Facultad de Derecho Eugenio Maria de Hostos

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The Facultad de Derecho Eugenio Maria de Hostos (English: Eugenio María de Hostos School of Law) was a law school located in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. The School was founded by Fernando Bayrón, Juan Mari Brás and Carlos Rivera Lugo in 1995. [1] The institution lost its ABA accreditation, and then the Puerto Rico Supreme Court also withdrew the accreditation due to school's economical difficulties. Has been closed since 2013, when the last commencement ceremony had only eight graduates. The Eugenio Maria de Hostos Law School (or, Hostos Law School, for short) aspired to achieve the development of a legal professional also responsive to the needs of his or her communities and who would embraced the Hostos educational philosophy.[2]


The permanent seat of the Eugenio Maria de Hostos School of Law was in the building formerly known as Luis Muñoz Rivera elementary public school. The building was built in 1924, being the Mayor of the city of Mayagüez, the Honorable Juan Rullan Rivera.[3] The site where the Law School was used to be the Municipal Slaughterhouse during the early 19th century. For this reason the current street of the school, Georgina Morales, was known as "La Calle de la Carniceria" or slaughterhouse street. By 1848, the municipal prison building was built which gave its name to the Barrio where today the Eugenio María de Hostos School of Law was located.[3]

The building was designed by Rafael Carmoega whose other works include the Capitol of Puerto Rico, the School of Tropical Medicine (Escuela de Medicina Tropical), the old Casino de Puerto Rico, and the first buildings of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.[3] The architectural style of the building is mostly modernist, with elegant, although reserved, neoclassical accents including its access facade that is a Doric order of columns.[3]

The public elementary school (which was located where the law school opened) closed down in 1985. The remodeling design of the building was the work of Architect Juan Manuel Moscoso. The property was restored and rehabilitated to house the law school by the Mayagüez Municipal Government during the years 1997 to 1999, under the incumbency of Mayor José Guillermo Rodríguez. The permanent seat of the school of law was inaugurated on May 7, 1999.[3]


Eugenio Maria de Hostos Law School students were winners of the 2011 Puerto Rico-wide Law School Students Competition Contest. The competition included students from all law schools in Puerto Rico, and measured legal knowledge matter.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.hostos.edu/
  2. ^ http://www.hostos.edu
  3. ^ a b c d e "Facultad de Derecho Eugenio María de Hostos" (in Spanish). Mayagüez sabe a mango. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Estudiantes de derecho de la Eugenio María de Hostos ganan competencia. El Sur a la Vista. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.

Coordinates: 18°11′59.18″N 67°08′22.16″W / 18.1997722°N 67.1394889°W / 18.1997722; -67.1394889

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