Name: Sriram Srinivasan
College/University and Year: 2nd year, RGNUL, Patiala
Organization where/Advocate with whom you interned: Rahul Srivasatava in Themis & Co.
City and State: New Delhi
What resources did you use to find your internship?
Family sources. However you can still email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Was the internship paid?
No, But a lot of valuable experience
What were your expectations for this experience?
Way more than I expected!!! Brilliant work environment. Definitely a place to intern!
Describe your first day (in 100 words):
Well, I came dot at 9:30 Am sharp. There were two junior associates who arrived at 10:00 Am, Along with Supernal Ma’am one of the two senior associates who run the firm, who are husband and wife. Madam then sent me to the Electricity tribunal with one junior. I was constantly grilled by the junior on law topics on the way to the Electricity tribunal. Then after attempting to understand the various proceedings at the tribunal, the junior pointed me out the workings of the place. We returned to the office for lunch, after which the other senior associate i.e. Rahul Sir who gave me an SEBI matter and asked me to make notes on it. Despite struggling with the various terms of business like stock and shares I managed to grasp the bare idea of the case. Rahul Sir then discussed the case with me and told me to think about it at home as I would be researching on this case the next day. It was a tiring first day, but very nice.
How would you describe the culture within the organization (ways in which co-workers interact or don’t interact) and how does this fit with your “ideal” employer?
Yeah, the relationship between the employer and employee is like a family relationship. Each employee is provided lunch, and the juniors are allowed to use one of the cars for work purposes i.e. going to court etc.
What new skills have you learned since beginning your experience?
Well, Loads. The matters received were very interesting and challenged various topics of law. I learnt too the workings of the court.
What types of tasks did you discover that you enjoy or excel at completing?
I enjoyed most of their work. Especially in the SEBI related matters. I found that I have a liking for SEBI matters J
What tasks were less attractive or fulfilling?
Searching for case laws. That was pure donkey work and at times bored me, especially when none were found despite of hours.
What about your internship do you absolutely despise/hate or leaves a bad taste in your mouth?
Nothing. It was just perfect. All though waking up at 10:00 am is sure a pain in the holidays !!
If you were running this organization, what would you change and why?
I’m going to be cheeky here and say change the start time to 12:00 p.m.
What about your internship is the most surprising to you (i.e., what did you least expect going into the experience) and what lesson(s) can you draw from this?
Well, I was especially surprised at the amount of work they gave me. I had heard a lot of stories about 2nd years at law firms, they just sat there and swatted flies. But for me, No. And if was equally surprised how much I liked the work, despite it being lengthy. Goes to show that if you put your mind to something, you can work miracles.
How does this internship relate to your long-term educational or career goals?
It’s a start, yes. It’s my first internship in terms of working at a law firm, but a very good step and a wonderful opportunity.
What recommendations would you give to other students doing an internship at this organization?
Just be attentive. The air there is filled with knowledge, Your just have to inhale it.