The Dean’s Discretionary Fund supports all facets of UCLA Law’s mission and provides the Dean with the flexibility to respond to the school’s most critical needs.
Founded in 1949, the UCLA School of Law was the first public law school in Southern California. Since then, its prestigious track record has led it to become the youngest top-ranked law school in the nation.
In the early days, only 10 faculty members taught 16 classes. In 2014, 100 faculty teach in 26 program areas, covering legal issues involved in business, environment, entertainment, food, international human rights, race studies and Native Americans, to name a few. Three areas show how the school is leading the nation. The Critical Race Studies Program, founded in 2000, is the only one of its kind in the country, providing fresh perspectives on racial justice. The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, founded in 2008, is the country’s first law-school research program to focus exclusively on the environment. And The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy is the nation’s first specialization of its kind at a law school — founded in 2001 to be the premier source analyzing LGBT legal issues.
UCLA School of Law’s Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum was named one of the world’s top three Justice Innovations of 2012 by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law in 2013. The Hollywood Reporter ranked UCLA the No. 1 school for entertainment law in 2012. Hispanic Business magazine ranked UCLA as having the seventh best law school for Hispanics in 2013. And Princeton Review listed UCLA’s School of Law as the “Best Classroom Experience” in 2013.
To keep those rankings high, philanthropy has always been a priority among the school’s 15,000 alumni, especially in the area of the Dean’s Discretionary Fund, unrestricted funds that support all facets of the school’s mission.
“Supporting our students remains a top priority,” says law Dean Rachel Moran, “and private support is needed now more than ever. We need your help in order to uphold our mission as a great public law school.”
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