NYU Law raises more than $540 million in its Lead the Way campaign

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New York University School of Law has raised more than $540 million over the course of its Lead the Way campaign, far exceeding the fundraising goal of $450 million. The money will be used in a variety of ways, but all in service of the school’s goals from its 2016 strategic plan, which focus on ensuring the success of its students and continuing the school’s tradition of innovation, diversity and inclusion.

“The unprecedented success of our Campaign affirms the excellence of NYU Law and provides a tremendous investment in its future,” said Dean Trevor Morrison. “The generosity of our alumni and other supporters will help NYU Law to remain a true leader in legal education, with an outstanding faculty that prepares our students to be at the forefront of the legal profession, addressing the most pressing issues of our time. We are deeply grateful.”

One of the school’s top priorities has been financial accessibility, and much work has been done to accommodate students in that regard. Since 2012, the number of incoming J.D. students receiving scholarships has increased from 32.5% to 66%. The success of the fund-raising campaign has allowed the school to add 82 new named JD and LL.M. scholarships.

The Lead the Way campaign fist launched in 2017, and its stated goal of $450 million was the largest ever by any law school, according to Nick Vagelatos, assistant dean for development and alumni relations.

“The unprecedented legal issues caused by the pandemic and other major events in the past few years highlight the importance of continued investment in the Law School and its students,” Vagelatos said. “We look forward to continuing to partner with our alumni and supporters to give the future leaders of the legal profession the tools they need to fight injustice and look for creative solutions to the new challenges facing us in the years ahead.”

For more details on other advancements NYU Law has made, read the full press release.

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