JSW Law held the presentation of its first batch of students at its temporary academic campus at Taba, Thimphu. The ceremony marks the start of the five year undergraduate programme in law and the completion of the bridging course that began on 3 July 2017. The Class of 2022 consists of 25 students, who were selected from 499 applicants. The students were chosen according to a process that included of their Grade XII BCSEA national examinations, their score on a custom-designed law school admission test, and their score in a personal interview with JSW Law faculty. There are 13 women and 12 men in the class and they hail from 15 of Bhutan’s twenty Dzongkhags. They also represent 19 of Bhutan’s 58 Higher Secondary Schools and Central Schools.
The event was graced by the Law School’s Honourable President, HRH Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck. Guests included the Venerable Vairochana Rimpoche and Yonten Lopon Rinpoche, Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the members of the Law School’s Governing Council, officials from the Royal Government of Bhutan, and foreign dignitaries and donors. The students were presented to the Honourable President, followed by Zhudrey Puensum Tshogpa. The event concluded with Tashi Lebey and the blessing of the campus by the Rimpoches.
The nation’s first law school, JSW Law was founded as an independent, autonomous tertiary educational institution by Royal Charter granted by His Majesty the King on 21 February 2015. His Majesty the King envisions a world class law school which promotes Bhutanese culture, traditions and customs and complements wider efforts to develop long-term legal capacity and institutions in the country.