Intern Details (Name, college name, batch)
Nirbhay Gupta, 2nd Year, National Law University, Patiala
Name & location of the organisation where you interned.
The Practice, Advocates and Consultants, New Delhi
Duration of Internship. Office timing
The duration of my internship in the firm was four weeks i.e. from 3rd January to 31st January, 2017. You’ll be expected to work 6 days a week. Saturdays might be off but that depends on how much work there is in the office. Timings were: 10:00 A.M. to 8 P.M. for boys 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. for girls
Application process. (How did you apply?)
Just e-mail your CV with a cover letter to the Managing Partner of the firm, Mr. Anupam Tripathi at the following IDs and follow up: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com He usually replies within 1-2 weeks
The office is located at B-55, Retreat Apartment, 20 IP Extension, Patparganj, New Delhi. Lakshmi Nagar or Akshardham Metro stations are the nearest. My reporting time for the first day was 11:00 A.M. so I reached the office at sharp 11:00 A.M. When I entered the office I was asked to wait in the conference room by the one of the Associate. There I was joined by other co-interns and we got to know a little bit about each other. Later on Sir called me in his office and we had the introduction thing. Never forget that you only have one opportunity to make first impression. The way you conduct yourself is the key to first impression. Anupam Sir is modest and humble and treat interns at par with the Associates. He does not differentiate between an associate and an intern. The first day formalities are not so comprehensive. You just need to carry your Id card, appointment letter and your CV. Thereafter, I was allotted the case file and was told to read the same and then my job was to brief the case in addition to the research work supporting and strengthening the case. My first day at work was a reality check for me. Since it was my first experience working in a firm, I got to know about the day to day working of a litigation firm.
Infrastructure and environment at the office; team strength
The work environment was relaxed and was very supportive. All the Associates and interns work in harmony and good spirit. The Associates were, friendly, helpful, cooperative and made the interns very comfortable. There is a separate area for Associates and interns to carry out their work. The Associates and interns are provided with desktop computers. But I would advise you to carry your own laptop as due to large number of interns, sometimes, all the desktops are occupied and you might not be able to use one. Team Strength: 10-15 People
Main task (please elaborate)
The main task was to do research on various topics, visit courts along with sir, drafting work, assist Associates in various works provided to them. All the interns were exposed to Consumer Cases, Matrimonial Cases, PILs, Animal Right Cases and got to learn about the various aspects revolving around litigation. The best part of interning at The Practice is that you hardly sit idle as there is lot of work which is given to you. It was a great learning experience overall. During this internship I also visited various courts including the Karkardooma Court, ITAT and Ghaziabad District Court. I also got a chance to appear before a judge to seek next date in one of the matter. Apart from that, I also worked for the NGO run by Mr. Anupam Tripathi named Fight For Animal Rights, India (FFAR) which aims at protection and welfare of animals through High Impact litigation in Courts.
Overall experience; pros & cons
Pros: At The Practice, you get to learn about the basics of litigation and the basic procedures concerning various courts. I, personally got to know the procedure to file the Processing Fee in a court, amongst various other things, while I visited the Karkadooma Court for a matter. Cons: There was no bad thing as such that I faced during my duration of the internship. The only thing that I can remember is that there is no place nearby from where you can go and have lunch in case you feel very hungry and while entering the office you have to mark your attendance twice, once at the entrance of the apartment and again in the official register. Also, on my way to the office, traffic jams were frequent which was very irritating.
The biggest lesson which I learnt by this internship is “Perfection is the key to success.” Drafting is the inherent, integral, and the important part of the legal profession and mastering the art of draftsmanship lead you to the door of success.
Any other issue
How likely are you willing to recommend someone to intern there? (Please elaborate.)
Those who want to pursue a career in Litigation, this will be a good learning experience