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June 10 to July 1, 2014



The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) School of Law, an American Bar Association  (ABA) accredited Law School, has a solid presence in Chile and Argentina. Since 2008, our students have attended the Diego Portales University Faculty of Law in Santiago, Chile and likewise, we have received students from Chile and Argentina in our UPR School of Law.  This year we will offer one and a half weeks of instruction at Palermo University Faculty of Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina and one week at the Diego Portales University Faculty of Law in Santiago, Chile. 


This approximately three weeks program has a thorough international and comparative approach.  Dr. Eduardo Bertoni, a distinguished faculty member from Palermo University, will offer the course Internet and Freedom of Expression. Professors Mauricio Duce and Cristian Riego, distinguished faculty members of the Diego Portales Faculty of Law will offer the course Comparative Studies in Latin America: Criminal Justice Reform and Foreign Investment.   


The immersion in the Chilean and Argentinean culture and the exchange with renowned scholars is certainly the best way to accomplish the goal of providing comparative in-depth learning experiences in a local and historical setting. The courses will be taught in Spanish or English depending on the language proficiency of the registered students and will be enhanced by guest lecturers and visits to legal entities, including a visit to the Supreme Court of Argentina. The two courses will provide a total of 4 semester credits.



June 10, 2014

Program opens in Argentina. Welcome and Orientation meeting

June 11, 2014

Course at Palermo University starts

June 20, 2014

Course at Palermo University ends*

June 21-22, 2014

Travel to Santiago, Chile

June 23, 2014

Course at University of Chile starts

July 1, 2014

Course at University of Chile ends.* End of Program


Participants must make their own travel arrangements. Passports are required to travel to Argentina and Chile, their procurement is each student responsibility. Visas are not required for US citizens traveling to Argentina and Chile for a period of three months or less.  When arriving in Argentina and Chile, tourists must pay an entering charge of $140.00, and when leaving, an exit fee of $20.00.



Accommodations are not provided by the Program. Students may make the housing arrangements they prefer. A list of housing possibilities is offered at our website:  The U.S. Information about reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities is available upon request. Also, it is strongly recommended that students secure their housing arrangements in Buenos Aires and Santiago before they leave Puerto Rico.

Academic FacilitiesAcademic Facilities

Classes are held at the Palermo University and Diego Portales University Law Faculties. Dr. Ana C. Gómez, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law is the On-site Director of the program at both Universities.  The Faculty of Law at the Diego Portales University in Chile is located in the heart of the city of Santiago.  The Law Faculty provides ample classrooms, a law library and physical facilities for students with disabilities, among other modern conveniences for the study of law.


The Faculty of Law at the University of Palermo is located at the Palermo neighborhood of the city of Buenos Aires, one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities of Latin America.

Academic Policies

The UPR Summer Law Program at Chile and Argentina is offered as part of the curriculum of the UPR School of Law. A maximum of 30 students will be admitted in the Program.  This Program is approved by the ABA. The Program is open to any students with good standing at ABA/AALS approved U.S. law schools who have completed at least one year in these institutions. 


To earn credits participants may take courses (which require a final examination) or participate as auditors (which doesn’t require a final examination). The courses will be graded as Pass or Fail. No unit credit will be granted if the grade is a Fail.  


The consistent experience is that transfers and accreditations from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law credits have been approved by other law schools. However, each law school must determine the requirements for the transferability of credits earned in this Program. Participants are responsible for approval from their own law schools to transfer credits in compliance with residency requirements. All students are subject to the standard attendance and grading policies of the UPR School of Law. Students who are admitted to the Program will receive information outlining these policies. Class attendance is compulsory.  Following the Criteria for Approval of Foreign Summer Programs of the ABA Approved Schools, no student shall be allowed to enroll in courses that meet more than 220 class minutes per day.

Tuition Fees and Payments





Non Refundable Registration Fee (payable w/ application form)


Estimated Housing Expenses


Estimated Airline Travel and entrance fee


Estimated Food & Expenses





*Includes courses fees, receptions, two field trips in each country, textbooks, and visits to legal institutions.


