Internship at Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice

About Department of Justice

Department of Justice is a part of Ministry of Law & Justice as per the Allocation of Business Rules of Government of India. It is one of the oldest Departments of Govt. of India and was under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Union Home Secretary has been the Secretary of Department of Justice till 31st December 2009.

Keeping in view the increasing workload and formulating many policies and programmes for Judicial Reforms in the country, Secretary (Justice) was appointed on 1st January, 2010 in the Ministry of Law & Justice. The Organisational setup includes four Joint Secretaries, six Directors/Deputy Secretaries and seven Under Secretaries.


The need for an Internship Policy for students pursuing undergraduate courses in law from Law Schools/Universities in India who want to work with the Department of Justice (Department) and acquaint themselves with the activity of the Department has been felt for some time. The policy will provide an opportunity to interns to familiarize themselves with the activities of the Department and the policy measures undertaken by the Department to bring about judicial reforms


To provide a platform to undergraduate students pursuing Law courses from reputed institutes/National Law Schools/Universities to acquaint themselves with formulation and implementation of policies related with Judicial Reforms


The duration of the internship shall be for a minimum period of 2 (Two) months but not longer than a period of 6 months.

Area of work

The interns will be working with the Joint Secretaries/ Directors and/or any other relevant officials in the Department. The interns will be permitted only to work on areas related to judicial reforms and/or access to justice.

  1. Indian students from Law Universities/ colleges recognised by the Bar Council of India.
  2. Students should be in the 4th or 5th year, in case they are pursuing the 5-year integrated degree course or should be in their 2nd or 3rd year in case of a 3-year degree course.
  3. The qualification may be relaxed in deserving cases based on the need of the Department and subject to the prior approval of the Secretary (Justice).
Number of Interns

Maximum number of five Interns each shall be engaged during summer and winter Internship Programme in Department of Justice. Summer internship will be during June-July and winter internship shall be during November-December. In special cases, more than 5 interns could be taken on order of Minister (Law & Justice).


Applications for summer internship (June-July) shall be invited/ received in the month of May and for winter internship (November-December) shall be invited/received in the month of October.

Interested and eligible students will be required to forward their applications along with their bio-data through their Law College/Institution/University recommending the internship and the period of internship. Applications received directly shall not be entertained. The applications should accompany a ‘Statement of Purpose’ for undergoing an internship.