SCHOOL OF LAW

Address : Box 23349, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3349

Telephone : (787) 999-9565;

Fax : (787) 999-9564

E-mail :aquiñones@law.upr.edu

Web address: http://law.upr.edu

DEGREE OFFERED

Juris Doctor (JD)

ACCREDITATION

American Bar Association (1945)
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago , Illinois 60610
www.abanet.org/legaled

Association of American Law Schools (1944)
1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite 800
Washington , D.C. 20036-2717
www.aals.org

FACULTY

Marco A. Abarca Díaz, PhD, 1998, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands; MAE, 1997, Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica; BD, 1990, Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica; MSt (candidate), 2006, University of Oxford. Associate Professor.
Law and development; international human rights protection; law and social change

José Julián Álvarez González, LLM, 1978, Yale University, JD, 1977, University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
Constitutional law; tort law; federal jurisdiction, comparative law

Roberto P. Aponte Toro, LLM, 1986, JSD, 1994, University of Harvard; MA, 1979, Political Studies, University of Essex; JD, 1969, University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
Legal aspects of business transactions; legal aspects of the European Community; public international law; seminars on international law; international economic relations; civil legal interaction; Common law (Anglo-American law)

Rubén Berríos Martínez, LLM 1965, LLB, 1964, Yale University; Diploma of Law, 1966, University of Oxford. Professor.
Public international law; seminars on international law; seminars on constitutional law

Ernesto Chiesa Aponte, JD, 1974, MA, 1967 University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
Criminal law; criminal procedure; law of evidence; legal theory

Evaluz Cotto Quijano, LLM, 1996, Georgetown University; candidate for a PhD in Law at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; JD, 1992, University of Puerto Rico. Associate Professor.
Securities legislation; partnerships and corporations; commercial law; secured transactions; payment systems; seminars on commercial law

Carmelo Delgado Cintrón, MA. 1977, Universidad de Nueva York; Doctor en Law, 1974 Universidad Complutense de Madrid; LLB. 1966, University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
History of Puerto Rican law; history of Puerto Rican constitutional law; law and literature; seminars on advanced legal research; seminars on theory of law

Carlos Díaz Olivo, LLM. 1985, Harvard University; JD. 1983, University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
Partnerships and corporations; civil procedural law; antitrust legislation and restrictive practices on competition; seminars on partnerships and corporations

Demetrio Fernández, LLM. 1962, Yale University; Doctor of Law, 1960, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; LLB, 1959 University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
Administrative law; arbitration; torts; labor law

Guillermo Figueroa Prieto, LLB. 1969, University of Puerto Rico, Professor.
Legal clinic: civil litigation; professional ethics; the legal profession; sports law

Erika Fontánez Torres, LLM, 2002, London School of Economics and Political Sciences; JD, 1999, University of Puerto Rico. Assistant Professor.
Natural resources legislation; contract law; seminars in environmental law

Antonio García Padilla, LLM. 1981, Yale University; JD, 1978, University of Puerto Rico. Professor (on leave)
Civil procedure

Michel J. Godreau Robles, Doctor Juris, 1969, University of Munich, LLB, University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
Property Law; contract law; special contracts; condominium law; seminars on civil law

Ana C. Gómez, LLM. Universidad Carlos III Madrid; JD, University of Puerto Rico; doctoral candidate at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Assistant Professor.
Family law; inheritance law; mortgage law

Luis F. González Correa , LLB. 1959, University of Puerto Rico, Professor.
Commercial law; partnerships and corporations; trusts; notary practice

Efraín González-Tejera, SJD, 1969, LLM, 1959 Harvard University LLB, 1958, University of Puerto Rico. Emeritus Professor.
Trusts and estates

David Helfeld, Post-Doctoral Studies, Harvard Law School, 1954-55; JSD, 1954, LLB, 1948,
Yale University, Emeritus Professor.
Labor law; constitutional law

Glenda Labadie Jackson, LLM, 1999. Harvard University JD, 1997 University of Puerto Rico, Associate Professor.
Torts; family law; civil procedure; seminars on family law

Enid Martínez Moya, JD, 1976, MA, 1973, University of Puerto Rico. Associate Professor.
Mortgage Law; Notarial Law; Decedent Estate.

