Why should I support BU Law?

Our donors often say they want to give back because BU Law helped make them who they are today.

Alumni, parents, friends, and institutional partners of BU Law all have their own compelling answer to this question, but there are five principal needs we hope will inspire you to give:

Provide Opportunity

BU Law students are standouts among their peers—they are intelligent, curious and tenacious. Keeping BU Law affordable for all qualified students—no matter what their family’s economic circumstances—is an overriding priority for BU.

Why? Because from the beginning, inclusiveness has been a central value of our University. And because a diverse student body, fully reflective of the vibrant and challenging world around us, is one of our great strengths.

Also, for admitted students in today’s recruiting environment, the amount of financial aid they receive from a law school factors heavily into their selection process. Generosity from alumni and friends enables the law school to admit and retain the very best students, regardless of financial means.

Seize Opportunity

The BU Law Fund helps our School remain innovative and competitive among first tier law schools. Your Law Fund donation provides unrestricted funds, which can be used to leverage unique opportunities and meet unforeseen operational needs. Examples of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • Faculty recruitment and retention
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program
  • New academic programming
  • The Public Interest Project
  • Moot Court
  • Student organizations and student support services

Every dollar makes a difference. Please give to the BU Law Fund today!

Deliver an Innovative Curriculum

BU Law prepares its graduates to hit the ground running in their chosen field of law. The School’s integrated academic experience combines theory and doctrine with experiential learning, preparing students for real-world lawyering. Financial support sustains opportunities like study abroad, clinics, and externships, and it allows BU Law to continue to innovate and enrich the academic experience for tomorrow’s lawyers.

Advance Knowledge

It is no secret that BU Law has an extraordinary faculty. They are nationally acclaimed for their legal skills and scholarship, and they are on the cutting edge in research, writing, and advising to both the public and private sectors. But what uniquely defines our faculty is their devotion to students—academically, professionally and individually. Endowed professorships acknowledge this excellence by funding scholarly research and pursuits.

“The Liacos Chair is an important positive factor within the Boston University Law community because it sends a signal to the legal profession, to other universities, and within the greater University that the law school values the work of its senior scholars. More than being an award to a single professor, a chaired professorship enhances the quality and stature of an entire faculty. Chairs play an important role today in the recruitment and retention of faculty.”—Keith N. Hylton, Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law

By supporting and building our world-class faculty. This means more endowed professorships, career-development professorships, and visiting professorships.

It also means providing research support for people thinking and working “outside the box,” and facilitating collaborations across international boundaries. In today’s marketplace, law graduates must be equipped with the experiential learning necessary to hit the ground running.

Create a World-Class Learning Environment

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.

Thanks to alumni support and generous investments by the University, we have built the nearly 100,000 square-foot Sumner M. Redstone Building and performed a complete gut-renovation of the 17-story Law Tower. BU Law now boasts one of the best law school buildings in the world.

We have reached and surpassed our $40 million Law Building Fund goal for this campaign! However, there are still many opportunities to name classrooms and other spaces through a gift.