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An internship at the Ministry of Law will provide law graduates with an understanding of the government’s perspective on litigation

The Ministry of Law and Justice has announced internships to help newcomers give legal advice in constitutional-administrative, financial, infrastructural, labor, transfer of property and arbitration/contract law. The Department of Justice’s Department of Legal Affairs (DoLA) is hosting the internship and is currently accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis. The interns will serve in the department offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai for a month for a stipend of Rs 5000.

Window for direct and specific learning

The internship is a window for direct and specific learning mentions for law students in the phase where they experience and learn the law in action with all seriousness. Faizan Mustafa, Vice Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, said, “The Ministry of Law will enable students to have direct experience of the legal process, holistically. They will be at the forefront of learning how multiple legal departments coordinate for legal drafting or accomplishing a related task in a government setting.

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A major learning among young interns will take place with exposure to the litigation process from the perspective of the Indian government. Students will gain an understanding of how laws are drafted when amendments are needed, and especially the scope of repealing obsolete and redundant laws, Mustafa added.

Internship in government legal departments has its share of merits and limitations, said Anurag Deep, a professor at the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi. Deep adds, “Policy-making and law-making are the focus. Work in these areas is generally not available in private law firms as it is an exclusive domain of the ministry. Trainees will have a good idea of ​​how to read judgments, laws.

Lawyer Junais Padalath, who works at Delhi-based law firm J&P, reflecting the same idea of ​​the internship as a boon to students, says, “This type of government internship assigns students to government affairs or they represent government officials. Their duties or work will be at the interaction of several segments of law, engaging in the litigation process in the Magistrate Courts and Intermediate Courts of Appeal or the Constitutional Court or the Supreme Court of India.

The conventional method

Internship after each semester is an academic standard that every law student must follow and by the time they graduate from national law universities, a student has completed an internship with a minimum of 8-10 law firms in almost every legal issues. Mustafa says, “At NALSAR, great importance is placed on learning outside the classroom and more in the courtrooms. Similarly, students are required to undertake an internship, which is neatly segregated by semester, after each 5-year semester of LLB courses.

Internship model level begins in civil society, NGO, lower district court bench, high court, corporate law firm, government commission, or supreme court for I students , II, III, IV, V year.

Prospects for employment affirmations

Mustafa says, “Not all internships are for sure hiring. Depending on the future career goal of the students, their skills and the size of the company, the conversion of the internship into employment takes place. A law student may opt for the UPSC crack, but the internship at the ministry will still help in the job interview process.

Speaking of the limited chances of interns being hired, Deep says, “For recruitment purposes, these internships are only useful to a certain extent, as companies are more focused on maximizing their revenue through business deals, DPI and expensive. As the internship in the ministry is mainly about drafting laws and not necessarily dealing with commercial disputes, drafting contracts, the employment affirmations for the same are not very high. »

Junais said that in a private law firm, the common way to help the team is through research and referral work and not by handling issues or cases at the government level. He says, “These interns must have a high knowledge base of the latest judgments from Indian courts and this skill is highly valued by private law firms as they are always on the lookout for an observant research associate.”