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Directory of Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs

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/

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Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Wanda Perez
Director of Admissions
wperez@law.upr.edu

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Category Type

Public Service Graduation Requirement Program

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Description of Program

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.

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Location of Program

It is located in the Students Affairs Office

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Staffing/Management/Oversight

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Funding

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

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Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

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Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

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

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Awards/Recognition

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

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Community Service

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Law School Public Interest Programs

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Contact Information

Rosa I. Collazo
Career Development Director
rcollazo@law.upr.edu
(787) 999-9610

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Certificate/Curriculum Programs

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Public Interest Centers

Enlace Program

Law and Development

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Public Interest Clinics

Civil Law Clinic

Gay Lesbian Rights

Inmigration Clinic

Mediation

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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.

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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.

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Public Interest Journals

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Public Interest Career Assistance

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.

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Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

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Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

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Graduate Student Funded:

Other Funding Sources:

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Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

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Summer Fellowships

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Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

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Student Public Interest Groups

Updated: 6/5/2007

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