The first-ever student Orientation & Bridging Course concluded today, after four weeks of lectures, group skills exercises, field trips, and guest lectures. The initial class of 25 law students at Bhutan’s first law school will begin the autumn semester on Monday.
“When we designed the Orientation course, we said we wanted to take great Grade XII graduates and turn them into great law students,” said (Ms) Sonam Euden, the associate dean for student affairs and coordinator of the Course. “By all accounts, the course has been a smashing success.”
The final week featured sessions on law school study skills, a “moot court” exercise, and several courses on computer literacy and online research skills. The students also toured the District Court, High Court, and Supreme Court in Thimphu, and gained audiences, insight, and advice from high judicial officials, including:
- Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, the Chief Justice of Bhutan;
- The acting Chief Justice of the High Court, Dasho Sangay Khandu; and
- The chief judge of the Thimphu District Court, Dasho Kinley Namgay.
The week concluded with a guest lecture from (Ms) Jacquelyn MacLennan, a partner in the Brussels (Belgium) office of White & Case LLP and the firm’s Global Pro Bono Practice Leader.
In their first semester of studies, the students will take courses in Sumtag and Nyen-ngag (Bhutanese formal vocabulary and grammar), Philosophy, Economics, Tort Law, and Legal Composition and Rhetoric.