INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE @ PUNJAB AND HARYANA HIGH COURT, CHANDIGARH
NAME OF THE INSTITUTION-
Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh.
Punjab and Haryana high court is in sector-1, Chandigarh. It is very easy to reach there like one can book a cab or can go through bus or auto easily. Although, the fare of local bus (city bus) in Chandigarh is very genuine and convenient for students on a daily basis.
NAME OF INTERN, COLLEGE, YEAR-
Srishti Garg, Institute of law, kurukshetra university, kurukshetra, Haryana, 2nd year of 5-year B.A.L L.B(Hons.)[2017-2022].
The internship was for a period of 1 month i.e. for the month of July. Although, the time period of internship can be extended as per the convenience of the students as well as of your lawyer.
The application procedure is not much, if doing internship in courts unless and until, someone is working under a firm or any commission. The process through which internship is done in district and high courts is mainly through contacts. Just try to find a lawyer who is a known of your family, friends or relatives. There is no hard and fast rule regarding this. While the name of my mentor in high court is Adv. Sandeep Gahlawat.
FIRST DAY FORMALITY-
It was the major prerequisite that the interns should be in proper uniform and be formal. The interns were required to be on time. Moreover, it was a completely new experience or rather one would say, it was an apt internship. A student gets to learn a lot from this internship, the moment one enters the court room, he/she gets into a different world of professionalism.
The Punjab and Haryana high court is very beautifully built, the infrastructure is amazing. Once, one starts interning in high court, there is no going back. Moreover, one seems to develop more interest in litigation and judiciary after watching practically, various perks of both the professions.
The main task allotted to interns were to study the files of the hearing, a day before the hearing and then jot down every minute details of the same. Also, sir being very helpful was always willing to teach us new things, and also gave master keys of drafting and also taught us as, how to deal with the clients and the way of presentation one should learn before appearing before the judge.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PEERS-
The work environment was very nice both at the court as well as in the office. We were always motivated by sir to learn more and were even assigned tasks jointly as well as individually. I joined internship with my classmate. So, there were no unknown peers technically. However, there were two associates under sir, they were also very motivating and always taught us new things. They also used to share their experiences with us.
Well, NO stipend was their as, I interned in the early years of my law, but however, if you join in your final years, then it is quite possible for interns to have a stipend-based internship under advocates.
The best thing about the internship was to experience a completely new life existing over their in court, seeing advocates busy in mending their files, senior advocates busy commanding their juniors as to complete their tasks, judges having burden of work load and at the same time it was so fascinating and motivating to see the perks that judges of high court are given, and the respect they get from the advocates as well from other people too. Moreover, the best thing out of all this was to learn many new things, drafting tricks, case study tips, and research methods which proved to be of great help.
There was no such thing except the weather. It was a worthy experience.
We used to be in court for 5 days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and every Saturday and Sunday we used to go to office to study the files. However, the timing was flexible.
We took a PG in sector-7, Chandigarh. As, we were three friends so we took it in sharing. Moreover, we used to order food from tiffin services. But the positive point is that till the time we are in court there is no problem of food. As, good food is available in court at genuine price. It was an experience, which is worth experiencing.
Institute of law, Kurukshetra University