Español






Academics Programs
Admissions
Students Affairs
Library
Faculty
Legal Aid Clinic
Student Life
Alumni
Continuing Legal Education


Financial Aid
Academic Advising & Counseling
Careers

MAIN ACADEMIC STANDARS

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The Juris Doctor degree is granted to students who have approved a minimum of ninety two (92) credits at the School of Law, with a 2.00 or higher grade point average.

Out of the ninety two (92) credits, forty six (46) credits are required courses and, at least, forty six (46) credits are elective courses. From the required courses, six (6) credits must be approved in the Legal Aid Clinic.  From the forty six (46) credits of elective courses, two seminars must be approved.  The seminars require the student to prepare at least one rigorous term paper.

It is also required that at least sixty (60) credits out of the ninety two (92) credits - including the very last twenty four (24) credits- be take in residence at the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico.

Credits toward the J.D. degree must be completed within six (6) years in the case of full-time students, and seven (7) years for evening part-time students.

 A student who has not approved all the required credits, or failed to comply with any of the requirements regarding the forty six (46) credits of elective courses, will not be recommended for graduation.

 

It must be clear that, except for exceptional circumstances, elective courses will not be validated in substitution of the required courses or in substitution of the requirements related to the electives.

 

Should a student earns an “F” grade in any course, such grade will be final, therefore the course or seminar will not be accredited, unless the student enrolls again in the same course and approves it.  Failed courses or seminars may not be replaced with a different course or seminar.  Nor will a reexamination be authorized in those courses for which the student has earned an “F” grade.

GRADUATION RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

Compulsory class attendance.  To comply with the residency requirements for graduation purposes, the student must regularly attend classes at the School of Law.  Frequent absences will have an effect on the final grade, and such behavior may result in the total loss of credits.  Professors shall use appropriate methods to record class attendance.

 

Full time students and part time students.  A full-time student, under the residency rules, is the one who devotes substantially all his productive time to the study of Law.  The full-time students or any student with and academic load of 12 or more credits, may not be employed more than twenty (20) hours per week, whether or not they are remunerated.

 

To receive credits for an academic semester for graduation requirements purposes, a full-time student has to enroll in a program with a minimum of ten (10) credits, of which he/she must approve nine (9).  A part-time student has to enroll in a program with a minimum of eight (8) credits. If a student does not enroll on the minimum required credits, or does not approve the referenced minimum number credits for the semester, he/she may be accredited, for purposes of residency requirements, only the portion of the semester, in accordance with the number of credits he/she approved.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS PER TERM
Full-time students (day-time session) may enroll only in eighteen (18) credits per semester and six (6) credits during the summer session, in the later case up to a maximum of eight (8) credits provided prior written approval by the Dean.

 Part-time students (evening session) may enroll only in twelve (12) credits per semester and, six (6) in the summer session.  Under exceptional circumstances, the Dean may authorize additional credits, but without exceeding the maximum number of fifteen (15) credits per semester or eight (8) credits per summer session.

 

In the event that either, a full-time or part-time student has incomplete “incomplete” grades pending to be removed, the maximum number of credits in which he/she may enroll will be those that, in addition to the number of incomplete grade credits, do not exceed eighteen (18) or fifteen (15) credits, respectively. 

DISTANCE EDUCATION

The School of Law may award credits to students for courses taken by electronic or virtual means, provided that the student has full interaction with the professor and with the other students taking the course, and that the academic progress of the student is constantly assessed.  Student may not enroll in more than four (4) credits per semester, or more than twelve (12) credits in his/her course of law studies of electronic or virtual courses. No student may take distant education until he/she approves at least twenty eight (28) credits towards his/her J.D. degree.

INCOMPLETES AND PROVISIONAL GRADES

For noncompliance with a requisite that is not the final examination, the student, who has taken the final exam, may earn an “incomplete” grade should the professor teaching the course believes the student has not complied with all the other requisites of the course for just cause.  In these cases, an “incomplete” provisional grade shall be notified by the professor, which grade shall consider all the efforts and work done by the student and the final examination grade.