Ana Matanzo Vicens, LLM, 1987, Harvard University, JD, 1976, University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
Legal clinic: civil litigation, the legal profession

Hiram Meléndez Juarbe, LLM, 2002, Harvard University, 2002, JD, 2000, University of Puerto Rico. Assistant Professor.
Administrative law, cybernetic law, constitutional law, seminars on constitutional law

Luis Muñiz Argüelles,PhD, 1989, Universidad de París II; JD, 1975, University of Puerto Rico; MS. 1970, Columbia University. Professor.
Comparative law; contract law; property law; mortgage law, private international law, judicial management

Vivian Neptune Rivera, LLM, 1998, University of Columbia; JD, 1995, University of Puerto Rico. Assistant Professor.
Labor law; evidence, social legislation

Olga Elena Resumil, LLM, 1976, Diploma in Criminal Law and Criminology, Università di Roma; JD, 1973, University of Puerto Rico. Professor.
Criminal law; criminal procedure; criminology; seminars on criminal procedure

Efrén Rivera Ramos, PhD, 1994, University of London; LLM, 1981, Harvard University JD, 1976, University of Puerto Rico. Professor and Dean.
Law of evidence; theory of law; sociology of law; seminars on constitutional law

Luis E. Rodríguez Rivera,LLM, 1998, University of Cambridge; JD, 1987, Harvard University. Associate Professor.
International environmental law; administrative law; environmental resource legislation; seminars on environmental law; seminars on administrative law

William Vázquez Irizarry,LLM, 1997,London School of Economics; JD, 1994, University of Puerto Rico. Assistant Professor.
Civil procedure; governmental law; executive procedure

Luis M. Villaronga Arostegui, MA, 1973, University of Pennsylvania; JD, 1966, Harvard University. Professor.
Constitutional law; insurance law; federal jurisdiction, civil rights litigation.

David Wexler, JD, 1964, New York University, 1964. Professor.
Theory of law; therapeutic jurisprudence, criminal law

JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM

The Juris Doctor degree can be completed in three years by full-time students or in four years by part-time students. The degree is awarded to students who complete a minimum of 92 credits in the School of Law, with a minimum grade point average of 2.00, and who fulfill all other requirements and academic standards of the School of Law.

Summer Session

Each summer, the School of Law offers courses that aim to achieve three objectives: 1) to enable students who study part-time to finish their studies in four years, 2) to enrich the academic program with courses given by visiting professors in subjects that would not ordinarily be taught during the regular academic year, and 3) to establish close ties between the School of Law and the best young legal talent in the world.

Winter Session

The School of Law holds a winter session in January after Epiphany. Distinguished professors of Law coming from faculties throughout the world offer mini-courses on specialized law topics that can be dealt with effectively within one week of intensive work.

Admission Requirements

The School of Law admits students once a year in accordance with the requirements and procedures approved by the School of Law and the Admissions Committee. To be admitted, all applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) offered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
  • Take the Examen de Admisión a Estudios de Posgrado (EXADEP), offered by the Educational Testing Service (Scores on tests taken after the application due date set by the School of Law will not be considered: LSAT, no later than February; EXADEP no later than March.)
  • Register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS), offered by the School of Law Admissions Council, which will compile all information required for admission to the School of Law, including academic transcripts and LSAT results; (This service must be requested simultaneously with the LSAT. All applicants are responsible for making sure that every university where they have taken courses sends official copies of their undergraduate academic transcripts to the LSDAS. If the applicant does not register with the LSDAS, the Law School will not consider the application.)
  • Write a 300-word personal statement describing their reasons for studying law
  • Submit an essay, paper, or article written during undergraduate studies
  • Include a $20.00 money order with application
  • Submit official evidence of having earned an undergraduate degree

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 92 credits taken at the School of Law, with a grade point average of at least 2.00. These include 46 credits of required courses, and a minimum of 46 credits in elective courses. As part of the required courses, 6 credits must be completed in the Legal Aid Clinic. As part of the 46 credits in electives, two seminars must be completed in each of which the student writes at least one rigorous research paper.
  • At least 60 of the 92 credits, including the last 24 credits before graduation, must be completed in the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Law.
  • Degree studies must be completed within a maximum of 6 years for full-time students or within a maximum of 7 years for part-time students.
    • Elective courses shall not be validated to replace required courses unless extraordinary circumstances justify otherwise.
    • If students obtain an “F,” the grade will count towards their degree and grade point average, although they will not receive credit unless the course is repeated with a passing grade. Elective courses may not substitute required courses. Students will not be allowed to retake any test on which they have already earned an “F.” In such a case, the student must re-register the following semester.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Exchange Programs

