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Juris Doctor Curriculum

1st Year

First Semester Courses Credits
Introduction to Law 3
Research, Analysis & Writing I 3
Criminal Law 3
Family Law 4
Torts 3
16

 

 Second Semester Courses Credits
Legal Research, Analysis & Writing II 3
Civil Procedure 4
Property 4
Constitutional Law I 3
14

 

2nd Year

 First Semester Courses Credits
Constitutional Law II 3
Obligation & Contracts 4
Criminal Procedure 4
Electives 4
15

 

 Second Semester Courses Credits
Administrative Law 3
Inheritance Law 3
Evidence 4
Electives 5
15

3rd Year

 First Semester Courses Credits
Property Registry 4
Theory, Doctrine & Litigation Practice 3
History of Law 2
Electives 7
16

 

 Second Semester Courses Credits
Ethics 2
Electives 14
 16

 

1st Year

First Semester Courses Credits
Introduction to Law 3
Legal Research, Analysis & Writing I 3
Criminal Law 3
Torts 3
12

 

 Second Semester Courses Credits
Research, Analysis & Writing II 3
Family Law 4
Civil Procedure 4
11

 

2nd Year

 First Semester Courses Credits
Property 4
Criminal Procedure 4
Constitutional Law I 3
11

 

 Second Semester Courses Credits
Obligations & Contracts 4
Evidence 4
Constitutional Law II 3
11

3rd Year

 First Semester Courses Credits
Inheritance Law 3
Administrative Law 3
Electives 2
12

 Second Semester Courses Credits
Property Registry 4
Theory, Doctrine & Litigation Practice 3
History of Law 2
Electives 3
12

4th Year

 First Semester Courses Credits
Ethics 2
Eletives 10
12

 Second Semester Courses Credits
Electives 11
11

Admission

Applicants for admission to the Juris Doctor program should complete the admission application through www.lsac.org; send a $63.00 application fee and official university transcripts to the Law School and the LSAC. Submit any other document regarding applicant’s good conduct and good standing for legal education. Candidates must satisfy admission requirements based on the following quantitative standards:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent, as certified by the
    Vice President for Academic Affairs of Inter American University.
  2. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  3. Be registered in the CREDENTIAL ASSEMBLY SERVICE (CAS).

    Law School Admission Council
Box 2000 Newton, PA 181940-0998
Tel. (215) 968-1001; 968-1015
www.lsac.org

 For more information about, please contact us at: admisiones@juris.inter.edu.

MEDIAN

For the academic year 2016-2017 the median scores of admitted students were:

  1. LSAT 141
  2. GPA 3.33

SEAT RESERVATION AND PREPARATORY COURSE

All admitted applicants will have to pay the seat reservation and the preparatory course within the time you are instructed in the admission letter. The cost for seat reservation is $125.00 and$485.00 for the payment of the preparatory course (non-refundable).
“Qualifications for Admission to the Bar”

The Standard 504 (a) of the Standards of Accreditation of the American Bar Association provides that applicants to Law Schools and Law students should know the following requirements for admission to the practice of the legal profession:

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico there are several requirements, including good moral character, to be admitted to practice Law. Specifically Rule 4.1.1. Rule 4.1 – Requirements for the Practice of Law provides that:

Rule 4.1.1 Any person seeking admission to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico shall comply with the following requirements:

(a) be over 21 years of age;
(b) have studied Law and obtained the corresponding law degree from a Law School
accredited by the American Bar Association or by the Court;
(c) be of good moral character;
(d) pass a General Bar Examination prepared, administered, and evaluated by the
Board; and
(e) have obtained, before being admitted to a Law School, a baccalaureate degree, if the
applicant has graduated from an institution in the United States or Puerto Rico.
In all other cases, the applicant must have completed an equivalent university
curriculum that meets the standards set by the Council on Higher Education or that
has been approved by the Court regarding the minimum academic background
required for admission to a Law School in Puerto Rico.

Rule 4.2.1 about applicants who have pursued studies in foreign countries establishes that they must comply with subsections (a)(c)(d), and (e) of Rule 4.1.1, validate his or her studies, and obtain a law degree from a Law School approved by the American Bar Association and by the Court (Puerto Rico Supreme Court).  After validating his or her studies and obtaining a law degree from a Law School that meets accreditation requirements, the applicant who has pursued studies in a foreign university must present evidence of such studies to the Board along with his or her application for admission to the examination.

Rule 12 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico establishes that all applicants seeking admission to the practice of Law who pass the bar examinations must appear before the Committee on Character of Applicants for Admission to the Bar.  Once the applicant meets the requirements established by the Committee and approved by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, and after receiving a certificate of good character from said Committee, the applicant must take the pertinent oath before the Puerto Rico Supreme Court en banc, or before any of its divisions or of its Justices. The Committee on Character of Applicants for Admission to the Bar. will also examine any matter submitted by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court concerning an attorney’s readmission to the legal profession.

Applicants are also advised that if they have any doubt as to whether they meet any of the mentioned requirements, they can seek information and guidance.  You can find more information on the requirements for the practice of Law in Puerto Rico, on the website of the Board of Bar Examiners and in the Rules for the Admission of Applicants to the Practice of Law and the Notarial Profession

OTHER US JURISDICTIONS

Applicants interested in practicing the legal profession in a jurisdiction other than Puerto Rico, are encouraged to become informed on the requirements for admission to the legal profession in any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  For more information you can consult theComprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, published by the American Bar Association (ABA) and Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

 

Dear future law student:

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law launched a unique program during the Fall of 2015 : a Juris Doctor taught in the English language geared towards enhancing inclusion and diversity in legal education and within the legal profession. The lack of diversity in legal education in the United States has had a negative impact not only for students from minority groups who are excluded from joining the legal profession. It has also affected “access to justice” in a myriad of ways due to the fact that their perspectives and life experiences are not adequately represented in Law.

The program will be tailored to students from diverse backgrounds, particularly to Latinos and Latinas. Students will receive particularized attention in small classes combining doctrinal and clinical courses to address some of the challenges facing the legal profession today. Emphasis will be given to preparing students in acquiring the theoretical and practical skills needed in order to address some of challenges that the legal profession currently faces in the United States.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law has an innovative pedagogical approach in line with the most recent recommendations by the American Bar Association and the Carnegie Foundation regarding the inclusion of experiential learning approaches within legal education. It is part of a century old, island-wide, university. Its low cost, compared to that of the majority of the law schools in the United States, makes it an attractive option.

Inter American University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Most of its faculty members hold an advanced or doctoral degree in law, from prestigious universities in the United States and around the world, such as Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, N.Y.U., Chicago, Berkeley, Georgetown, U. Penn., Purdue, Tulane, L.S.E., Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad del País Vasco, and the University of Stockholm, among many others. Our alumni have pursued post J.D. studies in the best schools of law and occupy important positions in Puerto Rico and the continental United States.

The School offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to participate in clinical tutorials, internships, national and international moot court competitions and international exchange programs, in keeping with its tradition of privileging experiential learning and offering opportunities to explore cultural diversity.

Last but not least important, students will have the opportunity to enjoy everything that the Caribbean has to offer in the capital of an island blending the African, Taíno and Spanish heritages in a friendly, warm and inclusive atmosphere.

Come, join us, and be a part of history. ¡Te esperamos!

 

Información de Contacto
Admissions Office