Annual Giving: Every Dollar Counts

Every gift to the Law School Foundation, whether for unrestricted use, loan forgiveness, scholarship support, or any other purpose, will also count in the annual giving campaign. View the 2014-15 Annual Giving Campaign results.

Under a financial self-sufficiency arrangement with the University, the Law School retains 90 percent of the tuition dollars generated by Law School students. Ten percent is remitted to the University for overhead. Additionally, we reimburse the University for specific expenses incurred. This allows the Law School to chart its own course and obtain freedom from the uncertainty of the government budgeting process. It also means private support is more important than ever.

Celebrating 50 Years of Annual Giving

50 Years of Annual Giving In 1965 the Law School Foundation formally embarked on an Annual Giving Program to meet the needs of the Law School. The program was introduced to alumni September 9, 1965, in a letter from the Dean:

...There is also the need, felt in all leading law schools, to so organize alumni relations as to provide an “annual giving” program productive of expendable funds. In keeping with this need, we have divided the country into 14 regions, carefully selected on the basis of geography and alumni concentration....

“Excellence” is what we have had, what we need and what we insist upon. Now while “excellence” cannot be measured, it can be sensed. The “feeling” of excellence that animates an institution is not solely a matter of money, yet money makes it possible. As the logicians put it: “Money is not a sufficient condition, it is only a necessary one.” Furthermore, in this highly competitive world, to stand pat is to slip back. I do not hesitate to proclaim that had it not been for the help furnished by our alumni these past ten years, through the Law School Foundation, supplementing the help of the State, this Law School would have slipped back badly.

I am told that a fanatic is a man who redoubles his efforts after forgetting his aim. Well, we haven’t forgotten our aim: It is to build the best law school in the United States and to achieve not spotty excellence but total excellence — faculty, students, staff, library, law review, moot court, placement office, student activities, graduate work – up and down the line.

Now, some alumni may feel that since we are a “State” law school, there is no occasion for alumni support. The answer, as every alumnus knows, is that we are not only a state but a national law school —a point emphasized by Dean Lile many years ago and now deeply entrenched as part of our tradition and reputation. Furthermore, we are not talking about our basic “on going” expenses, such as faculty and administrative salaries and the maintenance of the library and the building. The State does its share in meeting these demands. We are talking about a unique kind of help — the kind that spells the difference between a merely good law school and a truly great one. We are talking about the marginal yet critical difference between potential mediocrity and sustained excellence. In short, we are talking about a Law School that welds together in vigorous partnership the students who pay tuition, the State which contributes tax money, and those of our alumni who wish the Law School to grow in stature and influence and whose loyalty is tangibly demonstrated.
                                                                          — Hardy Cross Dillard ’27

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