During their second year, students at the School of Law may opt to study for a period of one or two semesters at any of the following schools:

  • The Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona  in Tucson, Arizona
  • The University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut
  • The Florida International University College of Law in  Miami, Florida
  • The Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • The Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile
  • The Faculteit de Rechten van de Universiteit Antwerpen in Antwerp, Belgium.
  • The Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada.

The cost of tuition for students will be the same as that paid at the UPR-RP School of Law. Credits earned by passing these courses will be accredited toward the degree.

Programs for obtaining other degrees while pursuing the JD

Five programs currently are offered that present students with the opportunity to earn an additional degree in conjunction with the Juris Doctor:

Concurrent Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration

The Law School and the College of Business Administration of the University of Puerto Rico offer a joint study program leading to a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), in the area of Finance. Students can complete this program in four years, instead of the five it would require if the degrees were to be earned separately. Students must be accepted by both schools to qualify for this program.

Juris Doctor/Dual-Title Degree Program, Universitat de Barcelona

The University of Puerto Rico School of Law and the Law School of the Universitat de Barcelona have established a program that leads to the conferring of two degrees simultaneously: the Juris Doctor and the Licentiatein Law (JD/Licentiate in Law). This program is open to students from both institutions.

Students from the University of Puerto Rico should study their first two years in Puerto Rico, a third year in Barcelona, and return to Puerto Rico for their final year of studies. Students from the Universitat de Barcelona spend their first three years in Barcelona, their fourth year in Puerto Rico, and return to Barcelona for their final year of studies.

Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy, University of Minnesota

University of Puerto Rico School of Law and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota offer a joint study program leading to a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Law School and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Institute of Public Affairs. This program is only available to students from the School of Law, and the students must be admitted by both institutions to qualify for the program. The program makes it possible to earn both degrees in four years, instead of the five that would be required if the student were to pursue each degree separately.

Juris Doctor and Doctor of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

The School of Law and the School of Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico offer a program which allows students to earn a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in six years, instead of the seven that would be required if the degrees were pursued separately. Students may spend their first two years in either the School of Law or the School of Medicine, and eventually return to the School of Law to complete the program requirements in their last year of studies. They are exempt from one semester of Legal Clinic, which will be substituted by a medical clinic experience.

Students must be admitted in advance to both the School of Law and the School of Medicine, in accordance with the admissions policies and procedures of each school, to qualify for the program. In addition, students must complete a separate application for admission to the JD/MD Program. All students must complete 77 credits in the Law School and 4,124 hours in the School of Medicine. The degree will be conferred upon the recommendation of a joint committee, composed of the deans and one professor from each school. Each degree will be awarded separately.

Juris Doctor/ Graduate Studies Certification, International and European Legal Studies Programme (ELSP), Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium)

The University of Puerto Rico School of Law and the Faculty of Law at the Unversiteit Antwerpen have reached an agreement on an exclusive exchange program. Puerto Rican students will have the unique opportunity of spending a semester or a year in Antwerp, Belgium to participate in a postgraduate program specialized in comparative and European law, offered to international students by the Universteit Antwerpen. Likewise, Belgian students will be spend a semester or year in San Juan, Puerto Rico to study at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and gain experience in Puerto Rican and Anglo-American legal culture.  This program is a clear example of the UPR-RP School of Law’s commitment to providing students and professors with exclusive international educational opportunities and highlights our effort to expand our student body with visitors from Europe. 

The Summer Program in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

The summer program offers students an opportunity to study law in Europe. Students receive up to six credits for courses completed during the six-week program in Barcelona. The focus of the program is on comparative and international law. Because the classes are offered in English, the program is also open to law students from the United States.

