Name, College, Year of Study
Aasita, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, LL.M. Second Year
Name of Organisation
Advocate Kabir Dixit, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi
Applied through a personal contact but one may approach him on LinkedIn or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duration of Internship and Timings
8th February, 2017 to 8th May, 2017. 10am to 7pm. Timings are flexible depending upon the workload and other commitments in college.
First Impression, First Day Formalities, Infrastructure
Sir was undergoing a surgery when I joined the office, so I was received by his Associate who is very cordial and assigned me with some primary research.
Once Sir joined back (within a week of my joining), he asked me in detail of my future plans and prior experience. He made me feel at ease and we had a long chat about our law college, campus life and life in litigation.
No formalities on the first or any other day.
The office is in Basement and there is a common area where the interns, Associate and the clerk sits. Sir has a separate room with a splendid library with all kinds of books apart from the conventional legal ones. I wish I had the time to read some of those books, specially the ones related to the art of lawyering and on how to prepare your briefs.
The office is in Jungpura Extension. I was staying in East of Kailash, so it was easily accessible to me. One can comfortably find accommodation in the nearby areas as well.
I got loads of drafting work to do ranging from writ petitions, Rejoinders, CAT application, Review Petition etc. Sir would make me understand the matter in detail and brief me on what exactly he wants me to do. He was approachable at any time with any query I had and would appreciate genuine effort and output.
He took me to briefings of Senior Counsels on the matters I had worked on and always treated me as a budding lawyer and not just as an intern.
I preferred to work mostly in the office but one can also choose to accompany him or the associate to court on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I missed watching him in action arguing in court as many times the matters were listed on the Miscellaneous days and it was much later into my internship that I got my enrollment done.
Work Environment and People
Everyone in the office including the clerk are extremely professional and cordial.
Sir was easily approachable with any query I ever had and he guided me well regarding any matter at hand or any career decision. I am sure I will continue to take his advice throughout my life as a lawyer.
- Priority was given to quality rather than quantity of work.
- Never in my three months of the internship did I feel like an intern. I was always treated like a teammate.
- The background research that goes into every case here is mind blowing. Sir gives and expects you to give attention to detail to substantiate or refute any legal argument.
- I worked on a lot of service matters and surprisingly enjoyed them a lot. It opened a new dimension for me which otherwise I might not have taken up on my own.
- Learnt what drafting entails and how to present a case.
The only bad thing is that one day you have to leave this office.
Litigation is a challenging and yet a highly rewarding profession, not only in financial terms but in terms of the overwhelming feeling of initiating, substantiating and finally basing your case on a tiny legal argument.
There is no bypassing extensive research and the continuous hard work required in each and every case. Having said all that, one must continue in the profession with a relaxed and stress-free attitude and enjoy the fascinating work that comes your way.