Payment dates


$300 tuition deposit

two weeks of the admission notification

Refund is limited to $100

if withdrawal notification is made prior to April 2, 2014

$ 2,000.00 Tuition Balance

Due by April 30, 2014


Cancellation  policy

The deposit and tuition payments are non refundable. The only exception being the case of serious illness, which makes attendance to the program impossible. In the unlikely event that the Program has to be canceled, the University of Puerto Rico will fully refund tuition payments. The UPR School of Law Summer Program does not provide direct financial assistance to Program participants.  For UPR’s students financial aid could be provided by at the Financial Aid Office at the School.

Course DescriptionsCourse Descriptions

Internet and Freedom of the Expression

Monday, June 11 to Friday, to June 20 / 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Prof. Eduardo Bertoni


Technologies like the Internet are essential to freedom of expression. According to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, “[t]he Internet has become a vital communications medium which individuals can use to exercise their right to freedom of expression, or the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers... Like no other communications medium before it, the Internet allows individuals to communicate instantaneously and inexpensively, and it has had a dramatic impact on the way information and ideas are shared and accessed, and on journalism itself.”

Yet, the Internet not only provides an opportunity to express oneself—it also poses serious risks to the exercise of the right to free expression. In the Special Rapporteur’s words, “While the Internet offers new and expanded opportunities to disseminate and access information and ideas of all kinds, it would be naive and dangerous to ignore its simultaneous use as a tool to monitor, identify, locate and target individuals who disseminate critical or sensitive information via the Internet. Moreover, the vast amount of personal information that is made available online, including through social networking sites, also pose serious concerns regarding the right to privacy, such as who has access to specific personal information, how the information is used, and whether, and for how long, the information is stored.”

Furthermore, today’s rapid increase in new technology users, specifically of the Internet, means that governments are facing a wide array of new regulatory challenges on the subject of freedom of expression and democracy. These challenges range from how to promote access to the Internet, to what sort of content regulations and/or filters—by the government or private companies like internet service providers (ISPs)—are acceptable in a democratic society.

Comparative Studies in Latina America: Criminal Justice

Reform and Foreign Investment, Santiago, Chile

Monday, June 24 to Friday, July 1, 2014 / 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Prof. Mauricio Duce and Prof. Cristian Riego


This course includes two comparative studies about criminal procedure and criminal justice reform in Latin America and foreign investment.  The first one provides a general framework for the understanding of modern criminal procedure within a comparative approach.  The latter, addresses the protection of foreign investment in Latin America.


Liability and Insurance

UPR Law School will not be responsible for personal injuries to students, medical conditions, or for loss or damage to personal property within or in transit to or from Chile or Argentina.  The School will provide for all participants a health insurance that covers or reimburses for health care abroad, but students must acquire a plan to cover medical evacuation and repatriation.

Admissions and Registration Procedures

Applicants should submit:

1. A completed copy of the attached application form,

2. A certified copy of your law school transcript,

3. A letter from your Dean, authorizing participation at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law Summer Law Program in Santiago, Chile and certifying you as a student in good standing. (Not applicable for UPR students)

4. A $40 dollars application fee payable to the University of Puerto Rico.

5. One 2 x 2 picture


The application deadline is April 11, 2014. Applications submitted after the date will be considered only if there is space available. Enrollment is limited to 30 applicants. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and notification of the admissions decisions will usually be made within one week of receipt of all application materials. Courses registration may be made on the admission form at the end of this brochure.


Cancelation Policy

Tuition received is refundable only if the applicant is refused admission or if a course offering is change or cancelled.  Tuition is also refundable if there is a military obligation.  UPR School of Law retains the right to cancel the program due to unforeseen circumstances, at which time tuition payments will be refunded.

February 12, 2016
Application for Admission
Graduate, Joint and Exchange Programs

Prof . Ivette González Buitrago, J.D., L.L.M.
Assistant Dean
School of Law
University of Puerto Rico
PO Box 23349, San Juan,
Puerto Rico 00931-3349
Tel (787) 999-9561 
     (787) 999-9559
Fax (787) 999-9564

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