Ways to Give
Each year, thousands of alumni, friends, law firms and companies throughout the world make a gift to Vanderbilt Law School. Please read below and visit the following links to learn about the many ways you can show your support and get involved with one of the nation's finest law schools.
The Vanderbilt Law School Annual Fund represents the steady stream of unrestricted gifts from alumni and friends each year. This annual support helps bridge the gap between student tuition and the actual operating costs, allowing the law school to recruit and retain high—quality faculty and provide financial assistance to deserving students. Gifts to the Annual Fund are available for immediate use, giving Dean Chris Guthrie the flexibility to meet the school's most pressing needs.
Financial aid is often the single deciding factor in whether a student chooses Vanderbilt Law School over another institution. Among the nation's top 20 law schools, Vanderbilt ranks 15th in the amount of scholarship money it offers per student. While 85% of law school students receive financial aid from Vanderbilt, most of that aid comes in the form of loans to be repaid after graduation. The law school needs additional scholarships to continue to attract talented students to Vanderbilt and ensure that graduates are free to pursue meaningful work in the private or public sector.
The Vanderbilt law faculty's outstanding scholarship commands attention nationally and internationally. Yet, on any given day, the vast majority of the law school’s faculty can be found in their offices and classrooms, available to students and energetically involved in the life of the school. To retain such exceptional professors—and to attract talented new faculty—the ability to offer endowed chair places the law school at a decided advantage. The recognition and honor an endowed chair confers upon the faculty member holding it are vital incentives in a dynamic market where the best faculty are in great demand.
Naming a Room
Many areas of the law school building are still available for naming. By naming a room or other area, you can assure that your legacy, or that of a loved one, will live on for years to come. Naming opportunities exist for a wide variety of giving levels.
Other Restricted Gifts
At times, the law school embarks on a special project that requires the financial support of our alumni and friends. In addition, the law school maintains many special funds to meet specific needs. Restricted gifts help support endeavors such as faculty research, term scholarships, the moot court program, public interest stipends and the legal clinic. You are always welcome to designate your contribution as you choose. If you would like to restrict your gift, please include a note to that effect when making the donation.
For more information on making a gift to Vanderbilt Law School, please contact the Development & Alumni Relations staff.