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A J.S.D. Candidate: Thailand

Nartnirun Junngam (J.S.D. Candidate, LL.M. 2006)

Why did you come to Yale Law School? 
Under the auspices of a full scholarship from the Royal Thai Government, I came to YLS to pursue my LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees. The Law School’s emphasis on encouraging students to remain aware of public rather than private interest is what initially attracted me to the program. Comparing its unique approach to that of other law schools, it is clear that here at YLS students have the freedom to design their own course of study to suit their individual background and their professional goals. I believe that its unmatched resources, together with professors’ unparalleled guidance and commitment, will allow me to perform my research successfully. After the completion of my degrees, the education and training I will have received from YLS will be, ultimately, reinvested in future generations of law students in my home country of Thailand. 

Describe one experience you have had here that you did not expect.
I was impressed by the close relationships I have been able to develop among other students, professors, and staff members. YLS is one of the few law schools in the world where close relationships among colleagues is considered to be a complimentary and vital part of a formal legal education. This characteristic is well illustrated by former Dean Harold Hongju Koh’s words: “Accomplishment alone without humanity is tragic, and excellence alone without humanity is worthless.”

Comment about your experiences at Yale Law School.
The word “nostalgia” as it pertains to my home country has ceased to exist in my personal lexicon since arriving at YLS. The intellectual stimulation provided by YLS courses and workshops, as well as the opportunities to meet new people at social events held by the university and the Law School, keep me very busy during the semester. What I lack, if anything, has been fulfilled by the many academic and social activities here.  

What is the one thing you would want every potential applicant to know?
The J.S.D. program at YLS allows you to pursue your own intrinsic academic interests, an aspect that is especially conducive to the intellectual development of each individual student. Professors here are very open and willing to help you develop your own ideas. Your thoughts will be taken seriously. In addition, the academic support provided by the program helps EFL students overcome the language barrier and develop their abilities to present ideas clearly in their scholarly work.

Has a particular faculty member had an impact on you?
Working closely with my LL.M. advisor and J.S.D. supervisor, Professor Michael Reisman, has been a great impact on me. Professor Reisman has been a profound and positive influence on my attitude toward international law, scholarly work, and professorship. He continues to broaden my understanding of the dynamic concept of international law as a process of authoritative decisions. Not only does his approach change the way I conceive of international law, it also enables me to analyze the sorts of professional solutions proposed by other international lawyers. As an affable yet academically tough supervisor, he engenders in me a strong intention to be a committed mentor to my own future students, likewise giving them the chance to pursue their own intellectual and professional goals. He is my role model!  

What are you currently focusing your work on?
I am currently focusing on international investment law; particularly, on the applicability of the most-favored-nation clause to contemporary international investment law.