USD School of Law Exceeds Goal in Inaugural Online Fundraising Campaign

The Big Give 2014

San Diego (May 27, 2014) – Today University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo announced the law school exceeded the goal for its inaugural Big Give, a 36-hour online fundraising campaign on May 6-7. 233 law school alumni and friends donated a total of $152,797, benefiting 20 areas of the law school.

"The success of the Big Give is due, in great part, to the generosity of Jerry McMahon, ’64, (JD); Tom Fetter, ’67 (JD); and the law firm of CaseyGerry," said Ferruolo. "Their combined challenge gift of $25,000 got the Big Give off to a great start. I am thankful to them for their leadership."

The Big Give significantly impacted the Dean’s Scholarship Initiative by raising more than $136,000 to fund scholarships for current and prospective law students.

The Dean’s Scholarship Initiative funds (1) Alumni Honor Scholarships to recruit first-year students who demonstrate exceptional promise, support those with the greatest financial need, and increase diversity; (2) Alumni Leadership Scholarships to retain high performing students and reward those who show potential for leadership after the first year; and (3) Alumni Summer Legal Work Grants to subsidize students taking non-paying summer jobs in the legal field.

Fundraising for the Dean's Scholarship Initiative continues over the next year. Give online or contact Brian Daugherty at (619) 260-4692.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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