Building on Excellence
The Campaign for Boston University School of Law
As part of The Campaign for Boston University: Choose to Be Great, Boston University School of Law's Building on Excellence campaign marks a pivotal moment in the School's history. This fundraising effort will enable the law school to build on its proud history and be positioned to achieve even greater success in the 21st century. We are making steady progress toward our $80 million campaign goal to fund five important priorities:
Boston University School of Law is one of the finest institutions of legal scholarship in the world and deserves a home that will enable it to continue to innovate and build on that legacy. I could not be more pleased to provide this gift that will benefit generations of future students.
— Sumner M. Redstone (Hon. '94) on his $18 million donation to BU Law
BU Law is one of the nation's top law schools—our students are outstanding, faculty are considered by many to be the best in the nation, and alumni provide compelling evidence of the value of a BU Law degree. We stand poised to achieve even greater things in the years to come. One ingredient is vital to our success: a facility to match our spirit.
The Sumner M. Redstone building addition and tower renovation will provide the classroom, study and communal spaces to support learning and create a new sense of community. Shifting from a vertical to horizontal orientation, the new addition promises to strengthen an already stellar BU Law community.
I think the School has attracted the type of student that has a can-do attitude, a willingness to learn, and a willingness to challenge the conventional, which is something that I hope BU Law will continue to do, and I would like to enable the law school to do so.
—Richard C. Godfrey ('79), Campaign Chair
BU Law students are standouts among their peers—they are intelligent, curious and tenacious. Generosity from alumni and friends enables the law school to retain the very best students, regardless of financial means. Your contributions to scholarship funds and financial aid make these students' educational goals a reality.
It's no secret that BU Law professors are extraordinary. They are nationally acclaimed for their legal skills and scholarship—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.
|"Receiving the Philip S. Beck professorship has added visibility to my work and resources for my research. This is something to which every scholar aspires, and we are all deeply and profoundly grateful for this kind of support for our work." — Gary S. Lawson, Philip S. Beck Professor of Law||"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|
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.
John Riccardi, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs, on the importance of program support
BU Law's Annual Fund provides resources when and where they're needed most. This year, Dean O'Rourke used $200,000 from the Fund to support financial aid, and the new Public Service Fellowship Program provided 10 recent graduates funding for otherwise unpaid public interest jobs.
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