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Fulbright Scholar Akta Jantrania to Join Columbia Law School

Akta Jantrania, daughter of Sailesh & Bhavana Jantrania to join Columbia Law School in Fall 2010. Apart from Columbia, Akta also got admission at Harvard, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Georgetown and University of Chicago.


Akta graduated with great honors “Magna Cum Laude” from the Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA in 2009. Akta was on the Dean’s List for four years and upon graduation from Claremont McKenna, Akta was awarded the “Best Overall Student” in International Relations.

At Claremont, Akta was the Edward J. Sexton Fellow, an award given to exceptional students in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). During her undergrad, Akta was a McKenna scholar and the recipient of Rogers Corporation scholarship.

Immediately after graduation from Claremont McKenna College, Akta was selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the US State Department. As a Fulbright scholar Akta moved to South Korea to teach conversational English to 630 students at Daegu All Girls High School in South Korea. During her free time Akta volunteered as an assistant to a kindergarten and first grade English teacher at a local orphanage.

Akta spent one summer and one winter interning with SEWA Rural, Jhagadia, Gujarat, India, working with Adivasi (indigenous minority) children. Akta also studied one semester at the Sorbonne, Paris. While in Paris, she interned with the National Assemble, working for a French Minister. In this capacity, she monitored and analyzed the role of blogs in the 2007 French presidential election.

In summer of 2008, Akta was the recipient of American Bar Foundation’s Summer Research Diversity Fellowship in Law and social Science where she conducted research on rape as a weapon of war in the genocide in Darfur. Her research emphasized the correlation between rape and displacement in Darfur.

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