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Giving to HLS: Make a World of Difference

From ensuring student success, to building experiential learning opportunities, to supporting faculty research—you make the difference.

Credit: Martha Stewart

Your gift to Harvard Law School matters.

Your commitment has a direct impact on the Law School’s continued excellence, creating opportunities for innovative learning and ensuring that an HLS education is within reach for all admitted students, no matter their backgrounds.

“…by giving to Harvard, you create and empower change makers. It’s a more catalytic way of giving. A gift to Harvard is an investment in leadership and in the agents who are going to create the change we want to see in perpetuity.”

– Sangu Delle J.D./M.B.A. ’16
Students share their perspectives on life at Harvard Law School, the caliber and diversity of its community, the benefits of the school’s Zero-L, mentorship, and clinical programs, and the role financial aid plays in making an HLS education possible.

Making Your Gift

Gifts to the Law School support the HLS community, accelerate change, and help us respond to unexpected needs. Alumni and friends can contribute to Harvard Law School through a variety of methods.

Ways to Give

Donor Recognition

We are grateful for the generous support of all our donors and their commitment to the role Harvard Law School plays in the advancement of justice and betterment of society. We proudly host several donor recognition societies, including the Langdell Society, 1817 Society, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Society.

HLS Report of Gifts

Harvard Law School supporters also receive special recognition in the annual Report of Gifts. We are honored to share each year’s Report of Gifts exclusively with donors.

HLS Report of Gifts

Types of Gift Funds

A current-use gift is a donation that may be spent immediately and fully toward its intended purpose. Annual Fund contributions are current-use gifts.

An endowed gift creates a new fund in Harvard’s endowment, a dedicated and permanent source of funding made up of more than 14,000 individual funds invested as a single entity. Each year, a portion of the endowment is paid out as a distribution to support the school’s needs, while any appreciation in excess is retained so the endowment can grow and support future generations. The endowment provides the financial foundation for the Law School and the University. Learn more about Harvard’s endowment here and giving opportunities here.