The Associates were very helpful. They would joke around in the office and interact with you. They would make sure that you do not feel like an outsider.
Place of internship
PKA Advocates formerly known as Paras Kuhad and Associates.
I applied for 3 weeks. The office is open and working 6 days a week with second Saturday’s off.
The timings are 9:30 am to 7:30 pm from Monday to Friday and 10 am to 5 pm every Saturday.
They are quite strict about attendance and timings. So you are expected to be at the office latest by 10 am.
You can leave as soon as the HR leaves which is generally by 7 pm. The schedule is quite taxing with only an hour for the lunch break.
But if you are not in a mood to work much someday then the library is your escape route. All you have to do is a pick up a few books and pretend to scour them. Generally the HR comes twice a day to check on your work.
The office of PKA Advocates is at 3rd floor Ganpati Plaza in Jaipur. It is huge and impressive though the place assigned to the interns is quite congested. The office boasts of a library which has all the books you would ever need in law.
It has around 6 associates, 4 senior associates and 2 partners. The interns are supposed to share the allotted workstations which are only 4 in number. But they can sit in the library of the conference hall if they do not have work on the computers.
I applied by e-mail. One is supposed to apply at least 2 months prior to the date one wishes to intern from. Generally the HR Manager does not pay heed to these e-mails but if you call them and follow up they will definitely grant you an internship. One can apply at firstname.lastname@example.org
My first day a Paras Kuhad was quite tiring. I arrived in the office at 9:30 am sharp. I had to wait an hour at the reception as the HR happened to be late that day. She called me inside her cubicle and asked me my subjects of interests and then asked one of the peons to show me around the office.
I was first asked to meet one of the Senior Associates who was very sweet. He assigned me a work on the proposed 117th amendment to begin with. And once I was done with it he took out almost an hour to discuss it with me.
Afterwards I had barely got to the place that was assigned to me when I was called in by another Associate who asked me a lot of questions on Company law and only once he was satisfied did he let me go. I worked the whole day on finding judgments on various provisions in Company Law.
I had filled in my subjects of interest as Taxation and Company Laws so I was allotted work accordingly. I was asked to research, look for judgments, write case notes, draft legal notices, read files and brief the concerned associate.
I was also given a lot of work on SEBI which was quite interesting. I also kept a tab on all the latest reforms in SEBI which were quite a lot this month.
The office of PKA Advocates has a lot of civil and criminal law related work too so if you are not a big fan of Business laws then do not worry you can get work in your area of interest too.
The work environment was quite friendly. The Associates were very helpful. They would not just assign you work but also take the pain of explaining the whole case to you in detail and they would entertain all your doubts.
They would joke around in the office and interact with you. They would tell you how their Court proceedings went. They would make sure that you do not feel like an outsider.
The best thing about the Paras Kuhad office were definitely the “Associates” and the “Library”. Interning in this office makes you learn a lot primarily because the attitude of the associates towards you is very friendly.
If you are a fan of the traditional methods and you do not mind reading a really thick volume over a cup of tea then the library would be the best place for you.
The bad things about the office were the fact that there is no stipend even though you work a lot and the number of workstations for the
interns are quite less which leads to queuing up.
Other than that PKA is a nice firm to intern with in order to learn.
I live in Jaipur so the accommodation was not an issue for me. But for those students who are not residents of Jaipur the office is quite centrally located and there are a number of reasonably priced PG accommodations around.
The office is on the 3rd floor of a mall. The mall has a very big market in its basement along with a Pizza Hut and a Parantha Hut on the ground floor.
Also there is Cafe Coffee Day and a Naturals Ice Cream Parlour not very far from the office. So food would not be an issue at all.
Participate in the Lawctopus’ Summer Internship Writing Competition, 2013 HERE.