Winter Program in Ottawa, Canada

The University of Puerto Rico School of Law and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law offer an innovative program, presenting students with the opportunity to earn four credits for a three-week course during the Winter Program.  During the first weeks of January, a maximum of 24 Canadian students and 24 Puerto Rican students have the opportunity to spend time together and study law in Ottawa and Puerto Rico. Two courses are offered in English during this section: Techno Rico, in which the topic of law and technology will be analyzed, and Fémina Rico, in which social discrimination is studied from a feminist viewpoint. 

Program of Study

Program Requirements

Credits

Core Courses

46

DERE 7006 Torts

3

DERE 7007 Property

3

DERE 7008 Family Law

3

DERE 7015 Criminal Law

3

DERE 7016 Contract Law

4

DERE 7017 Civil Procedure

4

DERE 7018 Constitutional Law

4

DERE 7026 Evidence

3

DERE 7036 Business Associations and Corporations

3

DERE 7039 Theory of Law

3

DERE 7041-7042 Legal Aid Clinic

6

DERE 7066 The Legal Profession

2

DERE 7068 Legal Research and Writing

2

DERE 7115 Public International Law

3

Electives (including 4 credits in seminars)

46

Total Credits

92

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Student Exchange Program

During their second year, Law School students may choose to spend one or two semesters taking courses at the University of Arizona Law School in Tucson; at the University of Connecticut Law School, in Hartford; at the University of Chile Law School in Santiago; at the University of Antwerp, Belgium; or students may also choose to visit the University of Ottawa School of Law in Canada during the Winter Session or in any semester.

While abroad, tuition cost for students would remain the same as at the University of Puerto Rico Law School. Courses will be credited toward their degree.

Programs for obtaining other degrees while pursuing the JD

The Law School of the University of Puerto Rico offers four programs which allow students to obtain a second degree while they work toward the Juris Doctor:

Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration

The Law School and the College of Business Administration of the University of Puerto Rico offer a joint study program leading to a Juris Doctor (JD), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), in the area of Finance. Students can complete this program in four years, instead of the five it would require if the degrees were done separately.

The students must be accepted by both schools to qualify for this program.

Juris Doctor and First Professional Law Degree (Licenciatura), University of Barcelona

The University of Puerto Rico School of Law and the Law School of the University of Barcelona have established a program that leads to the conferring of two degrees simultaneously: the Juris Doctor and the Licenciatura, or First Professional Degree in Law (JD/Licenciatura in Law).

The program could be pursued by students from both institutions. Students from the University of Puerto Rico should study their first two years in Puerto Rico, a third year in Barcelona, and their last year back in Puerto Rico. Students of the University of Barcelona do their first three years in Barcelona, their fourth year in Puerto Rico, and their last year back in Barcelona.

Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy, University of Minnesota

University of Puerto Rico School of Law and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota offer a joint study program leading to a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Law School and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Institute of Public Affairs. This program is only available to students of the Law School, and the students must be admitted by both institutions to qualify for the program. The program makes it possible to obtain both degrees in four years, instead of the five that would be required if the student pursued each program separately.

Juris Doctor and Doctor of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

The Law School and the School of Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico offer a program which allows students to obtain a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in six years, instead of the seven that would be required if the degrees were pursued separately. Students may spend their first two years in either the Law School or the School of Medicine, and eventually return to the Law School in their last year to complete the program requirements. They are exempt from one semester of Legal Clinic, which will be substituted by a medical clinic experience.

Students must be admitted in advance to both the School of Law and the School of Medicine, in accordance with the admission policies and procedures of each school, to qualify for the program. In addition, students must complete a separate application for admission to the JD/MD Program. All students must complete 77 credits in the Law School and 4,124 hours in the School of Medicine. The degree will be conferred upon the recommendation of a joint committee, composed of the deans and one professor from each School. Each degree will be awarded separately.

The Summer Program in Barcelona, Spain

The summer program offers students an opportunity to study law in Europe. Students receive up to six credits for courses completed during the six-week program in Barcelona. The focus of the program is on comparative and international law. Because the classes are offered in English, the program is also open to law students from the United States.

Winter Program in Ottawa, Canada

The Law School of the University of Ottawa and the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico offers twelve students from each institution the opportunity to take courses during the Winter Term both in Ottawa, Canada and Puerto Rico. The course is offered in English and is devoted to issues related to technology and law. Students will receive four credits and is only available for second year students.

Description of Courses (PDF)

 
 
   

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