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Dean’s Associates $25,000 and above
Christopher Columbus Langdell $10,000 – $24,999
Joseph Story $5,000 – $9,999
Nathan Dane $1,000 – $4,999
Edward Austin $500 – $999
Isaac Parker $300 – $499
Century Club $100 – $299

Donor Recognition Societies

1817 Society

Since Harvard Law School’s founding in 1817, the philanthropic spirit of alumni and friends has allowed HLS to achieve and fortify its position as the pinnacle in legal education. Today, that same generosity to the Law School endures and is more important than ever.

The 1817 Society recognizes our most loyal alumni and friends of Harvard Law School who have made gifts to the Law School each year for five or more consecutive years. Our members provide the continuity that keeps Harvard Law School at the forefront of educating today’s outstanding law students – and tomorrow’s leaders.

How to Become a Member

Donors qualify for membership upon their 5th consecutive year of making a gift or payment on an existing pledge. Gifts of any amount to any part the Law School are counted towards 1817 membership.

Membership Benefits

1817 members receive special benefits including a private cocktail reception during Reunion Weekend, as well as the benefits listed below:

  • Membership Introduction
  • Recognition in the Annual Report of Gifts
  • Invitation to the bi-annual 1817 Society Reception

Graduates of the Last Decade Langdell

Alumni who have graduated within the last decade and made a contribution of $5,000 or more are members of the Gold Langdell Society.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Society

Justice Holmes embodied intellectual achievement, deep integrity, and service to the greater good – all tenets at the foundation of Harvard Law School. Oliver Wendell Holmes Society members pay tribute to the great legacy of Justice Holmes with thoughtful planning and generosity. They have made a lasting impact upon the Law School by providing invaluable support for scholarship aid, establishing professorships, or designating their funding for unrestricted purposes. Since the mid-1970s, the Law School has benefited from $267 million in life income gifts and realized bequests. Many individuals choose to make a planned gift because it allows them to provide important support for the Law School through their tax, financial, and estate planning.

Planned gifts include:

  • Bequest or estate gifts
  • Gifts of real estate
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Life insurance and retirement
  • Charitable remainder trusts plan designations

Fore more information, please contact the Planned Giving Office at Harvard Law School at 617-496-9265.