Centuries of Buddhist Tradition Make Room for Bhutan’s First Law School – The New York Times

HAA, Bhutan — Under the gaze of the Buddhist god of wisdom, embodied in the form of a craggy hillside here, an American academic stood in front of 500 teenagers and posed a simple question: “What does a lawyer do?”

As the vice dean of Bhutan‘s first law school, the American, Michael Peil, has been doing a lot of explaining lately. Draped in the country’s national dress, Mr. Peil and a Bhutanese colleague have spent the better part of six weeks traversing this Buddhist kingdom armed with fliers and a PowerPoint presentation.

For many students here in this western village, it was the first they had heard of plans to open the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, which will admit its inaugural class of about 25 students next spring for instruction at a temporary campus in Thimphu, the capital. A permanent campus is being built in Paro, to the west.

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