“Yeh sheher, nahi mehfil hai!” This is an apt description that Bollywood gave to Delhi. The perpetually alive crowd, the relishing food, the Qawwalis at Dargah, the historic monuments, Delhi, the sprawling city can awaken the writer in you.
Dec 3rd to Dec 24th (3 weeks) Holidays included!
I have always wanted to understand how the top lawyers of country operate within the infamous Supreme Court of our country, the court that creates history. It has always been known to be the institution that inspires change in our country.
Even in the darkest time of our country’s history, it has acted as a rebel against an all-powerful force with its judgement from exceptional judges such as Justice Krishna Iyer, Justice Khanna.
I always wanted to see this machinery in person and I finally got the chance when my internship was confirmed by Senior Advocate Jayant Bhushan.
The mail popped up one fine afternoon unexpectedly. Out of the 12 applications that I had sent, I just got 2 positive replies.
I was ecstatic; I couldn’t wait to get to Delhi again. I had just finished an internship there when I received the conformation mail.
I was homesick, I was tired, but getting a chance to work in the Supreme Court was alluring and intriguing enough to make me want to leave immediately for this wonderful conquest.
NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION, CITY, OFFICE ADDRESS, HOW WAS THE OFFICE?
Bhushans, C-67, Sector-14, Noida- 201301, Delhi. This was an address I was looking forward to visiting since the time I got my confirmation email. I took the metro towards Noida from the place I was staying, hoping it won’t be too difficult to travel.
Since I lived in Nirman Vihar during my internship, I did not have to pass through the centre of this over crowded, highly enthusiastic city (crazy drivers and abusive pedestrians). I reached Sector 14 quicker than I expected and got down at the station.
I headed towards a rickshaw to travel to the address, which I later found out wasn’t that far away from the station. I reached this amazing, beautifully constructed home which didn’t even give off a hint of being a home as well as an office. I enter the compound to find that I had no idea where the entrance is.
All I could do was call the clerk at the office who was kind enough to come outside to show me the way in. The office was on the ground floor itself. I entered and I was led to his office which almost felt like as if he were a corporate giant.
It looked professional and classy. It had a huge table where the conference with the junior lawyers and the interns in the form of a briefing for the next day events. There was a huge lamp that stood out which just makes you feel like reading everything you can get your hands on.
I loved it. I dream of having such an office when I reach the Supreme Court one day.
Almost always, Jayant sir will be the person picking it up as well. (He won’t, if he is busy at the court). He is very considerate about your problems, so if you have any issue at all, you can talk right away.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND INTERNSHIP CONTACT DETAILS
Email id: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application along with the CV can very well be sent on this email. Furthermore, you can call him on his number after that. The mail will be answered nevertheless.
Waiting period may vary. From all the discussions we had, I got to know that he actually reads the CV.
An ardent badminton player as he is, he got internship application from someone who plays badminton at national level, in a manner of jest he remarked that he should test his interns before accepting their applications.
Also, he does consider your CGPA for taking you in, that’s also one of his criteria for juniorship under him.
The subject line for my internship application was “Application for internship in the month of December, 2015”.
The body of my application was my cover letter and expression of interest in a format provided by Lawctopus itself.
It had my contact details, my reasons to intern under him and how enrich my experience by contributing to his work.
I also attached my CV which was again the same format as prescribed by Lawctopus.
While I got a reply from Mr. Jayant Bhushan, I also got one from Mr. Amarjeet Singh Chandhiok, Additional Solicitor General of India, New Delhi.
After consulting one of my college seniors, I came to a decision to intern under Mr. Jayant Bhushan because he takes up all matters and was a Supreme Court lawyer as well, while Mr. Chandhiok’s work primarily focussed in the High Court, Delhi. Hence, the decision to go for Mr. Bhushan.
DAYS OF WORK PER WEEK AND DURATION
My internship was 3 weeks long mostly because of the fact that there were court vacations. You can go for 4 weeks also if you start a little earlier. You can start towards November end and continue till mid-December.
There was work every day of the week, even on Sundays which was almost enjoyable. If you want to leave an impression, you can do so with a little extra effort.
It started at 10 am and ended around 7:30 pm on almost all days, but you can expect some exceptions, like being left early. It’s not rigorous. If you don’t want to go, you may not. There is no hard and fast rule.
Jayant Sir is open to interns taking a day off to have a little fun. I guess he expects the interns to be mature for their own good.
FIRST DAY, FIRST IMPRESSION
I had reached Delhi without a phone, thanks to the Indian Railways for frying the IC in my phone. Nevertheless, I had a spare and ancient Nokia phone which somehow always came to my rescue no matter how much I detest it.
It was four of us. So, we leave the house at 9:30 am from Nirman Vihar and head for the Supreme Court. I was asked by Jayant Sir’s clerk to meet him in the Supreme Court.
We approach the Pragati Maidan metro station and we see the big dome shaped structure which is prominent in every news channel which reports of a controversial judgment being delivered by the Apex Court.
Although it looked like a giant Roman helmet to me, it was very majestic against the grey sky. We get down and ask our way into the Gate E of Supreme Court. Gate E for the reason that here is the place interns get their internship pass.
The gates are at a walkable distance from the station. Sir’s assistant helped me out with the details and I finally got my pass, remember to carry a photocopy of your college ID as it is mandatory to provide it for the pass.
