Ways to Give

Every gift matters to Stanford Law School. Each year, more than half of our annual donors make gifts of less than $500. Their collective support provides valuable dollars to the law school, and their participation is an important indicator of the strength of the school.

Your annual gift to the law school, no matter the size, is a powerful vote of confidence in the institution, and is taken as such by many of our institutional donors as well as national law school ranking systems.

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Planned Giving

Through careful planning, a donor may be able to make a sizable contribution to the school through a bequest or living trust; by designating Stanford as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, IRA, or other retirement plan; or by means of a “life income gift” that can provide a donor with considerable tax savings currently as well as an income for life. For more information, please contact a member of the Stanford Planned Giving team: planned.giving@stanford.edu or 650.725.4358.

Giving Opportunities

Unrestricted gifts to the Law Fund give the school the flexibility to direct your support to the area of most immediate need. The generosity of our Law Fund donors distinguishes Stanford Law School by giving the school the ability to pursue new opportunities as needs arise while maintaining robust educational programs for our students.

Your gift is meaningful to the law school, and it should be meaningful to you. If supporting a specific area of the school is your preference, please review our Funding Priorities for more information about our most common areas of restricted giving, including financial aid, experiential learning, and faculty support.

Named Funds

For our donors interested in exploring a very personal gift to Stanford Law School, establishing a fund in your own name or that of a loved one may be such an opportunity. These funds are directed to the purpose of your choosing.

Endowed vs. Expendable Funds

Expendable funds are used in their entirety during a specific period of time. They may be made in support of specific programs, research, or people – for example, an established or new interdisciplinary program or clinic.

An endowed fund establishes a permanent fund that recognizes the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor in perpetuity and provides Stanford with an ongoing source of support.

Gift Level and Stewardship

Named funding opportunities begin with a commitment of $100,000, which can be paid over a period of up to five years.

For more information about giving to the law school, please contact Marah Herbach at externalrelations@law.stanford.edu or 650.726.1238.