CLS Student Rishab Gupta '08 Named Rhodes Scholar

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February 29, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School student Rishab Gupta ’08 will head to Oxford, England later this year after being named a Rhodes Scholar for 2008. Gupta, who grew up in Delhi, India, was one of five Rhodes Scholars selected from India for the year.
Gupta said he plans to conduct research in public international law and international trade law during his time at Oxford. He plans to stay for a year, but since the scholarship can be extended to three years, he might stay longer to pursue a doctorate in law.
Gupta, whose family still lives in Delhi, earned a B.A. in mathematics from Delhi University in 2004. Then he joined the LL.B. program at the London School of Economics. Towards the end of his second year in that program, he was selected for the London School of Economics and Columbia Law School dual degree program. In September 2006, he arrived at Columbia as a 2L.
The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.
Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.