 

This “incomplete” grade shall be kept in the student’s record until the end of the following academic semester.  If, during this term, the student fulfills all the pending requirements, the professor shall change the provisional “incomplete” grade for a final grade, and, as soon as feasible, notify such change to the Registrar.  The final grade may not be lower than the provisional grade.  If during said term the student does not complete the pending requisites and the professor does not notify any change in the grade, the provisional grade will be final.  Provisional grades will not be maintained indefinitely.

 

Noncompliance with final examination requirement: Likewise, any student who misses the final examination due to illness proven by health certificate or official excuse issued by the Health Department of the University of Puerto Rico, or its equivalent, in extraordinary cases duly justified.  In these cases, the student shall request the prior written authorization of the Dean and submit the required medical or health condiction evidence, otherwise an “F” grade shall be recorded.  Should the evidence is submitted and authorization granted, the professor shall notify an “incomplete” provisional grade, which grade shall consider all the efforts and work done by the student and the final examination grade.  The student under these circumstances may take the corresponding substitute examination the next time the regular final examination of the course is offered, or may take a substitute special examination that shall offer by the professor of the very same course.

 

Should the student does not take the special examination administered by the professor, or the regular final examination given the next time the course is offered, the  provisional “incomplete” grade shall be changed to a final “F” grade. Given the course is not offered the next academic year, so the student is prevented from taking the regular examination of the course during the next year, then he/she shall remove the provisional “incomplete” grade taking a substitute special examination offered by the professor with whom he/she took the course, within a year of the record of the provisional “incomplete” grade.

 

Seminar’s provisional “incompletes” grades shall be removed no later than end of the next academic semester.

CORSE OF STUDIES WITHDRAWALS

PARTIAL WITHDRAWALS

 Students are entitled to withdraw from any particular course they may be enrolled in each academic session at the School of Law, at any time from the beginning of the semester or summer session, up until the deadline established in the academic calendar of the corresponding year.

 

TOTAL WITHDRAWALS

           

A student may totally withdraw from the course of studies in any academic session at the School of Law, at any time during the corresponding academic session up until the last day of the session.  To execute a total withdraw, the student shall have prior authorization from the Dean.  A “W” grade will be recorded on all courses of his/her semester course of studies program.

 

MINIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS PER YEAR

 

Students shall approve fifty percent (50%) of the credits enrolled per year.  Those who do not approve these minimum credits standard shall be placed in administrative probation for a one year term.  If at the end of the one year probation the student does not approved the minimum required number of credits, he/she will be administratively suspended for one year.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWALS

 

The Dean of the School of Law may only recommend administrative withdrawals in such cases where the circumstances for such course of action were caused by the administration of the School, or under extraordinary circumstances.  No administrative withdrawal may be recommended for the plain convenience of the student.

 

NORMS FOR THE REPETITION OF COURSES

Courses in which a student earns “D”, “F” or “NOT APPROVED” grade may be repeated without restriction.  Should a student repeat a course successfully, for purpuses of his/her academic grade point average, only the best grade shall be taken into account, but the worst grade will still appear in his/her academic record.

 

The Dean of the School, after an analysis of the academic profile of the student, may, upon written petition by the student, and under  exceptional circumstances, may authorize the repetition of courses in which he/she has earned a “C” grade.  The Dean shall inform the Registrar of his/her authorization through written communication.

 

However, any student that enrolls in a course in which he/she has obtained a grade of “D” or “F” and, after a grade review process it is up graded to “C” or higher, shall be automatically withdraw from the course, unless he/she obtains authorization from the Dean to remain enrolled in the course.

 

GRADING

Unit of Instruction.  One credit means one contact hour of conference-discussion, two to four hours of laboratory work or two hours of languages instruction per week during a semester.  A semester comprises fifteen (15) weeks of classes and one period of examinations.

