Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law

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PUCPR School of Law
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Established 1961
School type Private
Dean Jose Frontera
Location Ponce, Puerto Rico
Enrollment 584[1]
Faculty 60
Bar pass rate 39.74%[2]
Website www.pucpr.edu/derecho
ABA profile PCUPR Law School Profile

The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law is settled in an area of 124 acres (0.50 km2) in the City of Ponce, Puerto Rico on the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico main campus. It was established in 1961.[3][4]

History[edit]

It was the first private law school established in Puerto Rico. The law school is located in the Spellman Building and was founded in 1961 by Monsignor Fremiot Torres Oliver. The law school received the accreditation from the Puerto Rico Superior Education Council of Puerto Rico on April 13, 1964. The American Bar Association granted provisional accreditation on April 13, 1967, and final accreditation on August 1972. The Law School offers the course of study leading to the J.D. degree through a three year full-time day and a four year part-time evening programs. The law school admits students for its fall (August) and spring (January) sessions. It offers two Joint Degree Programs, the J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./M.P.A. with the University graduate programs.[5]

PUCPR School of Law in Ponce, Puerto Rico

The School of Law houses a major research library with a collection of about 207,095 volumes and extensive computer-assisted research capabilities including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, and MICROJURIS.COM with wireless access to the Internet from anywhere in the law school campus. It is the home of the Revista de Derecho Puertorriqueno which is a student and faculty edited law review published since 1961. The School of Law is noted for its Legal Service Clinic and Externship programs that offer to its students the opportunity to serve the community and the poor in need of legal services. The Legal Clinic and Externship programs provide an excellent opportunity for training our students in advocacy, administrative and judicial proceedings both at the local as well as the federal level.[6]

Students at the School of Law enjoy all of the resources of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. The University offers an array of physical activities including fitness classes; weight training; jogging track; basketball and outdoor pool. It also benefits from its location in the City of Ponce, Puerto Rico home of magnificent museums, churches, theaters and cultural attractions.

The law school has the most active national law student organizations in Puerto Rico,[citation needed] with local chapters of The Federalist Society, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the American Association of Trial Lawyers.

The Dean is José A. Frontera Agenjo and the Associate Dean is René A. Javier Oronoz.

Post-graduation employment[edit]

According to the Pontifical Catholic University's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 4.17% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[7] The Pontifical Catholic University's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 49.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation, and an unknown score of 32.5%, indicated the percentage of graduates whose employment status was not known.[8]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates[9]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
15.83%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
5.42%
Employed - Professional Position
  
13.75%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
1.67%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
1.67%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
1.25%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
0.42%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
27.5%
Employment Status Unknown
  
32.5%
Total of 240 Graduates

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Rafael Hernández Colón - Former Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Pedro Ortiz Alvarez - Alumni, Former Secretary of Consumer Affairs, former legal counsel to former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
  • Héctor Luis Acevedo- Former Secretary of State and Mayor of San Juan
  • Javier Echevarria Vargas- Alumni and former Secretary of Consumer Affairs
  • Jose Alberto Morales - Alumni, former Dean, former President of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and former candidate for mayor of Ponce.
  • Ivan Ayala Cadiz- Alumni, former Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Superior Court Judge
  • Charles Cuprill Oppenheimer - Past Rotary District Governor, Retired Mayor General, Puerto Rico National Guard. Served 3 times as Dean of the Law School. One of the Founders of Ponce School of Medicine. Two time president of Phi Sigma Alpha and "Hermano Emeritus" Medal holder of the Fraternity.
  • Hector R. Cuprill - Alumni, former Chairman Ponce Municipal Legislature, former member Ponce School of Medicine Board of Trustees. Founder and faculty advisor of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity - Torruella Chapter, the Federal Bar Student Chapter (first nationwide) and the Federalist Society - Charles Cuprill Chapter (first in PR).

Notable alumni[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

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Coordinates: 18°00′09.45″N 66°36′57.28″W / 18.0026250°N 66.6159111°W / 18.0026250; -66.6159111