1. UCLA Law needs your financial support
Have you noticed that the cost of attending UCLA Law has gone up dramatically in the last several years? A small part of that increase is due to inflation and increases in education costs, but much of it is because of the dramatic decline of state funding. Consider this:
- In 1986, state funds provided nearly full funding of student fees and tuition.
- By 2001, state funds covered 70% of student fees, private gifts covered 12%, and student fees covered 18%.
- Today, state funds account for less than 27% of UCLA Law's budget! Tuition can't cover everything so private support is needed now more than ever.
Tuition covers only about part of the cost of maintaining and enhancing the UCLA Law student experience. The more philanthropy that UCLA Law can count on, the less financial burden will fall on students. Future UCLA Law students will benefit from your gift, the same way that you have benefited from the generosity of alumni and student donors who came before you.
Here’s a recent example of how alumni donations have made a difference: When the Regents approved the tuition hike over the summer of 2012 that would have taken effect only a few weeks before the fall semester began, Dean Moran, thanks to private support, was able to hold the line by offering scholarship support to offset that increase in tuition. Dean Moran realizes that it is crucial for UCLA Law to provide financial aid and scholarships to ensure that our school remains accessible to the very best students regardless of their economic background.
2. Student giving is standard practice across the board at our peer schools
At most top tier law schools, class giving campaigns are well-established traditions, and many law school graduating classes achieve high participation rates each year. Although the class gift campaign at UCLA Law is still quite new, we are working to establish our own tradition. Our focus is participation and increasing awareness of the need to support UCLA Law as students not just as alumni.
3. Higher participation rates benefit students and alumni alike.
One of the factors that influence a law school's reputation is "alumni participation." Participation is defined as the percentage of alumni who make a gift to their alma mater. Higher rates of participation demonstrate alumni satisfaction and enhance the reputation of a law school among law firms, judges and other employers.
Increased giving also means increased expenditures per student -- another major factor in law school rankings. And with greater resources, UCLA Law can continue to compete for the best and brightest law students in the country, which also plays a major role in national law school rankings.
Here are some results from 2014:
- 30% of our nearly 15,000 UCLA Law alumni made a gift to the law school, ranking us among the top law schools nationwide.
- 26% of the Class of 2014 made a pledge or gift as part of the Class Gift Campaign.
- We have achieved even higher levels of alumni participation with our Law Firm Challenge, which remains the most successful in the country with 78% participation.