UVA Law School Completes Capital Campaign, Surpasses $150 Million Goal

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The University of Virginia School of Law raised $173.9 million as part of its eight-year capital campaign, exceeding its goal of $150 million.

July 16, 2012

The University of Virginia School of Law has concluded its eight-year capital campaign, raising $173.9 million to enhance the student experience. (End of Campaign Report)

The campaign, "The American Ideal in Legal Education," exceeded its goal of $150 million and focused on bolstering financial aid, curricular innovation and loan forgiveness for graduates who work in public service.

During the campaign, which ended June 30, alumni set new records for annual giving, with more than 50 percent of alumni donating in each of the past seven years. In the final year of the campaign, 8,669 graduates (52.75 percent of alumni) made gifts to the school for an annual fund total of $11.3 million. More than 71 percent of alumni made gifts as part of the campaign.

"This achievement is all the more satisfying because it comes in the face of economic headwinds that would have made our total unthinkable when we began," said Law School Dean Paul G. Mahoney. "The success of the campaign will enable us to continue to provide an unparalleled student experience. Funding for student aid and loan forgiveness will help control the cost of our students' legal education."

The campaign began in 2004 and stayed ahead of pace from start to finish. Donors established numerous scholarships, and professorships and lectureships that will help strengthen the faculty, Mahoney said. Capstone gifts included the Law Alumnae Scholarship, an endowment for the school's Law & Business Program, and funding for a state-of-the-art Student Services Center. (More)

"The power of the student experience at UVA Law, the commitment to teaching excellence, the culture of civility and citizenship — all of this makes Virginia unique in the legal academy and a treasure to the profession," said campaign co-chair David L. Mulliken '75.

"This campaign marked the moment when Virginia came to define excellence in legal education," added campaign co-chair Edward "Ned" J. Kelly III '81.

The Law School relies on tuition and private support to fund its operations, as it does not receive state appropriations.


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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