8 July 2014

Legal Intern (Indian Supreme Court)

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Why did you choose this internship?

I chose to do this internship when I was in 2nd year of law school. As a future law professional, I feel like every person who hopes to be in the legal field should have an experience on how the courts function, as litigation is a very essential part of the legal field. Prior to this internship I had already interned in the District Courts of Delhi and High Court of Delhi. Thus, I wanted to complete the experience by interning in the Supreme Court, which as we all know is the apex court of the nation and the head of the judicial system of a country.

Which tasks did you carry out and which competences were required?

The work that I did was mostly research- based. Finding case laws relevant to a case that has been read and understood was the prime task. Other than that, I also researched on legislations and statutes. The work was mostly on Criminal Law and Civil Law but I also had to look into Property Law and Service Tax.

How was the working environment?

The working environment was very good. Mr. Lalit is a very busy person since he handles the most high-profile cases in India. Thus, he could not give personal attention to the interns, but his juniors were very helpful. He was available on Saturdays if one wanted to talk to him and sat with his entire staff to discuss matters of the next week. Also, in the morning we had to attend the court proceeding and in the evening we had to sit in his office and do the research-work. Such an arrangement helped the interns actually see the work they did being applied in the Court during the hearings.

How did you get used to the context outside the working environment?

There were a total of 6 interns and they were all quite friendly. I did not have a difficulty in making friends. As for accommodation and living cost, I cannot answer as I come from the city where I worked, but I know that there are interns coming from all over India and a variety of law schools.

Another positive factor of interning at Supreme Court is that it is in a very good location. It is in Central Delhi and most areas of the city are easily accessible. There are plenty of places nearby that one can visit. One such place is the Indian Society for International Law (ISIL) which is right across the road from Supreme Court. The ISIL hosts a lot of quizzes, seminars, lectures, etc. for students interning in the SC and even the lawyers. I participated in a quiz there and was placed third, but the knowledge that I gained and the fun that I had cannot be expressed!

Would you recommend this experience?

The internship was not paid. However, I would definitely recommend this internship to all law students. The chances of being hired are higher if one interns in his/her final year of law school. I would advice students to intern first in District Courts and learn the work and then join the Supreme Court. Also, if it’s possible, it is always advisable to work under an Advocate- on record first and then a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court.

Which ambitions did you have before living this experience and which ones do you have now?

Before this internship I was not sure in which field of law I would like to get into. But after the experience I learnt a great deal more about what it’s like to practice law in the Supreme Court and well, it’s definitely a great career option!

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