Annual Giving

The School of Law Annual Giving Program provides support to many valuable programs, such as Mock Trial, Moot Court, Law Review, student financial aid, the Zimmerman Law Library and the Program in Law & Technology. Contributions to the Annual Fund provide operational funds that help the School of Law maintain and strengthen these areas.

Why is the Annual Fund Program Important?

The Annual Fund is vital because Annual Fund dollars are available for current use, which allows the Law School to react to immediate needs. It would require an additional $2.5 million in endowment to generate the amount of expendable assets provided by $100,000 in annual donations.

In addition to funding the School's everyday operations, Annual Funds allow the dean to deal with unanticipated needs and take advantage of opportunities when they arise. These might include recruiting outstanding new faculty, launching new initiatives or purchasing computer equipment.

Why is it necessary for Dayton Law to have the financial support of Alumni?

The University of Dayton School of Law aspires to become a leader in legal education. This goal cannot be met without external financial support. Alumni of any school hold a vested interest in enhancing that school's programs and reputation. Since its founding, the School of Law has been overly dependent on tuition-generated revenues to support its educational program. Costs to operate a growing law school have been increasing at rates higher than inflation. As a result, tuition is growing accordingly. It is critical that we begin to reduce our dependence for revenue on tuition, and yet also continue to develop an educational program of distinction and excellence.

Why is my gift important?

The School of Law cannot continue to rely on tuition increases to completely fund its budget. While our tuition is very modest in comparison to other private law schools, tuition is more than $30,000 per year. Without financial support from alumni, parents and friends, tuition would be twice that amount. In these economic times, with a national concern about rising tuition, we must be very conscious of our ability to be competitive with other law schools.

How are my gifts recognized?

The School of Law recognizes its donors each year through the publication of the Dean's Annual Report. Donors at the Partner level and above ($500) are invited to special campus events and briefings, and to the Dean's Annual Holiday Reception.

Dean's Council Giving Level of $1,000 or more annually
Members of the Dean's Council are invited to exchange ideas with the dean and faculty concerning the School of Law. Members attend, as special guest of the dean, all Continuing Legal Education programs sponsored by the School of Law, and the Dean's Annual Holiday Reception. If gifts are made to the School of Law for annual support for current operations, Council members will also gain membership in the UD President's Club.

Partners Giving Level of $500 to $999 annually
Members of this distinguished group are committed to helping the School of Law achieve its goals of excellence in the classroom and a growing national reputation. Members are invited to the Dean's Holiday Reception, where they have the opportunity to exchange ideas with the dean, faculty and staff of the University of Dayton School of Law.

Advocate Giving Level of $250 to $499
Advocates represent alumni and friends who annually contribute a minimum of $250 to the University of Dayton School. This generous group forms a solid foundation of annual support on which the school relies to continue its tradition of excellence.

Honor Roll Giving Level of up to $249

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You may also make a gift to the School of Law by sending a check to:
University of Dayton School of Law
Alumni Relations/Development
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2772