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The current article shares an experience of a law student during her Internship at SVS Attorneys, Jabalpur. The article covers every query related to Internship experience i.e work culture, mode of application, stipend etc.
Student’s Name, Year of Study, and University
Ritika Rajawat, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, 4th Year
About the Firm and its Partners
The details can be obtained via the official website of the Firm at www.svsattorneys.com.
Mode of Internship
7th January 2021 to 26th February 2021. (45 Days)
The Internship is for a minimum period of 45 days preceded by the Mentorship Period of around 6-7 days. If in this Mentorship & Training Period, you are unable to meet up the expectations of the Chambers, then you would be informed to apply at a later stage when you have gained some more experience of work. I saw some of the interns being asked to apply later when they failed to meet up the work standards during their pre-internship mentorship Period of 7 days.
I read the reviews of internships in ‘SVS Attorneys’ on Lawctopus posted by its previous interns & paralegals. Then I applied for the internship by sending my CV along with the Cover Letter at [email protected], [email protected]. After that, I got a document (of its own kind) titled “Riders & Disclaimers about the Internship” through email, which contained basic conditions & work environment pertaining to the online internship. It’s like a toolkit for what the internship is all about and fun in doing it.
First Day Formalities And Initial Impressions
It was an online internship, so I interacted for the first time with Siddharth Sir & his colleague Mr. Harshdeep S Bedi on a phone call. The office is very supportive & always ready to provide any assistance required for the tasks provided. The best part about the internship is that Sir will personally monitor the work assigned by him & will point out the mistakes so that one can learn then and there & avoid repeating the mistakes in the future.
But if it is repeated, then Sir will although unwillingly have to reprimand you. Sir is extra particular about deadlines, precision & error-free content drafting. If you repeat mistakes after being told politely about your mistakes, then you are shown the door at the end of the initial 7 days trial period itself, and won’t be confirmed for an internship at all.
- Drafting of various Applications, Writ Petitions, Written Submissions, Re-joinders, legal pleadings, etc.
- Preparing List of Dates; Synopsis, Case Briefs of cases listed in coming days.
- Extensive Research Work & Article writing work. If Sir is impressed with your research you are also offered to be Co-Author with him for the article.
- Legal translations & proofreading of Edited Documents.
- Typing of emails; correspondences to clients, Law Firms, other personalities in the legal field.
- The office works in an extremely streamlined manner. You keep getting audio clips throughout the day about the work you are supposed to be doing. Then you have to complete the assigned work in the deadline mentioned in the audio clip as peroral instructions contained therein.
- The Office is highly technology-driven and you get to learn a lot of hands-on skills after working here, that will be your lifetime companions. Sir himself is a tech-savvy guy and prefers technology over any kind of manual /labour-intensive work.
- There is a deadline for every assigned work, I think it is quintessential to maintain discipline while you are working from your home and not physically present at the office. The workload in an online internship whilst working with SVS was identical to that one would have had whilst working in an offline internship.
- Drafting work would be assigned to interns and also, Siddharth Sir will personally interact and guide their interns on the assigned tasks, which is not usually done in other internships.
- Sir does not believe in taking the help & services of their interns for charity. So, he will provide a mandatory stipend to their interns in lieu of the help & services provided by the interns to him. This is however subject to one’s performance clearly. I know of some interns who weren’t even given any penny, perhaps they annoyed the office much more than they worked for it. They were also asked to leave midway before they could complete their internship formally.
- I believe we learn something new from every person with whom we worked, so you not only learn from Sir, but also from your fellow interns from various law schools across the country, especially NLUs. whilst working with my Co-interns Arihant Samdaria from RMLNLU, Lucknow & Barbee Bhattacharya from HNLU, Raipur I picked some really good practices & pieces of wisdom for myself. One can learn the skills of teamwork as we have to coordinate & work with our fellow interns here. This will help in strengthening your leadership skills also.
- I learned so much in this internship which I might have done so in all my previous internships (all combined).
- I learned from this internship that life has to be led like a disciplined soldier, else it’s a waste. We are here for some purpose and goal and we must always strive to achieve it, come what may.
- There are no leaves & no holidays unlike all firms of the country that offer their interns. You have to work continuously from Monday to Monday (Sunday is missing) for even 10 hours a day if it’s one of those demanding days. So, there is no concept of a weekend or a weekday off in this internship which sometimes becomes very stressful as everyone needs a Sunday in their life after continuously working for a week. However, if you have any urgency or prior commitments, then you will be allowed to have left as an exceptional case, subject to prior intimation to be compensated later.
- The workload entrusted to you as an intern will be too much, at times breaking your mettle to handle it. But still, you are required to handle & discharge it else you will not be assigned any work on your failure to complete the assignment.
- Expectations from you in the internship are to possess the level of understanding as a professional does, which gets difficult at times for any UG intern to develop.
- There’s no mercy or accommodation when urgent assignments are handed over to you. If there’s urgent work handed over to you, it has to be completed by late midnight at the cost of your sleep which becomes quite unbearable at times, especially with your online classes and college commitments.
- People who are touchy, impulsive, and sensitive must not apply at all as the office is not conducive for their temperament. If you fail to perform, then you perish that too with reprimands from the senior ups. So better not to apply at all for such people.
I was awarded a stipend of 10, 000 INR at the end of my internship.
- Let me clear one thing, this internship is not for those who join the internship just for the sake of adding a Certificate to their CV; this is only for those who really wish to learn about the field of litigation. I must say that these 45 days are really challenging for every intern who joins and works with Siddharth Sir. Further, this is my 9th internship, and what I have learned here I haven’t learned in any of my previous internships. You can’t expect the type of work which will be assigned to you in this internship in any of the virtual internships. If you are keen to learn the skills of Litigation and ready to work hard, then you won’t get an opportunity better than this.
- Also, don’t apply to this office if you don’t have good grades (75-80% minimum or equivalent) as the CGPA. You must have good publications, articles to your credit if you intend to join here. Students from NLU’s are definitely given preference above others subject to academics and publications.
- Applications below 3rd year are not even seen; so don’t waste your energy applying here. You would get a reply to your email application only if it’s worth being considered by the firm on the above parameters, else the office doesn’t even respond to the flush of internship applications flowing daily in its inbox. But the selection criteria are very objective & you are automatically picked up if you have built a good and exceptional CV for yourself.