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JSW Law, the only Law School of Bhutan strives to set the standards and lead the way in education, research, and good practices in the law and the related fields. As we move forward as a vibrant and modern democracy, the Rule of Law plays an ever-increasing and significant role. His Majesty the King has emphasized that to create a just and content society, we must set in place the strong standards of the Rule of Law. Legal education is the foundation and an indispensable and vital component of such a society. Therefore, His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck established Bhutan’s first law school by promulgating the Royal Charter on the auspicious day of the 21st February 2015. The core objective of the law school is to provide legal education, facilitate research in law and related fields, promote cultural enrichment and traditional values.

Message From The Dean

Welcome to Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law). The first and only law school in the Kingdom of Bhutan, JSW Law prepares exceptional Bhutanese students to become future leaders of the country, with a focus on social justice and responsible stewardship of the environment.

JSW Law has started academic programme from our temporary campus in Taba since July 2017,and has admitted five classes of students so far. All have full 5-year scholarships from Royal Govement of Bhutan.  JSW Law students hail from 39 of Bhutan’s 51 high schools and the majority – 65%  are women.    Students learn through a unique curriculum that blends the study of law with Buddhist values and a commitment to the Bhutanese principle of Gross National Happiness.  JSW Law is proud of a course of studies that is in keeping with best international practices, but also uniquely Bhutanese.

They gain practical experience and help the local community through three innovative legal clinics that focus on Human Dignity, including cultural preservation; Entrepreneurship, reflecting growing commercial interests in Bhutan; and  Alternative Dispute Resolution, which harnesses the power of a particularly Bhutanese method focused on conflict mediation. Our students excel in their studies, their advocacy, and their involvement in countless community projects.

Our faculty and staff are committed to assisting JSW Law students in developing the legal knowledge, critical thinking, writing, and problem-solving skills required for professional success. 

I invite you to explore all aspects of JSW Law School through the website. Please contact us for more information or, better yet, pay us a visit.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.

Sangay Dorjee
Founding Dean

2015

JSW Law is Bhutan’s only law school established by the Royal Charter on 21st February 2015. In justice, service and wisdom, JSW Law will strive to set the standards and lead the way in education, research, and good practices in the field of law.

History of JSW School of Law

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The law school opened its door to the historic first class of students (Class of 2022) on 3rd July 2017. Currently, we have five cohorts, totalling auspicious 108 (70 female and 38 male) undergraduate students.

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Currently, JSW Law is staffed with 18 full-time faculty members supported by adjunct (from Judiciary, Office of the Attorney General, Law Firms and other organizations) and visiting (from different parts of the world) faculty members. 

Leadership

Honourable President HRH Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck 

Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck is appointed as the founding President of JSW Law by His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Her Royal Highness also led the project of establishing Bhutan’s first law school since 2010. 

Dean Sangay Dorjee 

Dean Sangay Dorjee is appointed as the founding Dean, the Chief Executive Officer of the Law School in 2016 by the Honourable President. Dean Sangay also worked as the Project Director for the establishment of the Law School since 2013. 

Management & Administration 

JSW Law is governed by the Governing Council (chaired by the Chief of Justice of Bhutan) and the Academic Council (chaired by the Dean) supported by other academic and administrative officers. 

JSW Law Experience

Research & Centers

Making Difference through Research and Innovations

Research & Centers

Making Difference through Research and Innovations

At JSW Law, we are committed to innovation and the creation of new knowledge based on research that connects the past, present, and future.

Clinical Experiences

Learning by Doing to Help Communities

Clinical Experiences

Learning by Doing to Help Communities

The centerpiece of JSW Law’s experiential education program is its “law clinic,” which students take during the fourth and fifth years of their studies.

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Green Campus for Green Ideas

Visit Campus

Green Campus for Green Ideas

JSW Law boasts of the first and only green campus in Bhutan—built with blends of traditional and modern architectural designs. JSW Law campus reflects our commitment to green and sustainable Bhutan.

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Support New School and New Ideas

Giving to JSW Law

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