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Jennifer Mnookin
Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin

The UCLA School of Law Dean's Circle is a society of our leadership donors here at the law school. Our Dean's Circle donors help the school attain its educational goals, participate in events with school leaders and support the UCLA Law Annual Fund. Dean's Circle leadership-level support from dedicated alumni is absolutely critical for the school to maintain and build upon its traditions of excellence and accessibility. If you have been a Dean's Circle donor in the past, many thanks for your support. If you are joining the Dean's Circle for the first time, many thanks for your commitment and your generosity!

State support for the UCLA School of law is a far lower percentage of our budget than it was in our early decades — currently it hovers at just around 15 percent. The commitment of our alumni is what assures our excellence and builds our future: Dean's Circle gifts support vital student scholarships, help us to recruit and retain top faculty members, and support innovation, including new clinical opportunities and curricular developments that keep us on the forefront of legal education.

Membership in the Dean's Circle results from a contribution of $2,500 or more to UCLA School of Law in any fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). All gifts, resulting matching gifts, pledges and pledge payments count towards membership. Members are invited to a variety of special events including our annual Dean's Circle recognition dinner. The benefits of Dean's Circle membership are progressive, increasing in accordance with your giving — though certainly the most important benefit is knowing that you are truly making a difference for today's students and are assuring tomorrow's excellence.

Thank you for your leadership!

Dean's Circle Membership Levels

Member ($2,500 - $4,999)

  • Invitation to annual UCLA Law Dean's Circle Dinner
  • UCLA Law Dean's Circle commemorative gift item
  • UCLA Law's annual philanthropic impact report
  • Dean's Circle recognition upon attendance at UCLA Law events
  • Name recognition in our UCLA Law online Honor Roll
  • Invitations to on-campus and regional events
  • With gifts to our Dean's Discretionary Fund (the law school's unrestricted fund), joint membership in the UCLA Chancellor's Society with its donor courtesies
  • Complimentary campus parking pass (up to 12 annually)

Cabinet ($5,000 - $9,999)

  • All benefits at the previous level plus;
  • Special complimentary invitation for you and a guest to the annual UCLA Law Football game day in the fall
  • Special complimentary invitation for you and a guest to the annual UCLA Law Basketball game day in the spring
  • Special complimentary invitation for you and a guest to the annual UCLA Law Holiday party hosted by the Dean in the winter
  • An opportunity for a personal visit from a UCLA Advancement team member

Advocate ($10,000 - $24,999)

  • All benefits at the previous levels plus;
  • Invitation for you and a guest to UCLA Law Salon and Cocktail Party for Advocates and Benefactors
  • Complimentary campus parking pass for the year

Benefactor ($25,000+)

  • All benefits at the previous levels plus;
  • Additional special invitations to talks and receptions for high profile speakers visiting UCLA Law and campus

Dean's Circle Donor of the Year Award

First established in 2015, this award exemplifies what it truly means to be a loyal supporter of UCLA Law. The recipient of this award has gone above and beyond in devoting their time, talent and resources in support of UCLA School of Law's mission. Nominees are chosen based on number of years as a member of the Dean's Circle, outstanding achievements in their field and level of engagement with UCLA Law alumni, faculty and students. For video profiles of past Dean’s Circle Donors of the Year, please click on the links at the top of this page.