Our students

On August 3rd, 2015, Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law welcomed its first class of students to its new Juris Doctor program in English.  Students from California, Florida, Connecticut, New York and Maine, among other states, have moved to Puerto Rico to study the U.S. Common Law.  Students from Puerto Rico who, because of their background, feel more comfortable studying in the English language, have also enrolled in the new program.  After completing their studies, they will be able to take the bar exam in any State or territory of the United States.

The main aim of the program is to increase diversity in the legal profession in the United States, particularly after affirmative action programs have been put into question by opinions such as Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, issued by the Supreme Court of the United States in April of 2014.

When asked about their motivation for studying law at Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law, students responded:

"I am the only student in my J.D. English program from Los Angeles. As one of the few persons of Puerto Rican descent in my neighborhood in Los Angeles, going to law school at La Inter allowed me to reconnect with my roots. Further, studying at La Inter has allowed me to fuse this personal goal with my professional one of becoming an attorney."

-Andrew Brendon Ojeda Morales

“I chose Inter Law School and its JD Program in English because it is a historical movement for the future education of law students that study here in Puerto Rico and head out towards the US, and brings international students from all over to the island…“

-Herson Guerrero

“The ABA approved J.D.in English program will pave the academic path for students like myself who now have an opportunity that competes with any law school in the continental United States. I am very honored, privileged, and grateful to…all our fine professors for this historical breakthrough in Puerto Rican academics. I recommend this world-class program to anyone…”

-Marvin L. Martínez

“Choosing Inter American Law School came after consideration regarding where I want to be and who I want to help. I like the variety of opportunities available to develop your particular interest in the law, as there is always something to do and learn. The world is changing and it is good to have visionaries that are responding to society’s current needs for access to justice.”

-Sheily Virella

“My adventures in life have led me to Puerto Rico. I moved here about a year and a half ago and I plan to stay. I have always wanted to study law. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico did not have a law school to accommodate my lack of knowledge and practice of the Spanish language. Now that Interamericana School of Law in San Juan, Puerto Rico has an ABA approved law program in English, I have the opportunity to fulfill my wishes of becoming a lawyer and I can aspire to become the person I want to be. The students and faculty are welcoming, the education is affordable, plus we live in the Caribbean.”

-James Beckwith

“The students and faculty at the Inter American Law School have truly welcomed our program with open arms. This has made the transition into Law school much more comforting and enjoyable. I am grateful for this opportunity.”

-Tavi Dressler

“This program is the challenge I've waited for all of my life. The Inter American University School of Law has offered me the opportunity to study law on the island of my parent's birth and in my first language of English! I will be educated and trained to stand for the "Bar Exam" in the state of my preference. I'm so grateful that IAUPR has this incredible idea!!!”

-Vivian Rodríguez

“When you ask why would an international ballerina who graduated from University of Michigan at the top of her class decide to go to law school in Puerto Rico, the answer is a simple one, passion for her people. Growing up with Puerto Rican blood running through my veins in New York without full knowledge of what it means to be Puerto Rican left a void in my life that is being filled by the Inter American Law School. The professors and fellow students could not have been anything further from the cutthroat environment that engulfs many stateside schools. I have been touched by the professors and embrace of the students in just my first year. The Inter American Law School permits me to grow as a law student and to gain my Latina voice.” 

-Samantha Parisi-Esteves

With this program Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law places itself at the forefront of legal education in the United States and Puerto Rico.  For more information about the program, please contact Myrta Morales-Cruz, coordinator of the Juris Doctor program in English at mmorales@juris.inter.edu