Why should I give?
One of the most salient needs of the law school is to provide student financial aid, which is one of the reasons why your giving is so important. This year, students are paying over $45,000 for in-state tuition, and scholarship support is more important than ever. In the last several years, our tuition costs have increased dramatically, at the same time that the state of California has slashed our funding. Helping to make an excellent legal education available to all of our students, regardless of financial background, is one way to express your thanks for the affordability of your own law degree.
The number of alumni participating in giving also affects our national rankings. Each year, your gifts help to increase our position in the national law school rankings – and in doing so, maintain the value of your law degree. Your gift counts!
Among top-tier law schools, UCLA Law has the smallest endowment and the fewest endowed chairs. We do great work, but in order to compete with our peer institutions for the best faculty and students and ensure that we maintain and build on our excellence far into the future, we must grow our endowment.
What counts as a reunion gift?
Any gift to the law school made between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 counts toward your Reunion Challenge Class Gift – this includes the UCLA Law Fund, Law Firm Challenge, Dean’s Circle (gifts of $2,500 and above), UCLA Law Endowment, scholarships and programs. Matching gifts, pledges and pledge payments, and planned gifts, all count as well.
Only gifts to the law school count in participation and giving totals (i.e., gifts to the College or other university areas do not count).
Do gifts at any level matter?
Yes! Every dollar and every donor count. Participation in giving is a benchmark of alumni satisfaction and affects our national standing among law schools.
Can I make my reunion gift as a pledge?
Yes! Gifts can be paid over as many as five years, and the entire amount will count in your class’ reunion gift total. Multi-year pledges allow UCLA Law to plan on your sustained support and offer you a way to make a lasting impact here at the law school. You can make a pledge by clicking here. Or, if you’d like to mail in your pledge, you can click here to download a pledge form and mail it in. If you have questions about making a multi-year pledge, please contact Donna Colin at (310) 205-3025.
I’d like to make my gift now – how do I do it?
Online: Click here for more information or to make a gift online.
Mail: To make a gift by check, please make it payable to UCLA Foundation , and mail it to:
UCLA School of Law
Office of External Affairs
Los Angeles, CA 90095
If your contribution is a memorial gift, please send a brief letter with your check or simply note on the memo line the name of the person you are honoring or remembering.
Wait – I still have questions!
If you have questions about reunion giving, please contact Donna Colin, Director of Major Gifts, at (310) 205-3025 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about Reunion Weekend, please contact Kristine Werlinich, Director of Alumni Relations, at (310) 206-1766 or email@example.com.
Thank you to those of you who have already made your reunion gift. Your support of UCLA Law is tremendously appreciated – it truly makes a difference to what we are able to accomplish. We hope that those who have not yet made a reunion commitment will consider doing so.