Law School Posts Record Alumni Participation in Giving Campaign

July 19, 2006

The University of Virginia School of Law closed 2005-2006 with more than 51 percent of its alumni contributing to annual giving, a record for the school and almost certainly the highest participation rate in the legal academy. The Law School also reported $4.2 million in unrestricted gifts and total gift revenue of $15.2 million.

"The participation rate represents historic levels of alumni loyalty," said Luis Alvarez, Jr., chief development officer of the Law School Foundation. "To our knowledge, no other law school has ever hit 50 percent. Clearly we are connecting with thousands of alumni in a compelling way."

"No other law school in America can claim such broad alumni support," said Dean John C. Jeffries, Jr. "Our graduates play an essential role in our success. Today, Virginia is financed much as a private law school. We rely primarily on tuition and secondarily, but crucially, on private giving. We think the devotion of our graduates speaks volumes about the quality of their experience here."

The $15.2 million in total gifts is the second highest in the Law School's history, behind only the 2001-2002 campaign, when the Law School received a bequest of $35 million from the late David A. Harrison III. That money was used to create the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professorships in Law.

The University of Virginia Law School Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that receives, administers, and manages private gifts from Law School graduates and friends.


Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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