Madhav Maira, Amity Law School, Delhi, 2nd Year; (4th Semester)
Duration of Internship
6 weeks (15th June- 31st July, 2015)
Name of the Advocate
Sir Rana Mukherjee
Office Address: Chamber No. 112; 1st Floor, CK Daphtary Chambers, Tilak Lane, New Delhi, 110001. (Opposite Supreme Court/ besides the Indian Law Institute)
E-Mail Id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone No.: It is strongly advised that the CV/ Resume is sent at least two months in advance by the internee who desires to intern via mail.
Once your application is accepted then Sir would provide you his contact details.
Commuting Process: Reaching There
If you are travelling by the Delhi metro then you have to get off at Pragati Maidan Station on Blue line. From there the office is located at a distance of 10 minutes.
E-rickshaws are easily available just at the exit of the metro station. Otherwise a walk can be enjoyed besides the plush green surroundings of the Supreme Court to reach the chambers.
Intern Hazir Ho: First Day; First Impression!
The office timings are from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Monday-Friday) and Saturdays used to be off. However in exceptional cases which were listed on Mondays then till 1.30 p.m.
The timings may vary from day to day in case Sir leaves the chambers early then leverage is provided to the internees also.
It is recommended to reach the chambers by 9.15 a.m. as it gives you an opportunity to have a feel of the office and the books which provide you ample information to deal with cases.
In case there is no hearing then Sir would always be on time. On my first day I was asked to relax for a day or two as my exams had just finished and the Court was closed.
But Sir introduced me to the clerk, Subol who knows anything and everything w.r.t to the procedures, filing of cases, getting your entry card to the Court made, how to get work done easily and efficiently.
Then there is Tandon Ji i.e. the Stenographer who would always treat you with warmth and care.
In the following days I was introduced with Kasturika Di and Ekta Di who are juniors to sir.
They are affectionate and will guide you at each and every step which will make you feel homely. (Another reason for a perfect internship).
Suit Up for ‘The Work’
Firstly, be well versed with the subjects that you are studying currently and have studied in the previous years as Sir consistently checks your knowledge and grip on the topics.
You’ll be provided with a laptop in case you don’t have one and Kasturika Di will instruct you with preparing list of dates, briefs of the case, and finding important case laws.
Before proceeding any further you would be required either the evening before or the next day to brief Sir about the relevant facts of the case either in favor or against the party which we are representing.
Finally, you will be required to take out 2 print outs, one for Sir and other which will be given to the bench.
You would be required to deal with matters concerning Constitution, Land Acquisition, Criminal and Civil, Administration, Family Law, Specific Relief, Consumer Protection and many others.
The intern can attend meetings with the parties relating to which they have worked.
Mondays and Fridays are miscellaneous days thus the interns are not allowed as hearings don’t take place at a length on these days.
So visit the Courts from Tuesdays to Fridays. Take the occasion to visit other Court rooms as well especially the Court room of Chief Justice (CR-1) even though it won’t be easy to get in there.
Mobile phones are mostly prohibited inside the court rooms but you might sneak in once or twice but do keep the phones on silent as no one would like to be ousted from the court by the lordships.
Keep a tab of the cases and the court rooms in which Sir would be going in order to hear him argue the case.
Food for Thought
As I am a resident of Delhi so food was not a problem as I used to take ghar ka khaana which everyone thoroughly enjoys and savors.
Otherwise there is the canteen of the Supreme court one, on the first floor which caters to fast food needs and the other just below the tomb of the Court which will refreshen your taste buds at easily affordable prices consisting of proper meals.
Apart from this there is a canteen of Indian Law Institute and Daphtary Chambers which can be kept as a last resort.
Whenever Sir is in the chamber to have food along with us it will surely be a feast not to miss out. A proper arrangement for lunch is there consisting of plates, napkins, cutlery, glasses etc.
There is a tea/ coffee machine along with different varieties of delicious cookies and biscuits that can be relished during teatime.
(Remember: Peanut butter cookies are the favorites in Chamber No. 112)
The Chamber is well equipped with books, (mind you a lot of them) mostly authorities, bare acts along with Supreme Court Cases (SCC) in case a recent judgment needs to be looked upon.
Also there is an open access to SCC Online to help you deal with finding case laws on a subject matter.
In case you need any book for academic purposes then there is a law bookshop (under way connecting Indian Law Institute to the Court) which provides 20% discount on books and 30% on bare acts.
Places to Hangout
Suggestion: You don’t need one! The work will actually leave you spell bound as the atmosphere of the Apex Court is so intimidating especially for the first timers.
International book fair, Palette fest and auto expo are few of the main attractions in Pragati Maidan (check out for the dates). Otherwise CP, Karol Bagh are the two hubs of attraction.
It is recommended that the interns from out station should opt for accommodation near to the Court as it will provide head on start in the morning and easy to reach in evening.
Pg’s are easily accessible and available at affordable prices in East Patel Nagar, Old/New Rajinder Nagar. (Metro @ Blue Line)
All in all the internship can be guaranteed to be a success both for the mentor and the mentee by just putting in some effort to work with utmost dedication, completing assignments within time, following all the ground rules and most importantly enjoying the tasks assigned to you.
Depends on the quality of work done. All the best!!
This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.