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9 law students from Puerto Rico arrive on LI to continue their education after Maria

Hurricane-affected islanders are participating in 8-week program at Touro Law School

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CENTRAL ISLIP — Many students from Puerto Rico have come to our area following the devastation from Hurricane Maria. And some who are in law school are giving high marks to the only law school in Suffolk County.

This week, at the Touro Law School, nine smiling students arrived on campus to continue their education after their campus in the island was devastated by the hurricane.

Second-year law student Johanna Poremba helps out at the Dean's office where she met some of the students, as they posed for pictures with the school dean on orientation day. The students are being offered housing and on Tuesday, they started classes by participating in a special eight-week program that has been created with credits that can transfer back to the University of Puerto Rico's law school when it's ready to re-open.

"I think it's great. I think Tuoro is always so accommodating to students’ needs. They always want to give back and help students however they can," says Johanna Poremba of Hampton Bays.

The students are all second and third year law students and many are from San Juan, but some are from remote towns where the relief effort has been slow.

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