I learnt that college life is not just about running after your grades or fancy internships. You should chill and have fun. But at the same time, you should give yourself the time to read, and reading a lot and expressing yourself is really important and a part of the skill-package that the profession demands.
Name of the organization. City
Udwadia Udeshi & Argus Partners, Bangalore
Duration of the internship
18th November to 18th December, 2013
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office is located in a building called Bharat Apartments.
The office is the right size- not too huge, not too small- overall, the office environment was very cozy.
I had my own cubicle.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
You can mail your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org saying that you want to apply for the Bangalore office.
Do call them and they might confirm your internship on the phone itself. (08022373160)
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings 5 days a week.
Saturdays are off. 10 am to 6.30 PM. It’s best if you leave with the associates, who would leave around 7.00 or 7.30 PM, however, you are free to leave at 6.30 PM.
They are okay if you come a little late or leave a little early- quality of work and a little diligence on your part is what they actually care about.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed at a PG on Markham Road, however there were a lot of PGs available near the office too. Finding a PG is not a problem in Bangalore, and they are much cheaper than Delhi and Bombay PGs.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
No formalities as such. They called me and asked name/ college/ why I applied to the office etc. One associate asked me if I wanted to do lit work or corp. I said both. And he assigned me work on the first day itself.
I was never made to sit around just like that. They treated me as a junior associate.
Main tasks (in detail)
Work was mostly research based. They gave me broad areas and articles covering specific aspects of those areas were required to be written. Matters like tax issues- Permanent Establishment, Force of Attraction principle etc., FDI in pharmaceutical industry, IPR issues like compulsory licensing.
They gave me detailed articles to write Karnataka Land Laws and history of Karnataka land laws (land grant, evolution of tenancy law, Rent Control (repeal), urban ceiling) Once I was given a specific research question on Stamp Act. I was taken to the courts sometimes.
Work environment, people
Supremely chilled work environment. Nobody expects you to be ultra serious all the time. You will never be treated like an outsider, it’s like you are a junior associate yourself. They would have lunch with you and make sure they talk to you once in a while.
They would joke around at the lunch table and make sure you do too. And they will ensure that you are enjoying your internship as well as the city.
I was like a kid to them. Super caring and warm associates. The office assistant who is one ultra sweet lady will offer you coffee/ tea two times a day. Sometimes she would also get my lunch. At the High Court, you will be treated to lunch by the associates.
They would be glad to hear from you- your life, how you are enjoying the internship, if there’s any specific work you would like to, if you are facing any problems with respect to anything- be it accommodation or at the office.
Basically, if you are not doing their work on time, you would feel like drowning yourself somewhere because they are pampering you so much, all the time.
Best things? (Nothing is all bad)
Best thing? They took me for beer on the last day of my internship (which was actually the first proper alcohol experience I had ever).
They also took me out for an amazing lunch the previous day. 😀
Other than that, the list of best things would include a lot of learning experience- from gyan on little things like how should cover letters be written, how to get the law firm job to getting exposure to subjects that I had not studied even a bit.
I learnt how a law firm works and also that straitjacketing yourself to the corporate jobs is not always such a good idea.
Bad things? (Nothing is all good)
Sometimes you wouldn’t get access to the databases but I didn’t need it mostly. Other than that, I don’t think anything was bad.
Maybe you could count one thing as bad- they pamper you so much that you get overwhelmed at times- and you are never exposed to the hard life that most law firms offer (treating you like a piece of shit, throwing your work away, getting yelled at etc)
But then again, once in a while it’s good to get treated with respect and be pampered!
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
Bangalore is amazing like that- cheap places to eat/drink if you want to, fancy places to eat/drink if you want to.
MG Road and Brigade road are very close by, and autos is not a problem- so you can just go and explore the city. I would mostly chill with my friends after office hours.
Also, there’s a canteen right opposite the office building where you could go if you want some time out during office hours.
No stipend. I don’t think you need stipend as an incentive to work at this office because you will get rewarded with a good recommendation and beer with them if you show just a little amount of sincerity and give them good work.
Anything else you’d like to tell
It was the greatest time I had in a very long time. Working at the office was a lot of fun. The ‘human touch’ that everybody yearns for at a law firm internship was in abundance there. They never let me feel out of place.
One of the reasons I would be more than happy to go back and work with them.
I learnt that college life is not just about running after your grades or fancy internships.
You should chill and have fun. But at the same time, you should give yourself the time to read, and reading a lot and expressing yourself is really important and a part of the skill-package that the profession demands. Anyhow, at the end of the day, it’s about how your quality of life is.
Ideally, you should have a balanced out work life, and that’s what the firm promises to give you.