Applicants for admission to the Juris Doctor program should submit an application form supplied by
the Admissions Office, email@example.com Candidates must satisfy admission
requirements based on the following quantitative standards:
a. 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.
b. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
c. Be registered in the CREDENTIAL ASSEMBLY SERVICE (CAS)
d. Submit any other document regarding the applicant's good conduct, health and good standing for
“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.
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
(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.
The Rule 4.2.1 about applicants who have pursued studies in foreign countries establishes 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 http://www.ramajudicial.pr/junta/ and in the Rules for the Admission of Applicants to the Practice of Law and the Notarial Profession, http://www.ramajudicial.pr/junta/acrobat/Rules-for-the-admission-of-applicants.pdf.
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: http://www.ncbex.org/character-and-fitness. For more information you can consult the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, published by the American Bar Association (ABA) at the following address:
http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/bar_admissions.html, and Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar: