Your Name, College, Year of Study
Rachna Nain, Institute of law, Nirma University , Ahmedabad,
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Vaish Associates Advocates (here); New Delhi
Address: 1st Floor,Mohan Dev Building, 3 Tolstoy Marg,Connaught Place, Delhi
Application Process with contact details
One should apply at least 2-3 months before the internship. Since there is a cap on the number of interns retained at a time, its better to apply in advance.
Duration of internship and timing
Timings : 10:00 am to 6:45 pm
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The first day, I was asked to enter at 10:00 in the office of HR (Ms. Shikha Wadhwa) who then asked me to read, fill and sign introduction forms, confidentiality contracts. You are supposed to read all the forms very carefully especially Interns conduct and IT security policy.
After I was done with this, my details were registered and joining mail was sent to all the associates which meant they now know I have joined as an intern and did contact me accordingly. Further, I had to register myself in the attendance register and digital attendance was taken through attendance punching machine. There are a few rules about attendance:
- You are supposed to enter between 9:30 am to 10:00 am, later than that would be registered as late entry. If you enter 3 time after 10:00, your half day will be deducted. Entering after 11:00 even once will lead to immediate half day deduction.
- More than 10% absence will be mentioned in your certificate, so being absent is the last thing you would want to do.
- Though the officially timings are till 6:45 pm but if you have work , you can stay back and work in Mohan dev building.
I then got a computer synchronized with the available Wi-Fi connection to work with. I was then asked to login to the common mail id (for all interns), there I was mailed work by associates of my department or maybe they will call you on your extension which is again common for all the interns.
Later on we had an interaction with the Principal Associate who allotted us a project/presentation/research paper to be made/submitted at the end of ones internship on some current burning issue, something on which even the associates might be taking interest in.
The office size is not very big but it had sufficient space to adjust all the staff and the interns. It is decent enough. The interns at Vaish Associates were provided sufficient space to work and all worked together. It was equipped with a few desktops, Wi-Fi/wired LAN connectivity being provided by them.
The interns area was in the alps building whereas the associates sat in the Mohandev building, so we could make use of that for our personal use and privacy to crack some jokes, talk about each other colleges’ and chit chat to relax and take small short breaks.
The office of Vaish Associates in Delhi has major focus on the practice related to Corporate law including Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers and IPR, and the firm is very well known for its taxation department.
The main tasks in this office are basically working on such propositions/research questions on which either the question of law is either disputed or undefined or is utterly confusing and unclear
You then have to look into all such statutes/cases/articles where the thing in question finds mention and were related to the Companies Act, the FERA & the FEMA, SEBI Takeover Guidelines, the RBI Master Circulars, the Copyright Act, Patents Act, Competition Act, and sometimes the Civil Laws like CPC etc, Delhi Stamp Act etc.
I was interning in the competition law department so my work was related to that only. I had the opportunity to be a part of big competition law cases and had done everything from a simple case law based research to crucial information finding and research. Every person over there has his/her own style of working and requirements to be fulfilled and you would have to adapt yourself accordingly for that.
Your response to all those queries/questions shall be in the form of small write ups of 3-5 pages including everything like the current position of law, what the commentaries say about it, what the courts have said and lastly your own viewpoint, suggestions and conclusion. You will get prompt reply on submission of your research and most of the associates give personal feedbacks which help you improve your skills.
Work environment and people
The workplace at the firm was great. The amicable manner by which the interns were managed is estimable. The climate was greatly sound, suitable and favorable which made a positive environment to work in for each intern.
There are a few exceptions in each firm however most of them were similarly receptive and one was allowed to return through mail or calling on landling in the event of any question or contradiction.. There was no sort of wasting time or associates staying on leave for a long period of time and days together.
The good work done is duly applauded and appreciated on spot. The work done in a wrong/inefficient manner is constructively (sometimes heavily) criticized with the expected changes/outcomes being notified immediately.
You are always treated as a person who is working for the firm professionally and not someone who is small/big or above or below few people.
Since the office is located at central Delhi so during the lunch time you can go and have food in famous restaurants of CP.
I didn’t find any.
It was my first time experience to intern in a law firm, but the biggest lesson which I learnt, which perhaps everyone should learn from their internships is that it is never too early to start.
With proper utilization and management of time, I always submitted my work within the allotted time and at the same time maintained the standard of the work also while submitting.
I stayed with my relatives but one can find PG near the office or in south Delhi.
The office was 2 minutes-walking-distance away from the Janpath (Connaught Place) Metro Station.
The official timings are from 9:45 to 19:00 Hours. You are expected to be there latest by 10:00 which otherwise would create a bad impression, they do keep a note of your punctuality.
The working days are from Monday to Friday except that 1st Saturday of the month is working. You would never be required to work on Saturdays and the Sundays unless there is an extremely grave emergency and you yourself are so willing to forego this one day off.