Next, I was in the Supreme Court, looking for Mr. Bhushan. His assistant took me to him. He was not as he looks in pictures; he was more elegant and sophisticated in person. Then, I met two other jovial people, his juniors.
One of them had passed out of ILS, Pune and the other was from OP Jindal Global Law University.
They were very warm and friendly.
The time I met Sir, he was being briefed for his case which was due in minutes.
I watched the proceedings which were regarding AFSPA and the ongoing war of words between the Amicus Curiae, Menaka Guruswamy and the Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi. That went on for hours.
Later, Jayant Sir had a briefing regarding an Oppression and Mismanagement case in the Lawyers’ chambers in front of the Supreme Court. That again went on for an hour or more. Next, I had to go to the Bhushan residence at Noida.
His house was cosy, his office professional. The walls were stacked with law reviews and decorated with collections of large paintings. There was another briefing regarding AFSPA there. Once the briefing was over, it was around 7:20 pm. It was time to go back.
MAIN TASKS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Mainly, reading the cases and knowing the facts so that it’s easier when you sit for a briefing with him or watch the proceedings.
The juniors are very amicable. You can ask whatever doubts you have without hesitation.
Since Sir takes all cases, you will have a platter to choose from as well.
You learn as to how he reasons and how he prepares himself before a hearing.
Since, Mondays and Fridays are miscellaneous days, you will be asked to go to the High Court or the Company Law Board or Appellate Tribunal for Electricity. Sundays can be holidays if you want them to be, you won’t be forced and it shall be your choice.
There were lots of books to read and there was Wi-Fi as well. You are always supposed to be in formals since you go to Courts directly.
Sometimes, you will have absolutely no work. Make sure that you have something to keep you busy.
You can call in sick, Sir will be considerate. Sometimes, he won’t even realise. He is a humble person, but you should never try to test his patience; he won’t be lax beyond a point.
The juniors will be very nice to you but they would mostly be engaged talking amongst themselves. Apart from that, they will provide certain friendly insights and suggestions.
One such suggestion was to once intern in the trial court because that’s where you see the application of laws on a practical basis. Once or twice there were friendly arguments as to where one gets the best biriyanis! All in all it would be a very positive environment.
PROS AND CONS
The best thing was the ample amount of time that I got to do anything that I wanted. There were no restrictions; you are not obliged to do anything here.
Everything you do here is for your own reasons and purposes, you want to work, read the cases, sit through the briefings, go to courts, slog the entire day, no one’s going to stop you or you can stay home and rest! Suit your interests and enjoy.
The second good thing about this internship was Sir’s juniors, very informative, very practical and very funny.
Having lunch with them at the SC canteen was one of the best things during the internship, the biriyani, the thalis; everything is way above average there for a canteen! And why won’t it be when the food is extremely good and your seniors pay for it! Apparently, that is the custom.
Thirdly, I used to stay at Nirman Vihar which was like 3 stations away from Pragati Maidan. It was really convenient. This is one thing you should keep in mind before deciding on a place to stay, Travelling can be a pain, so be strategic!
Fourthly, it’s Delhi; it’s impossible not to have fun in Delhi, especially during winters. Moreover, if you are staying with three-four friends, you can roam around, have the best of the foods and live!
I travelled and visited Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Lodhi Gardens, Humayun’s tomb, Hauz Khas, India Gate, Khan Market and what not. I had the best jalebis at jalebiwalas at Chandni Chowk and the best seekh kebabs at Karim’s, the rolls at Khan Chacha, lip-smacking Parsi food at Khan Market and the list is long.
Coming to the negative aspects, what I noticed was that even though he is a well-known lawyer, if you come here with the expectation of learning something, all you will get is loads of court visits and case reading.
Eventually, you will realise that he doesn’t really bother about the interns which he is fully authorised to do considering that he is a senior lawyer.
The next thing is that it’s Delhi, it’s polluted, if you can’t cope up with pollution, this is not the place you should be.
Plus, the water is horrible. The apartment we were staying at didn’t have a water filter when we were actually told that there was direct water supply which was good for consumption. It tasted metallic and was not at all consumable directly. We had to boil water and cool it in the refrigerator the entire month.
All in all, it was a good experience. I also remember that one day when I saw Mr. P. Chidambaram at the Supreme Court and how he looked up at me and smiled because I couldn’t contain my excitement and happiness when I saw him. That is one well-etched memory.
HOW THE INTERNSHIP COULD BE BETTER
All this internship lacked was ample amount of work. If you do this internship to with the expectation to actually assist Sir in his work, well, you are going to be disappointed. The internship lacked interaction mostly.
The other trouble was going to Sir’s house every day from Supreme Court. That could have been easily done without. That made the travelling process a little longer than I expected it to be.
I stayed in Nirman Vihar. Travelling was a jiffy. The owner was nice. It was a fully furnished apartment for which we paid around 30,000/-.
Here’s the owner’s number- 9212709586. It was very homely. There was quite a big mall named V3S mall at a walkable distance from the place we stayed at. You easily get everything there. There are good hospitals nearby also.
So, living was easy. For travelling, there is metro always. Issue a metro card in the beginning of the month, it becomes very convenient. It is crowded nevertheless. If you are going to intern in the SC, this is the place you should live. It is the blue line, there is no changing.
All in all, it was a great experience. Internships are always beneficial not only for a person’s career but also for great life experiences. Never miss a chance to do one!
This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.