First-Ever Indian-American To Become Dean Of Top U.S. Law School

July 3, 2014

New Delhi: Indian-origin techies are not the only crowd pullers who have made it big abroad. But scholars with caliber have also scaled the heights in the world of academics. And the latest entrant to the illustrious list of Indians who are making their presence felt globally is Sujit Choudhry—a highly regarded constitutional scholar. He is set to take the reins as a Dean of the University of California, Berkeley, reports TNN.



Delhi-born Choudhry, who founded and steered the Center for Constitutional Transitions, has received great reviews for his scholarship in the constitutional field including for the work in the sub-continent. Choudhry who is now co-editing Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law topped the list to head UC Berkeley law School with ease and some of his former students include former Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, former Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Silicon Valley legal eagle Larry Sonsini among others.



Even though law is not among the favorite subject of Indian students in the United States, it is reportedly said that there has been lot of efforts made to open quite a few of them in the recent past.

According to the Open Doors report that closely monitors foreign students coming in to the U.S., around 75 percent of students from India take up engineering, math and science specializations and close to 15 percent study at business schools. The report also showed that there were not many to tabulate law school entrants, but social sciences and humanities accounted less than 5 percent respectively.



Choudhry said, "Great law schools of the 21st century will be a global crossroads for people and ideas from around the world.”He further added that, “Legal issues are not confined to single jurisdictions now. They may have state, federal, foreign, international and transnational dimensions,” reports TOI




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