million total sets record among U.S. law schools
U.Va. Law School campaign far surpasses original goal -- and all
dean of U.Va.'s School
of Law, Robert E. Scott, announced the close of the school's
seven-year campaign earlier this week, after raising a record-setting
$202 million. That number far exceeds the campaign's original
$50 million goal, and places U.Va. at the top of law school fund-raising
thought it was a far-reaching goal at the time, but it quickly
became evident that we would surpass it," Scott said. "We next
raised the goal to $75 million, then in 1998 we passed $100 million.
At that point we stopped chasing our goal and realized we were
chasing peer schools. Other great law schools have raised significant
sums, but none has crossed the $200 million threshold."
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, New York University's
law school set the previous record in 1998 with a campaign total
of $185 million.
said he is especially grateful to the Law School's alumni for
their loyal support, which he credited with helping the school
stretch beyond its earlier expectations. Seventy percent of U.Va.'s
nearly 13,000 law alumni participated in the campaign.
Scott and his faculty are to be congratulated for this extraordinary
achievement," said University President John T. Casteen III. "Their
dedication and the generosity of their loyal alumni during the
campaign have brought in resources that will help transform what
was already a great law school into a national powerhouse."
The campaign began with Scott spearheading the most ambitious
capital improvement project in the school's history, a $30 million
renovation that was the result of the generosity of numerous school
donors, including Law School alumnus David A. Harrison III, one
of the campaign's most committed participants and for whom the
law grounds are now named. The final capital project of the Law
School campaign, a $5 million student-faculty center, will be
completed within the next two years.
addition to expanding the school's buildings and grounds, the
campaign has had a significant impact on academic areas, including
the establishment of 18 faculty professorships and 34 student
scholarships, as well as the creation of public service fellowships
and a loan assistance program for graduates seeking public service
campaign also has enabled Scott and his faculty to introduce a
number of innovative programs. The "Ethical Values"
seminars, taught in faculty homes, provide insights into the moral
and ethical responsibilities of the lawyer as public citizen --
one of the main tenets of studying law at Thomas Jefferson's university.
The Principles & Practice Program, the first of its kind in the
country, teams law professors with practitioners and judges in
the classroom for a semester of applying legal theory to real-life
U.Va. Law School, consistently ranked among the top 10 law schools,
is known for its intellectual rigor, dynamic teaching and rich
diversity of courses. The school fosters creative scholarship
in all aspects of law, promoting a greater understanding of the
law's ever-evolving role in contemporary society.