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!