Meenakshi, 3rd Year, National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi shares her experience at Athena Law Associates. The said law firm is a leading advisory law firm in India providing the gamut of commercial services which specialises in Indirect Tax Laws.
Address of the Organization
Athena Law Associates, Dwarka, Delhi.
Duration of the Internship
1st February 2019 to 28th February 2019
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office is small. It is an apartment in a residential building which is converted into an office. There are almost 7-8 associates and a Managing Partner.
One can apply through the placement cell of their college. However, you may also apply personally by emailing your CV and Cover Letter at firstname.lastname@example.org. I was also asked to write an article on “Sabarimala Temple Judgment” depicting my opinion within two days. Reply to the same was received after a week.
It is highly recommended to apply at least 2 months prior to the period of internship.
Work Hours at Athena Law
The office works 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) from 10:30 am-6:00 pm. Interns are not allowed to stay beyond 6 pm.
First impression, First day, formalities
I was asked to reach the office by 10.30 am. The office is situated in Shree Awas, L&T Building, Dwarka. I found it difficult to navigate the office but there were guards on the main entrance of the building where the office was situated who were generous to help me out.
I was asked to sit in a conference room where I met my co-intern. We were asked to submit a copy of College Id and a passport size photograph to the office staff. We were then introduced to Managing Partner Mr Pramod Kumar Rai.
After a brief interaction, we were asked to proceed to a room and were asked to watch the Parliament session wherein the Union Interim Budget, 2019 was being presented by the Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal.
It was very intriguing to watch the Budget session as few major changes in the area of Income Tax for salaried class people were announced. We were given a common task for preparing a brief note providing an overview of key announcements, changes and proposal made in the Interim Budget 2019.
The firm extensively deals with Indirect Tax Laws. I was majorly involved in drafting replies to Show Cause Notices relating to SCOMET items, Customs Act, DGFT, Courier Import and Exports Regulations and research work based on substantive and procedural aspects in various areas of law.
You are required to submit the work within certain time frame and you are free to approach associates personally in case of any doubt.
As the firm is very small, associates are friendly and you may directly approach them for work. I almost got work from everyone during the internship. Interns usually face a problem with the work if they had not studied the basics of tax in their course curriculum, keeping this in mind associates are very kind and helpful. They are ready to lead you up with the work.
The friendly work culture in the office where the associates are extremely helpful allows you to learn and complete your task positively. It is very easy to build the network which can help you to hunt for coming internships.
There was not any bad thing as such but it is important to mention that the place is a secluded area where there are very few places to eat. So, one has to manage lunch by ordering the food from Zomato, Swiggy or Uber Eats.
I stayed with my relatives in Dwarka. But there are PG and flats available in Dwarka with reasonable rent. The office is at 15-17 minutes of walking from Dwarka Sec-12 Metro Station.