 

Grading System.   The grading system at the School of Law is the following: “A” -  Excellent; “B”  -  Good; “C” -  Satisfactory; “D” - Approved; “F” -  Failed; “P” -  Approved, but not included in the academic grade point average; “NP” -  Failed, but not included in the academic grade point average; “W” -  Authorized drop and is not included in the academic grade point average; “F*” Dropped the course without authorization and is included in the academic grade point average; “I” -  Incomplete.

 

Academic Grade Point Average. It is the measure of the student’s performance. It is calculated by dividing the honor points total between total of credits accumulated in courses for which the student has received a final grade, including the grades of “F” and “F*”.  The honor points are the result of the value assigned to each grade, namely: “A” = 4; “B” = 3; “C” = 2; “D” = 1; “F” = 0; “F*” = 0, when multiplied by the number of credits of the subject taken.  Provisional grades will be counted in the computation of the academic grade point average for all purposes, except for graduation.  Coursed with graded “W” are not considered for the grade point average.

           

The School of Law has two academic grade point averages that are particularly relevant. The general academic grade point average is the measure of the student’s academic achievement for all the courses the student has enrolled. The graduation academic grade point average is the measure of academic achievement that which takes into consideration only the indispensable courses (required and electives) to eranr the J.D. degree according to the standards.

PROCEDURE FOR REVISION OF GRADES

All students are entitled to review the evaluation of the work perform and the examination taken in any course, and to request a revision of the final grade.  The student who wishes to request revision of his/her final grade shall personally notify the professor or his/her secretary.  The request shall be submitted before the end of the next immediate academic semester following the academic semester where the grade was earned, as provided in Certification No. 14 of the academic year 1984-1985 issued by Academic Senate of the Campus.

 

The professor or his/her secretary shall, within ten (10) days from the date the request is made, provide to the student, for his/her inspection, all written examinations along with the evaluation guide and the final grade distribution.  If no written examination was offered, the professor shall meet with the student within said term of ten (10) days, to explain the evaluation criteria used and the value each criteria had in the final grade.

 

If the student is interested in a review of the grade obtained, he/she will inform the same in writing to the professor or to his/her secretary.  The professor will have a term of thirty (30) days to address and resolve the student’s petition for review.  To facilitate the review, the professor may use any means estimated appropriate, such as the direct dialogue with the student or request a written document supporting the revision.

                                               

If the professor does not issue a decision within the above indicated term, the student may recur to the Dean within thirty (30) days after prescription of the term that the professor had to issue his/her determination.  Likewise, should the student not agree with the professor’s final determination he/she may recur to the Dean within thirty (30) days after the result was notified. The Dean shall resolve the student’s request within a term of fifteen (15) days and take the corresponding action, which may include referring the matter to the Student Affairs Committee and the Personnel Committee.

 

In those cases in which the matter has been referred to the Student Affairs Committee, the Committee will have a term of thirty (30) days to inform its recommendation to the Dean.  Having received the recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee, the Dean shall have a term of fifteen (15) days to take the corresponding action.

 

RETENTION RULES

A student who at the end of any academic year has a general academic grade point average lower than 2.00 points will not be allowed to continue his/her studies in the School of Law.

 

The student suspended for deficiency in his/her work may request readmission, for a probationary period of one year if the following conditions are satisfied:

 

1.      The suspended student has an academic grade point average higher than 1.75 points, and

 

2.      The academic deficiency was caused by extraordinary circumstances.

           

Should the academic grade point average of the student remains lower than 2.00 after the year of probation, the student shall be suspended indefinitely.  Once a student is indefinitely suspended for academic deficiency, the student, after a term of five (5) years from the date of suspension has elapsed, may only request readmission as a new applicant for admission.

 

A student suspended due to academic deficiency in his/her work who does not meet the aforementioned conditions for readmission on probation, after a term of five (5) years from the date of suspension has elapsed, may only request readmission as a new applicant for admission.

