The University of Virginia School of Law’s foundation received a total of $23.6 million in gifts — the second-highest amount in school history — during the 2018-19 annual giving campaign.

During the campaign, which finished June 30, more than half of alumni gave for the 14th consecutive year. A total of 8,871, or 50.8%, of graduates gave.

“Our alumni are remarkably generous and loyal,” Dean Risa Goluboff said. “Their gifts not only reflect gratitude for their own experiences at the Law School, but their interest in supporting future graduates for years to come. We are dedicated to strengthening a 200-year legacy of educational excellence, and we are so grateful to our alumni for carrying that same spirit forward for the next 200 years.”

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

This year the gifts also unlocked an additional $4 million from the University’s Bicentennial Scholars and Bicentennial Professors funds, as well as others, which matched gifts for scholarships and professorships.

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

“Our alumni come through year after year,” he said. “We’re so thankful to our volunteers and all the graduates who realize how important it is to give back.”

The school also raised $4.9 million in unrestricted gifts from a total of 10,161 donors.

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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