499 students vie to join JSW Law’s first class

The application period for admission to the first class of law students at JSW School of Law closed today, with 499 applicants confirmed.

The application period opened in November, following a nationwide recruiting and awareness campaign, during JSW Law faculty visited 53 of Bhutan’s 58 higher secondary schools and talked to more than 10,000 high school students and graduates.

Applicants range in age from 16 to 34 years old, and hail from all twenty of Bhutan’s Dzongkhags and 152 of the country’s 205 gewogs.  They graduated from 54 of the nation’s 58 high schools.  54% of the prospective applicants are female.

The students – and JSW Law’s admissions committee — now await the results of the national Grade XII examinations, which will be released later in January.  The field of candidates will be narrowed based upon the students’ scores on their English and Dzongkha examinations, and eligible students will be invited to sit for the Bhutan Law School Admission Test (Bhutan-LSAT) on 6 February.

Based upon a composite of their Grade XII results and their Bhutan-LSAT, 50 finalists will be invited to Thimphu in March to sit for oral interviews with the Admissions Committee, after which JSW Law will extend invitations to join the first class of 25 Bhutanese law students.