The principle educational programme of the law school will be a five-year, intensive undergraduate course of study, leading to a qualifying professional degree in Law.
Training and educating great lawyers requires careful scrutiny and close attention. Accordingly, the law school is committed to keeping the student numbers low — about 25 students admitted per year – and the teacher-to-student ratio high (around 1:5).
Your first semesters of study will focus on intensive theoretical learning and basic skills courses (writing, reading, speaking). In later semesters, upperclass students will engage in extensive practical courses, including law clinic, moot courts, and externship programs. Our students will thus get exposure to a broad range of skills that are not available at any other law school in the world. Teaching and mentoring will take place side by side, as teachers and students will learn together and work together on projects that are of benefits to the community and the country. The care that the students will get or enjoy will simply be extraordinary.
As the students walk out of the Law School campus on their graduation day, they will be practice-ready and confident enough to compete with other graduates in the job market.
All undergraduate students are required to take the same compulsory subjects during the first three years of their studies. In addition, the fourth year consists of a mix of compulsory and elective subjects.
Students in the 4th and Final Year undergraduate program are permitted to choose from a wide range of elective subjects. In the 4th Year students are permitted to take one elective each in a semester, and in autumn session of 5th year students will be permitted to take four electives. The electives will enable students to take subjects in specialised areas such as sustainable development & law, advanced alternative dispute resolution, advanced legal research & writing, comparative law, media & information law, FDI law, energy law, competition law, human rights, research elective, and many other interesting subjects.
Law Clinic and Experiential Learning
The clinical and experiential programs provide diverse opportunities for students to practice the theoretical law and practical skills learned in preceding years, and develop skills through personalised supervision and mentoring. All students are required to take two compulsory clinic courses, one in the 4th Year and another in the 5th Year. Students can also choose to take clinic as one of the electives.
Through clinic, students will be able to open gateways to their practice in law by working on real cases and projects. Students will be given opportunities to work pro bono for their communities, thereby assisting us in creating socially responsible legal professionals.
In the final semester all students will complete a minimum of six months in an internship program either within or outside Bhutan – what we call an ”externship program” for experiential learning. Student will be placed with relevant partners of the Law School – whether the Judiciary, the Office of the Attorney General, NGOs, international organisations, law firms, corporations, or other educational institution partners – giving our students real sense of their future employers.