Annual Giving Campaign Brings in Third-Highest Total in School’s History

UVA Law School

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July 21, 2021

The University of Virginia Law School Foundation received gifts totaling $21.9 million in the annual giving campaign that ended June 30 — the third-highest amount in the history of the foundation.  

More than 47% of alumni gave to the effort, with 8,369 alumni and 9,522 donors giving overall. The number of alumni donors and the alumni participation rate increased over last year. 

“These results are a tribute to our alumni and friends, who renewed their support despite the pandemic,” said Luis Alvarez Jr. ’88, president and CEO of the Law School Foundation. “Our alumni volunteers carried the day, personalizing every touch and communication and reminding our donors what they cherish about the Law School.”

The school has now raised $315 million of its $400 million capital campaign goal, part of the University’s $5 billion Honor the Future campaign. The campaign launched in 2019 to commemorate the bicentennial of the University as well as the Law School, and will conclude in 2025. To date, almost 70% of alumni have made a gift or pledge in the capital campaign, and donors have also unlocked $26.1 million in University matching funds for Law School scholarships and professorships.

“UVA Law is known for its community and collegiality. The strength of the relationships established during law school last far beyond graduation, as our alumni stay connected both to each other and to our current students,” Dean Risa Goluboff said. “We are so thankful to our alumni for continuing to believe in our mission of educating the next generation of leaders in law.” 

Annual giving and endowment are major sources of funding for scholarships, public service loan forgiveness, clinics, research initiatives, professorships and numerous other programs. The Law School Foundation was established in 1952 to raise, manage, and administer private funds for the benefit of the Law School.


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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