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Internship Experience at Dispute Resolution Forum, Karnataka: Unique Learning Process

Name of the Student

Vrinda Bhandarkar

College and Year of Study

4th Year, BBA LL.B, S.D.M Law College, Karnataka.

Name and Address of the Organization

Dispute Resolution Forum (R); Address: DRF: Center at #106-Shop No.2-76/15, City Complex, Opposite Gopal Krishna Bajana Mandira, Vidyanagara, MRPL Road, Kulai-Hosabettu, Surathkal, Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada-575014.

Duration of Internship 1-30, 2020.

How did you Apply?

  • We were intimated by the Placement Cell of S.D.M Law College regarding the opportunity.
  • Thereafter, I sent an application along with my CV addressed to
  • The designated contact person acknowledged my email and sent a confirmation mail along with elaborate details of the internship including the venue, timings, date of commencement and contact details for directing queries.

First-Day Formalities, Infrastructure, First Impression

  • All the interns introduced themselves and spoke about their past internship experiences and future goals.
  • We were given a basic overview of ADR and the structure of the internship program.
  • A copy of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act,1996 up to date with the latest amendments was given to each one of us to refer to throughout the internship.
  • The building is conspicuous, safe and hygienic.
  • The office is situated on the first floor of the building and emanates a serene and amiable aura. It imbibes the spirit of peaceful settlement even in its decor. For instance,In one of the exercises, we were directed to look at the showpieces placed in the office and to decipher the symbolism therein.
  • The interns were accommodated in a separate conference room. We had several latest magazines and books at our disposal for any additional reading.

Main Tasks

  • Drafting of Arbitration Agreement, ADR clauses, and Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Intriguing case studies related inter alia to intellectual property rights, family disputes, and property matters were analysed and possible solutions were discussed.
  • Participation in mock mediation, arbitration, conciliation and negotiation.

Good things

Apart from the aforementioned details, the internship is based on a unique “learning and unlearning” model which makes it highly beneficial. Additionally, each intern is given personal attention.

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Bad things


Accommodation & Conveyance to Office 

No accommodation facility was provided. The venue can easily be reached through any mode of transport. We used the local buses.


There was no stipend paid.

Skills developed

  • Development of a neutral mindset through active listening and a unique problem-solving approach
  • Drafting of clauses and agreements
  • Learning tricks and etiquette for facilitating effective dispute resolution

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