Posted: January 11, 2022
Summary of Position
Founded in 2015 by His Majesty the King, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law) is the first and only law school in the Kingdom of Bhutan. JSW Law is a small law school, with approximately 20 full‐time faculty and between 100‐125 undergraduate law students. Pursuant to its Royal Charter, JSW Law is dedicated to educating Bhutan’s future legal professionals, producing high‐quality research in law and allied fields, and providing service to the community
and the nation.
JSW Law seeks an experienced legal academician to join its faculty on a three‐year contract (non‐tenure track) basis to design and roll out the law school’s nascent Master of Laws (LL.M.) programmes and to oversee the compulsory tenth‐semester internship programme. The ideal candidate will also co‐teach the law school’s first‐year sequence in legal writing and research and the upperclass courses in Moot Court and Oral Advocacy. The expected start date for this position is July 1, 2022. The candidate would be required to relocate on a permanent basis to Bhutan.
More information about the law school is available on our website at https://www.jswlaw.bt/.
Responsibilities: The Assistant Dean will:
1. With the assistance of the academic and support staff, prepare a detailed proposal for the establishment of one or more Master of Laws (LL.M.) programmes, weighing among online and face‐to‐face modes of instruction, domestic and international target intake, joint LL.M. programmes with foreign law schools, taught versus research models, and full‐time and part‐time options;
2. Present this proposal to the law school’s Academic Council, Governing Council, and domestic and foreign stakeholders;
3. Working with the law school’s fundraising team, identify and pursue grants or donations to support the launch of the LL.M. programme(s);
4. Upon approval, serve as administrator of the LL.M. programme, including administering intake, orientation, student counselling, and other functions;
5. Design a sustainable management structure for the LL.M. programme(s), including identifying and training leadership;
6. Administer all aspects of the law school’s compulsory fifth‐year internship programme;
7. Liaise with and existing domestic and foreign internship hosts;
8. Recruit and liaise with new and potential domestic and foreign internship hosts;
9. Work with Bhutanese faculty to ensure sustainable administration of the internship programme;
10. In the Autumn semester, co‐teach Legal Composition & Rhetoric to a class of no more than 25 first‐year students, in the process mentoring a Bhutanese co‐teacher to eventually take over the class;
11. In the Autumn semester, co‐teach Oral Advocacy & Logic to a class of no more than 25 second‐year students, in the process mentoring a Bhutanese co‐teacher to eventually take over the class;
12. In the Spring semester, co‐teach Legal Writing & Research to a class of no more than 25 first‐year students, in the process mentoring a Bhutanese co‐teacher to eventually take over the class;
13. In the Spring semester, co‐teach Moot Court to a class of no more than 25 third‐year students, in the process mentoring a Bhutanese co‐teacher to eventually take over the class; and
14. If the Assistant Dean desires, from time to time, propose and teach one or more upperclass electives in subject matters of his or her choosing.
The Assistant Dean will report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Duration: This is a three‐year appointment (July 2022 through June 2025).
Duty Station and Travel Requirements: The Assistant Dean will be expected to relocate to Bhutan, and will be based at JSW Law’s campus in Pangbisa, Paro. Some In‐country travel is expected. Some ex‐country travel (for example, to meet with internship hosts, recruit LL.M. students, or attend regional and international conferences) may also be desirable.
Minimum Requirements: Applicants must hold a graduate law degree or its equivalent (J.D. in countries where the J.D. is a graduate degree; otherwise, LL.M.) at the time of application, as well as at least five years’ experience in legal practice, education, or related fields.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience administering internship programmes and graduate law programmes; published research on law or policy; demonstrated administrative ability; and/or experience in legal education or legal practice in developing countries.
Salary and Terms: In addition to base pay, airfare for one international round trip “home” is also included, as well as funds for in‐country and ex‐country travel and office expenses. Additional operating expenses will be available as part of the law school’s ordinary annual budgeting process of the project office.
About Bhutan: Located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China, the Kingdom of Bhutan is an independent state with a population of about 700,000. Best known for the concept of “Gross National Happiness,” (an alternative measure of national development), Bhutan is a developing country with a significantly rural (and increasingly young) population. In 2008, Bhutan completed the peaceful transition from a monarchy to a constitutional monarchy, with the adoption of the country’s first constitution. Since that time, Bhutan has held its first three general parliamentary elections, established an independent Supreme Court, and adopted a number of related legislative and institutional reforms. Bhutan has a highly educated and dedicated judiciary and public‐sector legal profession, and a small but growing private bar. Until the law school opened its doors in 2017, all prospective legal professionals were sent abroad (usually to India) for legal education. JSW Law is intended to promote legal education that reflects Bhutanese national needs and priorities, culture, and values. In this regard, the leadership of the law school has committed the law school to the twin aims of environmental law and sustainable development, and more generally to the pillars of Gross National Happiness.
The law school is small by design, admitting no more than 25 students each year. The primary language of instruction is English, although all students will receive a thorough grounding in professional Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan (and the operating language in the courts).
How to Apply
Deadline and Further Questions: For full consideration, applications should be submitted no later than 31 January 2022. Applicants should submit a current CV and a cover letter of not more than four pages describing their interest in the position. The documents should be in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) format. Applications should be submitted to the search committee at email@example.com.
If you have questions about the position, please contact the search committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.