Puerto Rico law students coming to finish their studies

Posted at 5:43 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 17:43:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- The devastation inflicted across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has created need in almost every area of daily life. With power, water, transportation and communication systems all expected to be disrupted for months to come, schools are struggling to recover. The Dean of the College Law at Florida State University, Erin O'Connor, figured out the best way to help in the area she knows best, law school.

Students and faculty of the FSU law school will greet ten 2nd and 3rd year law students when they arrive from Puerto Rico on Monday. These students will be given classes and housing at no cost and will be able to finish out the semester here in Tallahassee.  

Dean O'Connor had difficulty reaching her counterpart in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria where lines of communication are almost non-existent, but she made contact with a third party who helped the arrangements come together.

The students from Puerto Rico will each be assigned a student mentor and a local lawyer to help make the adjustment as smooth as possible. Law school is challenging enough and these students are uprooting their lives to continue their studies.