Internship Experience at Advocate Amarjit Singh Chandhiok, Delhi: Variety of Laws, Litigation Based Research Work

Name, College, Year of Study

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Name of the Organisation where you interned and its full address

Advocate Amarjit Singh Chandhiok: Senior Advocate & Ex-Additional Solicitor General of India, Delhi High Court.

Contact number: 011-24339071/24339074

Fax: 011 2433 9075

Address: C-524, Defence Colony, New Delhi-110 024

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I am a Third Year student from CNLU Patna. At the end of my second year, I had done an internship at Mr. Chandhiok’s office in New Delhi. It turned out to be a great experience for me. For those who want quality research work in a litigation-based internship, this is one of the good places to be.

How to Apply?

Email ID for internship application: achandhiok[at]gmail.com

Note: Please do not send CVs to the above email ID en masse. Firstly, see if you really want to intern with a Supreme Court lawyer. Then apply with a customized CV and cover letter.

First Day Formalities, Infrastructure, First Impression

Firstly, you will have to report at his office in defence colony on the day you start with your internship. The person at the reception desk is sweet in nature and she will tell you everything you need to know about this internship. Before starting up the internship session, an introduction with Chandhiok sir is mandatory. After you meet him, you will receive the Court passes from Chander Ji at the basement of his office.

Work at the Internship

You have to report 6 days a week, Sunday being a Holiday, though the Associates working under Sir do not get that also. Saturday is a half-day.

From Monday to Friday, you will have to report to the courts at 10.30 am. Then from court to the office (Defence Colony) by 4 pm. In case you are an outsider, connectivity via buses and metro is quite available on these routes. From office, you can leave by 7 pm.

Main Tasks

Generally, you are given research work from Sir and his associates. Since it is a big lawyer’s office, you will not get to draft petitions or applications. A bit of drafting and some pity things are also given.

Good Things

  • First of all, you get to learn from the research work you’re given. Obviously working under him gives you a chance to visit Delhi High Court and observe great lawyers arguing. The timings are not very strict. You can take a leave whenever needed.
  • In addition, Delhi High Court has 3 canteens out of which the Main Canteen is great and very cheap.
  • Moreover, a certificate from such a big name will give some help to your CV.

Bad Things

At times, I was also asked to arrange the books in the library but it never used to take much time and I took it positively by having a look around the various journals and books that are available.

You are not given any other work other than research. Suppose you are an interested student who wants to learn to draft, and small works such as filing the petition, searching the cause list, this is certainly not the place for you. This is a very chill internship.

Stipend

No Stipend, but on the last day of my internship, sir told me to wait and after around 1.5 hours he called me in his chamber and gave me a present. When I opened it after returning to my place, it was a Sheaffer pen. I have kept that pen in the showcase at my home.

Accommodation, Commuting to the Office

The office is in Defence Colony, which is nearest walking distance of 8 minutes from the Moolchand Metro Station on the Violet Line. You can find PG’s in the nearby areas such as Lajpat Nagar, Moolchand and Kailash Colony. I stayed at a friend’s place in Jamia Nagar and took DTC bus every day to reach the office.

Anything Else, What you Did to Chill Out, Lessons Learnt etc.

In the evening, all the associates sit together, to have snacks and the interns used to sit along. The main snacks vary every day but the cold drinks and fruit salad are constant. There is a small kitchen on 1st floor and the cook hails from Nepal. He cooks delicious food and his speciality is Maggi that is the best I ever had in my life. Also, you can ask for unlimited tea and coffee from him.

The librarian, Mr. Omkar Singh is such a nice person who engages you in his life tails when there is no work assigned to you. He would never let you be bored. Once, he told me that he was not allowed to have snacks, which made me feel bad.

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