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A Tradition of Service

The University of Puerto Rico Law School offers the opportunity to obtain an excellent legal education.  Plus, the incomparable advantage of a required clinical program where students dedicate two semesters to the practice of law in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and as legal advisors to communities and groups.   A pioneering endeavor when it began in 1952, the Legal Aid Clinic is a central component of the curriculum.

As a service to our community,  a diverse spectrum of mostly indigent clients benefit from free legal representation of unparalleled quality.

 

A Solid Foundation of Lawyering Skills

Upon completing 60 credits students enroll in one of our diverse clinical offerings according to their preferences.  They enjoy the unique opportunity of practicing law closely supervised by a distinguished and dedicated faculty of experienced clinical law professors.
Actively participating in every stage of the proceedings, students in litigation clinics are responsible for client interviewing, drafting pleadings, motion practice, discovery, trial and appeals, including briefs and memoranda.  Other clinics enable students to discuss and propose public policy, engage in legislative work, community organizing, and advocacy.  They are encouraged to act independently while the teacher supervises and guides them through each component of the lawyering process.

In a Contemporary Setting

Our specially designed modern facilities offer the distinctive environment of a medium-sized law firm.  There, with other student-colleagues, students learn the inner workings of the professional experience.

Reinforced with a classroom component of a dynamic nature experienced clinicians introduce future lawyers to the practical skills of the professions, simulations, conferences, workshops, computerized training resources, and participation in extramural competition serve as instruments for the structures curriculum.  Student´s enthusiasm is contagious at the start of their last year of studies when they begin to work in the Legal Aid Clinic.

In a Contemporary Setting

Our specially designed modern facilities offer the distinctive environment of a medium-sized law firm.  There, with other student-colleagues, students learn the inner workings of the professional experience.

Reinforced with a classroom component of a dynamic nature experienced clinicians introduce future lawyers to the practical skills of the professions, simulations, conferences, workshops, computerized training resources, and participation in extramural competition serve as instruments for the structures curriculum.  Student´s enthusiasm is contagious at the start of their last year of studies when they begin to work in the Legal Aid Clinic.

Upon graduation, students enter the employment market with a valuable experience that enhances their professional opportunities.

With a Broad Choice of Fields

Although a required course, the Legal Aid Clinic allows students to choose from a spectrum of diverse offerings. A broad selection of specialized sections permits students to venture into the real-world experience of being a lawyer.

         Juvenile Law

            Civil Practice

            Environmental Justice

            Human Rights / GLBTT

            Employment

            State and Federal Criminal Law Practice

            Mediation

            Economic Community Development

            Immigration

            Small Business Organization

            Cyber Law

Keeping Up With The Times

Law Clinic offerings broaden every year.  The program continuously examines the changing interests of the student body and the demands from the community in need of legal representation.We often accompany the inception of new courses in the regular curriculum with its equivalent clinical offering.

September 28, 2014
Faculty
Prof. María L. Jiménez , Director

mjimenez@law.upr.edu

Phone 787-999-9579

Fax       787-999-9580

 

 

Civil Practice

Prof.  Marta Elisa González

Prof.  Prof. Luis M. Rodríguez

 

Criminal Practice

Prof. Francisco Rebollo

Prof. Luis Santiago

 

Federal Criminal Practice

Prof. María H. Sandoval

 

Juvenile Law

Prof. María C. Sáez

 

Environmental Justice

Prof. Pedro Saadé

 

Mediation

Prof. Mildred Negrón

 

Employment Law

Prof. Sara M. Chico

 

Cyber Law

Prof. Chloé Georas

 

Small Business Organization

Prof. Pedro A. Padilla

  

Immigration Law

Prof. Patrick D. O’Neill

 

Human Rights/GLBTT

Prof. Nora Vargas

 

Economic Community Development

Prof. María E. Hernández

School of Law
University of Puerto Rico
PO Box 23349
San Juan, PR 00931-3349

P.787.999.9595

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