Fathima Mehendi, a 3rd year law student of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi shares her internship experience at INDIALAW LLP, Bangalore. INDIALAW is a leading law firm with Pan India presence with offices in all the major cities of the country.
College, Year of Study
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), 3rd Year (5th Semester)
Name of the Organisation and Address
#302, 3rd floor, Prestige Infantry Court, No. 130, Infantry Road,
Bangalore – 560001
Duration of Internship
1 month (December- January)
How big was the office? Team strength?
INDIALAW is a top law firm having its offices in all the major cities in the Country. Its head office is situated in Mumbai. For my internship, I interned at the Bangalore branch office. The Bangalore office is pretty small in size. There are only 2 senior associates working regularly at the office. Sometimes paralegals are hired for specific periods of time. There is also a Client manager who works partly from the office and partly work from home. There were two other interns apart from me.
All the work done in the Bangalore branch has to be approved by the Senior Partners. The office is under CCTV surveillance and is constantly monitored by the HR team in Mumbai.
Application procedure/Internship contact details
The application should be sent to the HR team of the firm via email. I applied to the mail id firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also apply to email@example.com. I received a reply for the same within a few weeks.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed at Central Street, Shivaji Nagar which is very close to the office. It was only a 5-minute walk from my PG to the office. It was a new PG so it was very clean. Moreover, the Wi-Fi connection was available. Commercial Street was very nearby so it was easy to go shopping without being in stuck in traffic. Shivaji Nagar bus station was close by so there were no issues with traveling to far away places as well. There was a curfew of 10:00 pm at my PG so it wasn’t possible to stay out late. Overall the accommodation was very satisfying.
There are not many other PGs in that area since it is mainly a commercial area. But there are numerous PGs in MG Road and Indira Nagar at reasonable rates. So accommodation shouldn’t be a problem.
First impression, the first day, formalities, etc.
On my first day, I was asked to reach the office by 9:30 am. The office is situated on the 3rd floor of the building. I was greeted by my supervisor who was very warm and welcoming. She briefed me about the nature of the work in the office and was asked to submit my updated CV and two passport sized photographs which I was asked to bring along with me. She informed me that the office timings were from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. There were not many formalities and I was introduced to the other associate as well.
I was informed that the office mainly dealt with IBC matters and occasionally handled DRT, consumer and labor matters as well. As it was my first day, I was not given much to do. I was asked to go through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and get a general idea about the same. I was asked to prepare general notes on IBC and submit it the next day. All in all, it was a good start for my internship.
Main tasks (in detail)
During the course of my internship, I mainly researched on various aspects of the IBC, 2016. I had to prepare notes and submit it within the given deadline. The workload per day was not too much and manageable. I could usually complete my work in the office itself so my evenings were free. Take home assignments were very rare. Sometimes if there were urgent matters, we were asked to focus only on those cases and we were given an extension to complete other works as well.
I did drafting works as well. The associates were always willing to lend a helping hand no matter how busy they were. They always took time to explain the matter briefly before handing out the work. If there were matters, which were posted for hearing in a week or two, each of us would be given specific areas of research. We had to find relevant points to substantiate our claims. I had to find out relevant precedents to support my findings.
During most of the days, the associates would go to court after assigning the day’s work and we interns were left in charge of the office. We were expected to answer calls to the office and to take down messages for them. There was no scope of falling behind on our work since we were always monitored by the HR team.
Court visits were not the main part of my internship. My work mainly consisted of office work only. I was taken to the NCLT once to observe the proceedings and was also taken to the Karnataka High court a couple of times.
Work environment, people
The work environment was very positive and inviting. We had a healthy relationship with our supervisor. She was always very caring and took special care to ensure that we were comfortable. Both the associates were willing to hear our suggestions and also gave acknowledgement where it was due.
We could always approach them with our doubts though if they were really busy, they would ask us to wait. However, the work environment could get boring at times because of the monotonous nature of the work. If you are interested in IBC and is new to the field, it is a good place to intern.
The best thing about my internship was that I was able to learn a new area of law with the help of the associates. They were very encouraging and willing to offer tips whenever necessary. The office was very near to all the happening places in the city where we could chill after the office. We were often given feedback on the work we did which proved to be really helpful.
The only bad thing was that sometimes the work could get really boring after doing the same work for many days. Also, if the associates are really busy they might not assign work and interns are supposed to stay back till 6:00 pm even if there was nothing much to do.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
There wasn’t much opportunity to ‘chill’ at the office since we were constantly monitored. However, I got along really well with my co-interns and we used to go out for lunch together. Sometimes we used to go to Cubbon Park to hang out if the Court visits ended early.
The associates were really cool and often invited us to share their lunch. They told us about the best places to visit in the city and suggested some nice hang out places.
The biggest lesson I learned from observing the associates was how to juggle multiple things at a time and how busy the life of a lawyer can be. I was able to recognize my strengths and the areas in which I needed to get better. Overall it was a successful internship of which I have a lot of fond memories.
By Fathima Mehendi
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies
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Author: Fathima mehendi
3rd year law student at National University of Advanced Legal Studies