 

For retention purposes exclusively, the general academic grade point average of the transfer students admitted from other accredited schools shall be calculated taking into account the grades obtained at the transferring law school for those courses for which our School granted the student credit.

 

 It is each student’s responsibility to duly comply with these norms.

COURSES IN OTHER FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO

Upon completing their second year of studies, students of the School of Law may take, with the approval of the Dean, up to a maximum of six (6) elective credits in other faculties or departments of the University of Puerto Rico that offer postgraduate studies.  These credits and the corresponding grades will be considered for the Juris Doctor degree.  It should be clear that courses taken in other faculties without prior authorization of the Dean of the School of Law will not be accredited towards the Juris Doctor degree. 

 

A student, without exception, may not obtain credit for courses taken and approved with a “C” grade or lower.

COURSES IN OTHER SCHOOLS OF LAW

Our law students, with prior approval by the Dean, may take courses at other American Bar Association accredited law schools.  These courses may be taken during the receiving law school regular academic year, as well as in their accredited summer programs.   The Dean shall establish the conditions the student shall comply with in order to obtain credits for the courses he/she may be interested.  A student, without exception, may not obtain credit for courses taken and approved with a “C” grade or lower.

 

ADMISSION TO THE LEGAL AID CLINIC COURSE

To enroll in the Legal Aid Clinic course, the student shall be in his/her last year of studies and shall have approved a total of sixty (60) credits, including the courses of Civil Procedure Law and Law of Evidence. In addition, students interested in enrolling in criminal law clinical courses, shall have approved the Criminal Procedure Law course.  The clinical course may only be enrolled in at the beginning of the first semester of the academic year.

TRANSFERS FROM ONE PROGRAM TO ANOTHER

A student may transfer from the evening session to the day-time session, or vice versa, upon written request to, and approval by the Dean of the School.  In this request, the student shall state the reasons for his/her petition.

 

The request to transfer sessions shall be presented at the Office of the Dean at least two weeks before the beginning of the connected enrollment period.  Requests received during the enrollment period shall not be processed, except in the case of first year students when by error they have been classified in a session different than the one requested. 

 

The academic record of the petitioner shall be evaluated before ay authorization to transfer is granted, in order to determine the student residency status for graduation purposes. When justified by extraordinary circumstances, the Dean has the discretion to evaluate at any time session transfer requests. 

 

August 10, 2014
Student Handbook (2014-2015) (Spanish)
Courses Schedule (Spanish)      
Primer Semestre 2014-2015
Verano 2014
[Presione aqui si no puede abrir el programa]
Segundo Semestre 2013-2014
[Presione aqui si no puede abrir el programa]
Primer semestre 2013-2014
Verano 2013
Segundo Semestre 2012-2013
Invierno 2013
Primer Semestre 2012-2013
Verano 2012
Segundo Semestre 2011-2012
Invierno 2012
Primer Semestre 2011-2012
Verano 2011
Segundo Semestre 2010-2011
Primer Semestre 2010-2011
Segundo Semestre 2009-10
Invierno 2010
Primer Semestre 2009-10
Academic Calendar (Spanish)      
  
    Calendarios     
Calendario Academico 1er Semestre 2014-2015
Calendario Academico - Verano2014
Calendario Academico - 2do Semestre 2013-2014
Calendario Academico - 1er semestre 2013-2014
Calendario Academico - 2do Semestre 2012-2013
Calendario Academico - 1er Semestre 2012-2013
Calendario Academico - 2do Semestre 2011-2012
Calendario Academico - 1er Semestre 2011-2012
Calendario Academico - 2do Semestre 2010-2011
Calendario Academico - 1er Semestre 2010-2011
Calendario Academico 2do Semestre 2009-2010
Calendario Academico 1er Semestre 2009-2010
Courses and Final Exams (Spanish)      
1er Semestre 2014-2015

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

P.787.999.9595

University of Puerto Rico
Rio Piedras Campus
© 2007. School of Law. University of Puerto Rico.