USD School of Law Reaches First Goal in Multi-Year Fundraising Campaign

University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo today announced the law school reached its first year fundraising milestone for the Dean's Scholarship Initiative. 744 law school alumni and friends donated a total of $515,496. The initiative is a three-year effort to raise at least $500,000 each year to increase overall funding for scholarships.

“The success of this campaign is due, in great part, to the generosity of Jack McGrory, ’81 (JD); Michael Kaplan, ’72 (JD); and John Henkel, ’77 (JD), and the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation,” said Ferruolo. “In establishing a challenge gift for the school’s Board of Visitors, these engaged alumni provided the leadership to meet the goal.”

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.

“Alumni Honor Scholarships have already proven effective in our recruitment efforts,” says Jorge García, assistant dean of admissions, diversity initiatives and financial aid at USD School of Law. “Competition was fierce this year. We’re grateful to the alumni and friends who, through these gifts, have given USD an effective tool to recruit a stronger and more diverse entering class to USD.”

“With financial assistance from Alumni Leadership Scholarships combined with other faculty efforts, we have been successful in retaining a larger number of our top-performing rising 2L students,” says Emily Scivoletto, assistant dean for law student affairs at USD School of Law. “Financial assistance is crucial to helping our students succeed.”

This summer, funds from Alumni Summer Legal Work Grants helped 32 students gain important legal experience that will increase their chances of successful job placement after graduation.

“These grants allow students to gain valuable, hands-on legal experience working for public interest organizations in San Diego, across the country and around the world,” said Lizzette Herrera Castellanos, assistant director for public service and diversity at USD School of Law. “Students would not be able to take on such exceptional opportunities if it were not for the financial assistance and generosity of alumni who recognize the importance of public service in the legal profession.”

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

About the University of San Diego School of Law
Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls 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 law 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.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.