The 2020 Firm Giving Program campaign will begin in March. If your firm employs multiple VLS alumni and you'd like to participate in this year's campaign, please contact the Development & Alumni Relations office via email or call (615) 322-0814 . Participating firms with 100% giving among multiple VLS alumni in at least one office location will be recognized on the Firm Giving Honor Roll.
The Firm Giving Program was created over a decade ago to promote continued excellence in legal education at Vanderbilt Law School. Firms with multiple Vanderbilt Law School alumni can participate by naming a Firm Representative to encourage and coordinate alumni donations with a goal toward achieving 100% giving participation.
This program's growth has paralleled the increasing global influence of the law school. In FY 2019, over 1,100 alumni working at 88 firms and companies with locations around the world participated in the program, securing vital support for the law school.
Firm participation helps to preserve the high standards in legal education that distinguish Vanderbilt Law School from competing schools. The annually published Firm Giving Honor Roll celebrates those firms who have met the challenge and achieved 100% alumni giving participation and recognizes their commitment to the future of the law school.
1. Increase Alumni Giving Participation
The Firm Giving Program greatly affects the Law School’s overall alumni participation rate. Increasing the alumni participation rate signals alumni support for the Law School that may influence assessment scores given by legal professionals as well as peer law school administrators and faculty when calculating U.S. News & World Report law school rankings. Additionally, annual gifts help preserve the character, collegiality, and excellence of the Vanderbilt Law School experience while at the same time demonstrating the personal commitment and professional gratitude alumni hold for the school.
2. Build and Improve a Network of Mutual Support
The Firm Giving Program aids in the building of a network between the Law School and its alumni at the nation’s top law firms and businesses. Firms and corporations benefit by strengthening their presence at Vanderbilt Law School, where some of the nation’s best and brightest students are being equipped to become practicing lawyers.
The Firm Giving Program benefits alumni at participating firms by building camaraderie within the firm and vitalizing alumni networks in the larger community. The program fosters a cadre of caring alumni who enjoyed their law school experience, value their Vanderbilt Law degree, and want to get involved and give back.
4. Promote Participating Law Firms or Organizations
Firms that achieve 100% participation are recognized on our Firm Giving Honor Roll which is:
Additionally, those firms who participate in on-campus interviews will find their interview suites decorated to recognize the achievement of reaching 100% participation among the VLS alumni at the firm. This recognition will demonstrate to current law students and other visiting firms that the alumni in your firm have a strong affinity and commitment to Vanderbilt.