 3 other interns with me and 2 of them were from my college).
After 2 hours or so the HR came and made us complete our formalities. Then an associate entered the room, gave us a lesson on CPC and then gave research work on summary proceedings.
(It was nice of him to take out time and sit to explain certain things in CPC to us. Associates taking the pain and effort t o sit and teach you something is rare).
That day I left office at 7.30 pm.
If you don’t ask for work in the Karanjawala office, there is apparently no work but once you divulge yourself in the assignments you will get all sorts of interesting cases in the office.
We were asked to come to office by 11 am since the associates came by 11.30 or so. You may be asked to reach Courts instead of office if you have assisted on a case which is to be argued in the court for the day.
Since Karanjawala and Co. is principally a litigation-based firm, you will get ample opportunity to draft as well (I personally got the benefit of being passed the 4th year) – I was asked to draft a Evidence by way of affidavit, notices, memorandum of appeal etc.
I was asked to research for issues related to Companies Act, Prevention of Corruption Act, Code of Civil Procedure etc.
Being a lit-based firm, you get to witness substantial no. of occasions of court-room thrill and also corporate-office work culture and thus you get the feel of both sides of legal practice.
Associates at Karanajawala were really nice to interns and encouraging to work with. They at times sat with you and got their work done while explaining the nuances of the work they gave.
There was absolutely calm and relaxed atmosphere to work but you need to stick to the deadlines given for your assignment.
Including work experience, I made very good friends with a few associates who gave us work. They were pass outs of that very year. So we became good friends with them and are in touch till date.
There are few funny people in the office who would give enough comic relief to interns
Interns at Karanjawala were provided with a separate conference room which was spacious and had these paintings which were mysterious!!)
A stipend of Rs. 5000 and associates offered for “CHILLING SCENES” as they called it at the close by Hauz Khas Village..
Also, there is a business/formal dress code for the office but the days on which you have court-visits, one has to be in our very own black & white uniform code! Saturdays are free in terms of clothing as it can be smart casuals.
The office AC is too efficient and it became so cold at times during the day that we had to ask the receptionist or the staff to switch it off .
The internet connectivity is also affected at times due to which you may face trouble in completing the assignments.
The library is not very well- equipped as it has very old editions of books which do not have the recent developments on the law and therefore, Manupatra and other online research databases are your sole rescue.
No food outlet is nearby and the nearest place to eat is Greenpark Market or South-Ex. (which are 10 mins. away from the Office but the HR guy is nice and allows for a lunch- break of 45-60 mins!)
Rs. 5000/-(4 weeks)
At the end of the Karanjawala internship, one is supposed to submit a worksheet with all the details of assignment that the intern had done during the internship.
Also, one is required to submit a project- report on any issue of law (we submitted our college projects!)
Accommodation and Commute
Since I am from Delhi and I had personal commute. However there are many PG’s in Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony etc close by.
Lajpat Nagar has plenty of places to eat with affordable tiffin systems, dhabas, restaurants and food-outlet chains.
Also Lajpat Nagar has a very good connectivity:
- Taxi/Auto-rikshaws from Lajpat Nagar would charge you Rs. 45/- to Factory Road office.(15-20 mins.)
- DTC Buses would charge you Rs 10/- (Non-AC) and Rs.15/- (AC) from Lajpat Nagar –IV bus-stop to Safdarjung Hospital and then a 2-mins walk to office. (15 mins)
- Metro – Does not make sense at all. By auto it’s a 10 min ride and metro would take you 25 mins as it goes to Connaught Place and then brings you all the way back to AIIMS which is parallel to Moolchande and have a gap of just 4-5 km between them.
If you want a “comfortable” litigation experience, the Karanjawala internship would help you to get so. Also, ask for work wherever you intern, don’t be apprehensive about its nature – associates would help you and would not shout at you since you are an ‘Intern’.
If you work sincerely, you would be rewarded with appreciation which at this level means a lot and boosts your confidence.