million total sets record among U.S. law schools
U.Va. Law School
Campaign Far Surpasses Original Goal And All Expectations
14, 2001-- The
dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, Robert E. Scott,
today announced the close of the schools seven-year fund-raising
campaign with a record-setting $202 million. That number, which
far exceeds the campaigns original $50 million goal, places
the U.Va. Law School at the top of law school fund-raising efforts
"We 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 Universitys law school set
the previous record in 1998 with a campaign total of $185 million.
Scott said he is especially
grateful to the Law Schools alumni for their loyal support,
which he credited with helping the school stretch beyond its earlier
expectations. Seventy percent of U.Va.s nearly13,000 law alumni
participated in the campaign.
"Bob 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 is 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 campaigns 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.
In addition to expanding the
schools 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 careers.
The 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 situations.
The 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 laws ever-evolving role in contemporary
The University-wide Campaign
also reached its official conclusion at the end of the year, exceeding
its initial $750 million goal. As of December 2000, the Universitys
campaign total was reported at more than $1.3 billion, although
final totals are not yet available.
Contact: Carol Wood, (804) 924-6189