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University of Puerto Rico
Dates to Remember

Exchange Dates to Remember

2019-20 Applications

Applications Due: February 19, 2020
Interviews: February 25 – March 1
Decisions: March 5, 2020


The University of Puerto Rico is the primary university on the island of Puerto Rico, with 11 campuses, a student population of 58,000 and 5,300 faculty members. The university is ranked among the top 20 in Latin America and is an excellent choice for students with an interest in working with Latin American countries and strengthening their Spanish language skills.

The University of Puerto Rico School of Law is located on the Rio Piedras Campus, which is a section of the capital city of San Juan. The law school is more than 100 years old and has more than 700 students and 123 faculty. The UPR School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. It is well positioned to serve as a bridge between Latin and Anglo cultures, as well as both civil and common law practices.

Language Requirements

Most courses are taught in Spanish. Students may be allowed to complete any final assignments in English. Students should feel comfortable participating in class in Spanish.


Each year the International Programs department and the Office of Financial Aid work together to create an appropriate semester or year budget for the exchange program. This budget is based on the UConn Law rate of tuition plus the living costs associated with the program. 

Term of Schedule

Fall semester

Late August to early December

Winter Session

Mid-January.  Students may choose to attend a full semester or the winter session only.

Spring Session

Late January to May

Full Year

Late August to May

Students interested in attending UPR School of Law for the winter session, should reach out to the Director of Graduate and Exchange Programs This program offers a diverse array of course offerings taught by UPR School of Law professors and by visiting professors from all over the world.

Program of Study

The University of Puerto Rico School of Law recognizes that the complex global environment requires lawyers to be able to perform in a variety of markets and fields. It offers a broad and flexible curriculum to provide that type of educational opportunity. The LLM program includes electives in areas of civil rights, technology, feminism, business, international relations and comparative law.


The Culture

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory in the northeastern Caribbean, approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, comprising the main island of Puerto Rico and a group of smaller islands. The University of Puerto Rico School of Law is situated on the university's main campus in Rio Piedras, a district of the capital city of San Juan on the northeast coast of the main island.

Puerto Rico has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 82.4 degrees (28 degrees C) and an annual rainfall of 66 inches. The rainy season lasts from April to November and the territory periodically experiences tropical storms and hurricanes. The main island, which measure about 100 miles wide and 35 miles across, has a mountainous interior with wide coastal plains on its north and south sides.

The territory has a population of approximately 3.5 million people. It was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century and became a territory of the United States after the Spanish-American War in 1898. People born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens who elect their own governor and operate under a local constitution. They do not, however, have voting members in the U.S. Congress, which is a subject of ongoing debate.

Visitors to Puerto Rico enjoy a variety of activities throughout the island, including:

  • tropical beaches,
  • the 500-year-old walled city of Old San Juan,
  • museums and historic forts,
  • the El Yunque rain forest,
  • bioluminescent waters,
  • water sports and zip lines, and
  • a vibrant cuisine with Caribbean, Latin and Spanish influences.

The University of Puerto Rico School of Law offers exchange students, visiting professors and others lodging in shared, furnished apartments in the International House Turabo, but students may prefer to find their own housing.

Support in Host Country


Prof. Rebecca Paez Rodriguez

Escuela de Derecho
Universidad de Puerto Rico
PO Box 23349
San Juan, PR 00931-3349
Tel (787) 999-9613
Contact in host country:


Prof. Ivette González Buitrago, JD, LLM
Decana Auxiliar
Escuela de Derecho
Universidad de Puerto Rico
PO Box 23349
San Juan, PR 00931-3349
Tel (787) 999-9561 
     (787) 999-9559
Fax (787) 999-9564

Contact in host country:


International Law Program:

University of Puerto Rico Law School Web Site: