Law School

We share an incredible history dating to our founding in 1779, and have benefited mightily from a first-class legal education at a reasonable cost and amazing faculty and classmates who remain lifelong friends. I look forward to partnering with you to take America’s first law school to the next level of educating outstanding citizen lawyers.

James D. Penny J.D. '83
Campaign Chair
William & Mary Law School

Support William & Mary Law School

As the nation’s first law school, William & Mary is dedicated to preparing students not only to become skilled legal practitioners, but also to serve as leaders in their communities, states and nation — upholding the citizen-lawyer ideal of William & Mary alumnus Thomas Jefferson.

The Law School boasts an accomplished faculty of nationally known legal scholars and exceptional teachers. The spirit of the citizen lawyer is nurtured in students through opportunities for leadership and service.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the Law School is able to provide scholarship aid, attract and retain outstanding faculty, support cutting-edge educational initiatives and improve our facilities. Please consider a gift to William & Mary Law School and help continue our legacy of educating citizen lawyers of principle and integrity.

 

For the Greater Good

Priorities

PILLAR I: WHERE GREAT MINDS MEET | $50 MILLION

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Scholarships | Endow 50 scholarships | $36 million
    Enroll outstanding students who possess the qualities of citizen lawyers
  • Postgraduate Public Service Fellowships | $500,000
    Assist recent graduates with securing meaningful work in public service
  • Summer Public Service Fellowships | Endow 10 fellowships | $1 million
    Provide current students with a stipend to provide pro bono public service work during the summer
  • Loan Repayment Assistance | Endow 8 awards | $1 million
    Enable graduates with significant student loans to pursue careers in public service

TEACHING EXCELLENCE

  • Professorships
    Enhance Endowed Professorships | 3 @ $500,000 | $1.5 million
    Attract and retain exceptional scholars and teachers
  • Research Professorships
    Endow four new term professorships @ $250,000 | $1 million
    Encourage and support scholarship of the faculty

PILLAR II: MAKING THE REMARKABLE | $42 MILLION

ENGAGED LEARNING, INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION

  • Dean’s Discretionary/Annual Funds | Increase annual support | $20 million
    Enhance the ability to capitalize on promising opportunities
  • Student Competition Teams | $1 million
    Better prepare students for the practice of law in the 21st century
  • Legal Clinics Endowment | $2 million
    Expand student opportunities for hands-on experience while having real-world impact

BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

  • James A. and Robin L. Hixon Center for Experiential Learning & Leadership | $7 million
    Increase classroom and office space, build an additional courtroom and provide dedicated space for clinics and the Legal Practice Program. More information about naming opportunities at the Hixon Center.

PILLAR III: A PASSION FOR IMPACT | $8 MILLION

WILLIAM & MARY IN THE WORLD

  • International Program and Foreign Summer Fellowships | $1 million
    Expand opportunities for students to impact the rule of law in post-conflict nations

LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES

  • Center for Women in Leadership and Public Service | $3 million
    Expand leadership opportunities both within the Law School and through international cooperative ventures

Fact Sheet

You can learn more about the Law School goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.

  •  Laura Beach ,  Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Affairs, William & Mary Law School
  •  757-221-3798
  •   lwbeac@wm.edu

W&M Impact News

A Continued Promise: Generous $1 million gift from 1693 Scholars Program founders Jim Murray J.D. '74, LL.D. '00 and Bruce Murray will expand program’s reach

More that 60 William & Mary students have benefited from the generosity of Jim Murray J.D. '74, LL.D. '00 and Bruce Murray since the couple established the 1693 Scholars Program in 2003. The Murrays recently expanded the program through a $1 million gift that will add an additional scholar to the program.

Accepting the Challenge to Give: Q&A with Aili Espigh ’17

The Society of 1918 is William & Mary's giving society by women, for women. It supports the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment, which will fund enriching programming that brings W&M women together to strengthen their bonds with one another and with alma mater. Aili Espigh ’17 is the youngest charter member.