Dear BU Law Community,

GodfreySince the launch of the Building on Excellence Campaign in 2010, I have written a yearly note to give you an update on the progress of the Campaign—and to celebrate the exceptional dedication of the BU Law community to the success of the school.

This year, we celebrate the rejuvenation of our campus. The Redstone Building is bustling with student life, the restoration of the Law Tower is now complete, and the new and improved BU Law campus stands tall and proud in the heart of BU’s domain. As part of President Brown’s larger initiative, moreover, we raised a collective $1 million dollars to fully fund ten Public Interest Post-Graduate Fellowships for the next five years. These pivotal accomplishments were made possible by the generous donors listed on the following pages.

The Building on Excellence Campaign for BU Law has been transformative for the Law School and the University as a whole. The tremendous success of The Campaign, which already raised $888 million, moved the Board of Trustees to boost the University’s Campaign’s goal from $1 billion to $1.5 billion and extend its run by two years until June 30, 2019. For the law school’s part, President Brown and Dean Emerita O’Rourke raised the goal of the BU Law Building on Excellence Campaign from $80 million to $100 million.

As we keep advancing, we ask for your support of the following five priorities:

  • Building Fund: $44 million raised/$45 million goal
    Vibrant and flexible spaces to teach and work mean a more productive environment for faculty, students, and staff, and a deeper and more connected student experience.
  • Student Scholarships and Financial Aid: $6.2 million raised/$25 million goal
    We want the very best students to attend BU Law, regardless of financial means. It is also important that our young alumni be able to pursue their career aspirations without burdensome debt.
  • Professorships and Faculty Support: $3.4 million raised/$10 million goal
    Endowed professorships help us recruit and retain faculty whose current members were once again ranked #1 for teaching by The Princeton Review.
  • Academic Programming: $1 million raised/$10 million goal
    BU Law has always been a place of innovation and forward thinking. The practice and marketplace are constantly evolving, and we remain at the forefront of legal education.
  • Law Fund: $5 million raised/$10 million goal
    The Law Fund provides the vital flexible funding used by the Dean to create unique initiatives, leverage unforeseen opportunities, and provide additional financial aid like scholarships and public interest fellowships.

On behalf of Boston University School of Law, I thank our generous donors, whose respect and fondness for this institution help make it great.


Richard C. Godfrey (’79)
Senior Litigation Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Trustee, Boston University
Chair, School of Law Dean’s Advisory Board
Chair, School of Law Building on Excellence Campaign