Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law

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PUCPR School of Law
School typePrivate
DeanJose Frontera
LocationPonce, Puerto Rico
Bar pass rate39.74%[2]
ABA profileABA 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]


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 13 April 1964. The American Bar Association granted provisional accreditation on 13 April 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.[citation needed]

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 Fernando Moreno Orama.[citation needed]

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
Employed - J.D. Advantage
Employed - Professional Position
Employed - Non-Professional Position
Employed - Undeterminable
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
Unemployed - Not Seeking
Unemployed - Seeking
Employment Status Unknown
Total of 240 Graduates

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://officialguide.lsac.org/SearchResults/SchoolPage_PDFs/ABA_LawSchoolData/ABA0910.pdf
  2. ^ "PUCPR School of Law ABA Guide" (PDF).
  3. ^ StateUniversity.com Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
  4. ^ Celebran conferencia histórica en PUCPR. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Omar Carmona-Sánchez. Pontifdical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
  7. ^ "Employment Statistics".
  8. ^ "Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Profile".
  9. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates".

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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