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LLB/PGDNL curriculum is designed to provide a thorough grounding in legal doctrine, advocacy, skills, professional responsibility, legislation and legislative process, social sciences, and humanities. Students are given opportunities to solve real-life problems through research, clinical and experiential learning. This program is available only for national students.

LLB/PGDNL Program is aimed at producing service-ready lawyers and generations of future leaders, who can take their responsibility seriously, and carry out fundamental duties with Justice, Service, and Wisdom. In this effort, our programs can be understood as having three qualities: (1) ensuring thorough grounding by giving sufficient focus by allowing students to pursue deep knowledge in legal doctrine and other broader areas and approaches of law; (2) enhancing students’ skills—research, advocacy, and interpersonal relationship skills by focusing on research-based teaching and learning and practical application of law in the society through clinical programs; and (3) preparing students to become responsible leaders by focusing on professional ethics, the Buddhist values, and universal human values.

JSW Law’s LLB/PGDNL program can be best described in three levels:

Foundational Level 

As the law is an interdisciplinary concept, studying law requires understanding the law from philosophical, economic, political and religious perspectives. Studying and doing the law requires examining law from different contexts and mastering research, writing and advocacy or communication skills. Therefore, the first two years of the law school, provide students with a solid grounding on languages (Dzongkha and English), humanities, social sciences, and skills such as legal composition, research, writing and advocacy. 

Doctrinal & Principles Level 

Starting from the first year, students are provided with an intellectual grounding on core legal theories, principles and concepts, and legal skills by providing training students on legal reasoning and analysis. Students take mandatory courses including torts, contracts, penal law and restorative justice, procedural law, property law, constitutional law, environmental law, corporate law, family law, administrative law, appropriate dispute resolution, international law, and commercial law. 

Specialisation & Experiential Level 

In the eighth and ninth semesters, students are offered elective options (which students may choose based on the programs of study), and all students must participate in a two-semester clinical education and practice. In the tenth semester, all students must go for full-time practical training (credited internships) in a law office, court, or other organisations, whether in Bhutan or abroad. 

Course Rota 

Year One – Autumn

  • Sumtag (Grammar) (10 units)
  • Ngag-doen (Vocabulary) (10 units)
  • Economics (10 units)
  • Philosophy (10 units)
  • Legal Composition & Rhetoric (10 units)
  • Tort Law (10 units)

Year One – Spring

  • Nyen-ngag (12 units)
  • Bhutan Legal History (8 units)
  • Human Dignity (10 units)
  • Political Science (10 units)
  • Legal Writing & Research (10 units)
  • Contract Law (10 units)

Year Two- Autumn

  • Chen-ju (18 units)
  • Penal Law and Restorative Justice
  • Jurisprudence & Statutory Interpretation
  • International Law
  • Civil & Criminal Procedure

Year Two- Spring

  • Tshema (logic and debate) (18 units)
  • Oral Advocacy & Logic (6 units)
  • Environmental Law
  • Property Law
  • Bhutanese History & Metaphysics

Year Three- Autumn

  • Legal Drafting – Correspondence, Conveyances & Pleadings
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Evidence
  • Corporate Law
  • Moot Court (in English)

Year Three- Spring

  • Admin Law, Anti-Corruption, &c.
  • Bhutanese Constitutional Law
  • Law, Religion & Culture
  • ADR I – Negotiation
  • Mock Trial (Dzongkha)

Year Four- Autumn

  • Law & Gross National Happiness
  • Professional Responsibility & Ethics
  • ADR II – Mediation & Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property Law

Year Four- Spring

  • Social Enterprise Clinic (24 units)
  • ADR Clinic (24 units)
  • Human Dignity Clinic (24 units)
  • Bhutanese & Int’l Commercial Law
  • Family Law

Year Five – Autumn

  • Social Enterprise Clinic (24 units)
  • ADR Clinic (24 units)
  • Human Dignity Clinic (24 units)
  • Law Practice Management

Year Five – Spring

  • Internship (48 units)
  • Internship Writing