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

Shenkman Jewish Center opens to public

At the corner of Jamestown Road and Cary Street, the Jewish community at the College of William and Mary now has a dedicated home. The Shenkman Jewish Center opened its doors to the public the morning of Wednesday Nov. 14, only nine months after its groundbreaking ceremony in February of this year.

Breaking Ground, Making History: Thanks to private donations, work begins on the Tribe Field Hockey Center

When William and Mary head field hockey coach Tess Ellis first came to the College in 1992, she said she remembers dragging old sticks from the now-demolished equipment shed on Barksdale Field back for use. Her office is filled with photos — and even more have been moved to the archives — depicting the rich history of the team. This semester, through Century Project donations, the team is once again making history.

William & Mary Law School celebrates generosity of Class of 1983

As of June 30, the Class of 1983 added another record to its storied history. Members of the class contributed more than $5.2 million in gifts and pledges to the Law School on the occasion of their 35th Reunion—the highest amount ever raised by a reunion class. The class previously set giving records for 20th, 25th, and 30th reunions.