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University of Puerto Rico School of Law

University of Puerto Rico
School of Law
P.O. Box 23349 UPR Station
San Juan, PR 00931
www.law.upr.edu/

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Wanda Perez
Director of Admissions
E-mail

Category Type

Public Service Graduation Requirement Program

Description of Programs

All students are required to take in their last year the course: Legal Aid Clinic (3 credits each semester). This is a live clinic course for low income clients. The 13 sessions including diverse topic, such as: Minors, Inmigration, Mediation, Gay Lesbian

In addition, the school provides a voluntary and formal pro bono experience coordinated by a School official. The Enlace Program with students from public high schools adjacent to the UPR campus.

More recently the School has provided ample support to the pro bono services rendered by ANDA an Environmental Law Students Organization which has provided support and orientation to community environmental leaders from all parts of Puerto Rico.

Location of Programs

It is located in the Students Affairs Office

Staffing/Management/Oversight

None listed

Funding

The first years of The Enlace Program it received grant money from the LSAC.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

None listed

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Service is one of the criteria used for tenure and promotion decisions.

Awards/Recognition

In the Anual Awards Ceremony, a certificate is given to each of the students who participated in the Enlace Program

Community Service

None listed

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Rosa I. Collazo
Career Development Director
E-mail
P: (787) 999-9610

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

None listed

Public Interest Centers

Enlace Program

Law and Development

 

Public Interest Clinics

Civil Law Clinic

Gay Lesbian Rights

Inmigration Clinic

 

Mediation

 

Externships/Internships

Students enrolled in a summer internship course worked 20 hours weekly for 6 weeks and earned 2 credits. Placements included community development, environmental law and labor law initiatives. Two students did extensive field work outside San Juan.

Classes with a Public Service Component

Seminar: Law and Development – Aula Verde is a project for the development of economic strategies through nature and the environment in the midst of a public housing project with very high criminal incidence. Through this program former convicts are employed in a butterfly farm that serves as a community enterprise and receives visits from school children of adjacent communities. In 2004 Dean Rivera incorporated this project into the Law School curriculum as an applied research project with an accompanying two semester seminar with an initial enrollment of fourteen students.

Public Interest Journals

None listed

PI Career Support Center

Career counseling; educational activities; Annual Job Fair 50% participation of employers from the public sector; coordinated on campus visits of several public agencies; prepared and distributed to interest students and graduates a contact list of the main public interest employers in Puerto Rico; bought directories, fellowship manuals and other resources helpful in the job search process toward the public sector; implemented a School procedure for the nomination of students and graduates to the Presidential Management Fellow Program; provided information of U.S. job fairs (public employers); divulge information of summer internship, fellowships and job opportunities in Puerto Rico and United States.

We received on campus visits of several government agencies.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

None listed

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

None listed

Student Public Interest Groups

August 7, 2018