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ABA legal ed section finds Puerto Rico law school back in compliance with accreditation standard

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The University of Puerto Rico. Photo by y Ashig84, via Wikimedia Commons.

The University of Puerto Rico School of Law has taken “concrete steps” to demonstrate compliance with an accreditation standard regarding academic support, according to a decision recently posted online by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

The section’s council considered the matter when it met in February, according to the decision. The law school was found to be out of compliance with Standard 309(b) this past fall, one year after two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit Puerto Rico in 2017.

“Our institution has faced challenging times, but we were confident on this positive outcome. Further, the council’s decision represents for us a vote of confidence in the law school as a premier legal education institution in the island with a key role in Puerto Rico’s future,” said Vivian I. Neptune Rivera, the school’s dean, in a statement.

Following the hurricanes, the law school worked with the legal ed section and five mainland law schools to develop a limited course load of seven credits for students, which were offered free of charge.

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