School Law Club

On 21 February 2012 coinciding with 32nd Royal Birth Anniversary of His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Bhutan National Legal Institute introduced first law clubs in schools across the country. The motto of School Law Clubs is “to nurture every student a law-abiding citizen.” The main objective behind the formulation of law clubs in schools is to promote better understanding of the country’s laws and its importance. It also emphasizes on disseminating legal information among the students related to youth problems, rights and duties of children. HRH Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, the President of the Institute addressing to the students said, “I hope that the law clubs would bring not only knowing and understanding of the constitutions and our laws but also creates awareness, respect and value for our past, for our heritage, priority as a nation and true concern for common future.”

Law clubs serve as a very useful avenue for legal information and education. The clubs have been undertaking programs such as legal literacy, regional and national mock trials and moot court competitions, peer mediation, legal essay and quiz competitions in the schools. In the beginning of academic year, the Law Club Coordinators prepare action plans and submit activity reports to the Institute at the end of the academic year. Today, forty-seven schools have law clubs. The clubs function under the patronage of the Institute.