I am giving to the Graduating Class Gift because...

"I've really enjoyed my time at Northwestern and want to do what I can to ensure a good experience for future classes." --Tyler Myers, JD
"I met my best friends in the world at this place." --Kelly Oki, JD


"I have had a great experience attending Northwestern. I want to help the school to continue to be great by providing more resources to future students to make the most of their time here." --Allison Bailey, JD "I've made lifelong friends here, and the administrators showed me that they care about the students." --Nicole Goodman, JD 

"Going to Northwestern has given me amazing opportunities, and I hope future classes will have even more." --Kelsey Green, JD "I have learned at least some stuff and have met some truly wonderful people at Northwestern. I want to say thank you and to pass something on to future Northwestern law students." --Alex Tanton, JD/MBA
"My law school experience has exceeded my expectations in every way. I want to give back to Northwestern to show my appreciation." --Emily Thomas, JD
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Graduating Class Gift

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Congratulations to the Class of 2014 for exceeding 51% participation in the Graduating Class Gift! They have secured the Dean's $10,000 challenge gift and a booth in the newly renovated Harry's Cafe will be dedicated to their honor.

Each year since 1989, the graduating class has raised funds to commemorate their time at the Law School and to demonstrate their collective support. There are many reasons to give back to Northwestern Law. Whether you give because you're proud, because you're grateful for your education and experience, or because you want to take an active role in the school's future successes, each and every contribution to the Class Gift will fuel important initiatives at the school and help enhance Northwestern Law's re
putation.


The 2014 Graduating Class Gift Committee

The 2014 Class Gift Co-Chairs
Kate BolshakovaBrad McMahonTyler Myers and Kelly Oki

The 2014 Class Gift Committee
Katie AllisonSuzanne AltonPraveen AyyagariAllison BaileyNathan BrennerNicole GoodmanKelsey GreenJunichi KawauchiElizabeth MazzoccoJoanna Morrison, Christina Otero, Hallie Ritzu, Chloe RossenDave SmithAlex TantonEmily ThomasAndrew WangSarah Wilson and Ping Yu.

The staff liaison at the Office of Alumni Relations and Development is Charley Boynton who can be reached by email or phone at (312) 503-1769.

How to Make a Donation

Give a Gift Online
Visit the 2014 Graduating Class Gift giving page. Please note that there is a $10 minimum per allocation for online gifts.

Recurring Giving
Students now have the option of making gifts in recurring monthly, quarterly, or annual installments when they 
give online. Become a member of the Wigmore Club this year for just $10 a month!

Give by Check or Cash
Please make all checks payable to Northwestern University. Gifts of cash or check can be dropped of at the Graduating Class Gift table in the atrium during lunch or at Charley's office, LM 417A (on the fourth floor of Levy Mayer). Please fill out a gift form to ensure that you receive credit for your donation and that your gift is directed to your intended designation.

Reasons to Give

Northwestern Law Depends on Community Support
Northwestern Law relies on the support of the Law School community to fulfill its mission of providing students with an outstanding legal education. Over 55% of all Northwestern Law alumni have donated to the school. Making a gift in honor of graduation is a great first step toward becoming an active and supportive alumnus.

Charitable Donations Offset the Cost of a Legal Education
Tuition and fees alone do not cover the full cost of a Northwestern Law education. Approximately 20% of the Law School's operating budget comes from donations by alumni and friends of the Law School. Their generous support helps fuel important initiatives that enhance Northwestern Law's reputation.

Contribute to Something That Matters to You
When giving through the Graduating Class Gift you can make an unrestricted gift or to direct your donation to a program that was meaningful to youYou also have the option to split your gift between two or more designations.

Donor Recognition

$10,000 Dean's Challenge
The 2014 Graduating Class Gift exceeded 50% participation and secured the Dean's challenge gift! Dean Rodriguez and his wife Leslie Oster will make a $10,000 to the Law School in honor of the Class of 2014.

Booth in New Harry's
A booth in the new Harry's Cafe will be dedicated to the Class of 2014 in recognition of their generosity through the Graduating Class Gift.

Graduation Recognition
All students who contributed to the class gift by April 24 will be recognized by name at the commencement ceremonies, unless their gift was made anonymously.

Wigmore Club Membership
Students who make a gift of $50 or more will become members of the John Henry Wigmore Club for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. The Wigmore Club is a leadership giving society named for John Henry Wigmore, the first full-time dean of Northwestern Law. Wigmore Club members annually give $1,000 or more, but the special Young Wigmore rate of $50 is available exclusively for the Class of 2014. The benefits of membership include:

  • Invitation to private Wigmore Club receptions. Students who made a Young Wigmore gift by April 4 were invited to a private cocktail hour at the Law School the evening of Friday, April 11 
  • Your name will be prominently listed on the annual Honor Roll of Donors (unless you choose to give anonymously)
  • Priority seating and accommodations for Northwestern Law events in Chicago and around the country

Designations

  • Law School Fund
  • LLM Program Support
  • LLM Tax Program Support
  • Kellogg/Law JD-MBA Scholarship
  • Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Scholarship Support
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Support one or more of these worthy allocations with a gift today! For a complete description of these designations, click here.

Recent Graduating Class Gift Results

Program

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

Class of 2014
(as of 4/28)

AJD

45%

35%

92%

59%

JD/MBA

52%

50%

63%

80%

JD

36%

39%

63%

58%

LLM

23%

21%

40%

58%

LLM-IHR

20%

22%

29%

50%

LLM-K

13%

22%

36%

29%

LLM-Tax

2%

39%

63%

20%

JD Total

38%

40%

66%

60%

LLM Total

12%

22%

32%

46%

Class Total

27%

32%

51%

55%