For a record 13th year in a row, more than half of University of Virginia School of Law alumni made a gift to the school.

The Law School Foundation finished its 2017-18 annual giving campaign June 30 with a 51.4 percent alumni participation rate. A total of 8,926 alumni gave.

“We’re incredibly thankful to our generous alumni,” Dean Risa Goluboff said. “Year after year, they give as a tribute to the experience they had here as students and because they appreciate the value of what they learned and want to pass it on to future generations. Thanks to their contributions, they will ensure that our students continue to enjoy an unparalleled legal education and professional opportunities.”

Annual giving and the endowment are major sources of financial aid and loan forgiveness for students entering public service, as well as for clinics, research initiatives, professorships and numerous other programs.

Luis Alvarez Jr. ’88, president and chief executive officer of the Law School Foundation, said he was humbled by the ongoing effort of volunteers across the country who help with the campaign.

“Our volunteers are tireless,” he said. “We’re so appreciative of their efforts and the graduates who recognize the importance of giving back.”

The school collected $13.5 million in total gifts and $4.8 million in unrestricted gifts, from a total of 10,182 donors.

UVA Law was established in 1819 as one of the original schools of the University of Virginia and is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation.

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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