The Annual Fund

Giving to the Annual Fund ensures that our students and faculty have the resources they need to develop and implement bold ideas to address society’s most pressing issues.

The Annual Fund is the unsung hero of the budget. It stands apart from other gifts because it is available for immediate use, allowing the Dean to proactively bring new ideas to life and to deepen the programs we already offer.

“I give to the Annual Fund because of its immediate impact. It allows the Dean to be responsive in real-time to a rapidly changing educational environment and to pursue strategic priorities for the longer term as well, There is not an aspect of life at Columbia Law School … that is Annual Fund does not touch and make better.”
—Michael Griffinger ’64

Dean’s Discretion
These gifts provide the Dean with the flexibility to fund urgent and immediate needs of the Law School, supporting Columbia Law School’s strength and dynamism and reinforcing our position as one of the leading centers for legal education in the world.  

Faculty Support
A gift to support faculty helps the Law School recruit and retain the world’s foremost legal scholars, invest in their research and teaching, and bring to campus outstanding visiting professors and guest lecturers from around the world.  

Student Support
The Law School remains committed to ensuring that the very best students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can have access to the finest legal education in the world. Today, nearly two-thirds of Columbia Law students receive financial aid.  

International and LL.M. Programs
Support of these programs helps provide scholarships and fund programs for LL.M. and international students, building on our history of leadership and distinction in international law. 

Public Service and Public Interest Law
By contributing to Public Service and Public Interest Law, you help ensure that a career in public service is a choice all students can make. You will also be supporting public interest courses, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), experiential learning clinics, social justice and human rights initiatives, pro bono projects, and internships.

Learning Environment
Support of our infrastructure benefits faculty and students by providing the best possible environment for teaching, learning, and collaboration outside the classroom. 

Give Over Time
Through recurring gifts, you also can act now to make more possible in the future. A recurring gift is an easy, automatic way to give according to your budget and schedule. Recurring gifts are customizable for donors and help ensure a stable source of funding for the Law School. Simply choose “recurring gift” when you give online.

All gifts made to the Annual Fund will be used to benefit students and faculty this fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).