Law School’s Driven to Lead Campaign Surpasses Goal, Raises More Than $100M

The Law School’s Driven to Lead campaign has not only surpassed its original $80 million fundraising goal, but exceeded its $100 million stretch goal, raising more than $100 million in total for scholarships, professorships and faculty research, student support and fellowships, clinical programs and experiential learning, leadership programming, and the annual fund.

The Law School’s fundraising initiative was part of the University-wide Driven campaign that raised more than $4 billion systemwide. The campaign, which had its public launch in September 2017, ended on June 30, 2021. 

Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, the funds contributed to the Law School during this historic campaign have been instrumental in: 

  • $106M Raised in Driven Campaign
    Establishing transformational Law School initiatives, such as the James H. Binger Center for New Americans and the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice;
  • Providing numerous scholarships, making legal education more accessible and expanding opportunities for first-generation students and students from underserved communities;
  • Endowing professorships to support our world-class teacher-scholars and expand the impact of our faculty through scholarship and policy; 
  • Creating clinics that provide legal assistance to thousands throughout Minnesota and have advanced the law through prevailing in precedential cases in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court;
  • Supporting students in pursuing public interest work and other experiential opportunities through funded fellowships and internships; and
  • Fostering innovations that enable the Law School to nurture cutting-edge programs and initiatives that maintain its position at the forefront of legal education. 

“We are so grateful to the thousands of dedicated supporters who have contributed to the Law School during this campaign and positioned the Law School for continued excellence,” said Garry W. Jenkins, dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law. “Their generosity has helped ensure that Minnesota Law remains a powerful force in legal education and in the global legal community. I am enormously grateful to our alumni and friends for their partnership and confidence in our future.”

Even with the sunset of the Driven campaign, the Law School will continue to seek support to expand access to legal education, drive innovation, and meet the challenges of this time, all while continuing its mission of education, outreach, and service. 

“Now more than ever, the legal profession, the state, the nation, and the world need the type of knowledgeable, ethical, and service-minded lawyer-leaders that come from Minnesota Law” Jenkins said. “We look forward to continuing to partner with our many friends and supporters to make a difference.” 

Learn more about how you can support Minnesota Law and advance its mission to create tomorrow’s lawyer-leaders.

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