No.  As explained in the question, “Do you care about our academic results in other classes?” the admission process for JSW Law School strives to consider the whole student.  As a student, grades are a necessary part of the whole student.  If you have failed your other subjects or the other parts of your Class 12 exams, you will not be considered for admission to JSW Law School.

JSW Law wants to give you every opportunity to demonstrate to us how qualified you are to be one of our future students.

The practice of law requires skills that are not always adequately demonstrated by your Class XII marks. Lawyers need to be excellent communicators, and that is only demonstrated during an in-person interview. And lawyers need to excel at logical thinking and through their ability to process and analyze information and produce coherent statements demonstrating that analysis. This is what we are testing for.

Admissions decisions will be made by an admissions committee composed of JSW Law faculty members. Inevitably, that committee will have to make very difficult choices in deciding whom to admit to JSW Law. Some truly exceptional applicants will be ranked 26th, 27th, and 28th. No matter how much we might like to do so, we simply will not be able to admit those candidates. But once the admissions committee makes its decisions, they will be deemed final.

We do hope that the process we have proposed will give you every opportunity as an applicant to convince us as faculty at JSW Law that you are the right fit for our new law college.

With regard to this issue, the criteria for admission to JSW Law is identical to those governing admissions to the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) and other undergraduate scholarships.

RUB requires that all students admitted on the basis of (Bhutanese) government funding be able to demonstrate Bhutanese Citizenship [RUB Policy on Admission and Regulation of Students §4.7.1, available at http://www.rub.edu.bt/]. All other students are welcome to apply as long as they can demonstrate “evidence of identity” using some means other than a CID card.

Of course we care about your academic results. In fact, given the importance of the written word for lawyers, we cannot consider any applications from students who earn below 60% in either Dzongkha or English in their class 12 exams.  As for  the rest of your grades– yes, we will consider them as well. But we do not have qualifying minimum percentage marks that we will insist upon for those grades. If you are a genius at maths but rusty in history, we will still consider you– just the same as if you were an ace at history but a dud in science.

But your high school grades/marks are not the only thing we consider in our application process.

We care as much or more about the skills you have that will make you successful as a lawyer (such as your ability to think logically, your problem-solving skills, your fluency with the written word, and your ability to critically analyze an argument and — when appropriate — respond with a counter-argument of your own).

You may have honed some of these skills at school–or in your private life outside of school–but they will not be prominently reflected in your class 12 marks. For this reason, we have designed our own JSW Law entrance examination that will test you on precisely these skills. Moreover, we weight the score you get on our entrance examination at 1½ times the weight we assign to your class 12 marks!

Once we have made a first cut of our applicant pool based on these two “numbers” (your class 12 marks and your score on our entrance examination), we next want to find out more about who you are as a person.  Since no one examination can ever capture that, we will invite all of our final candidates to our office (in Taba, Thimphu) for an in-person interview with JSW Law faculty.  During that interview, we will want to know what motivates you to become a lawyer as opposed to some other profession? What makes you excited about this career? What are your phobias? What kind of law might you one-day hope to practice?

As we like to say, the legal profession is more than “just a job,” and we wish to create a healthy community of colleagues even before you graduate JSW Law to become lawyers. For this reason, we will rank this in-person interview almost as highly as we do your class grade 12 scores.

We mean pretty much precisely that. In July of 2017, we expect approximately 25 students to walk through our door. And again in July 2018, July 2019, etc… Once we are operating at full capacity, this means we will have approximately 125 full time undergraduate law students studying at JSW Law at any given time.

At some future point in time, students pursuing their Masters in Bhutanese Law may bump that number slightly higher, but not by much.

This is a lot fewer students than you might find studying in another law school. But that figure is based on our best assessment of how many lawyers Bhutan will need in the years ahead. We realize that youth unemployment is a major problem in Bhutan, and we do not wish to contribute to this problem by graduating hordes of unemployed lawyers.

Furthermore, we also believe that small is beautiful, and that we will only be able to provide our law students with the kind of individually-tailored teaching that you deserve if we keep our faculty-to-student ratio among the highest in the region, if not globally.

  • 60% in both Dzongkha AND English for your class 12 exams
  • Entrance examination
  • In person interview

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