Even small gifts can make a big difference.
Donors to the Annual Fund can choose to support Harvard Law School through unrestricted giving, which enables Dean Manning to be nimble in addressing the Law School’s needs. You also have the option of directing your Annual Fund gift to an impact area that’s important to you. The Annual Fund’s four impact priorities are:
Areas of Greatest Need: Supports our Students in Times of Crisis
The COVID-19 public health crisis is having a significant and direct impact on HLS funding for student support. Although crises like these create unforeseen expenses and budget shortfalls, HLS is committed to taking care of its students during both good times and difficult times.
Annual Fund gifts in support of crisis needs, like those resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, support:
- emergency student transition funding like moving and shipping costs;
- financial hardship support for students, such as temporary housing and food insecurity needs;
- increased financial aid and loan support;
- remote teaching, building a robust virtual learning platform.
Clinical Programs: Learning the Law, Serving the World
HLS was the first law school in the United States to offer clinical education as part of its curriculum, and today we offer more clinical opportunities than any other law school. Last year, members of the Class of 2018 completed an average of 637 hours of pro bono service.
Annual Fund gifts in support of clinical education will fund clinical programs; grow and support our clinical faculty through clinical professorships, instructorships, and fellowships; and offer current-use funding for immediate opportunities and operational support.
Financial Aid: Access for All
The ability to offer competitive, need-based financial aid packages allows Harvard Law School to attract and enroll the next generation’s best and brightest candidates from around the world, regardless of their ability to pay.
Annual Fund gifts in support of financial aid will grow HLS’s need-based aid for students and increase our loan repayment assistance program (LIPP), which enables graduates to pursue nonprofit, government, academic, and other lower-income legal careers.
Public Service: A Focus on Community
Harvard Law School builds an ethic of public service into the student experience, and many of our graduates are called to serve the public good through work in government, nonprofits, and academia.
Annual Fund gifts in support of public service will support the Public Service Venture Fund, which awards up to $1 million annually to support public interest startups launched by young alumni; Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF), which supports students who choose to pursue summer employment in a non-profit, government, NGO, IGO, or other approved private public interest firm setting; and public service fellowships, which provide support for students and recent graduates working in unpaid or low-paid public interest and human rights positions.