Why we need your support
Private support has become essential for us to continue providing a quality legal education at an affordable price. In order for us to grow and achieve our goals while serving the legal profession, we need your support now more than ever.
As a regional law school with a national voice, WVU Law leads with innovation in service to the state, region, and country. Thanks to loyal alumni and friends, we are able to:
• Create experiential learning opportunities that prepare our students to be client-ready.
• Develop a competitive, rigorous curriculum that combines the best in traditional legal education with dynamic law programs.
• Create opportunities for students to travel and compete in national moot court competitions.
• Establish enriching comparative law programs in Brazil, Mexico, and Switzerland.
• Support faculty research and scholarship on vital legal issues.
• Recruit and retain nationally recognized faculty and clinicians.
• Provide our 5,600+ alumni with legal resources and assistance.
• Remain a Top Law School for Energy/Environmental Law (prelaw Magazine).
• Maintain our status as a Top Law School for Trial Advocacy/Litigation (preLaw Magazine).
• Continue our Best Specialty in Public Interest Law (preLaw Magazine).
• Sustain our #34 ranking as a Most Affordable Law School (Student Loan Hero).
How you can help
Gifts to the Dean’s Fund address the College’s most pressing needs and help us take advantage of opportunities for learning and service to legal education. Gifts can be used to augment and solidify academic programs, purchase materials and equipment, and support faculty and student scholars.
College of Law Student Experiential Learning Fund
In addition to the learning outcomes that occur within the College of Law students have the opportunity to participate in once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom that are only made possible via private support. These experiences greatly enhance the education of students who participate in conferences, events, internships, and travel to additional opportunities outside the traditional classroom setting.
Law Clinic Endowment
Since its founding over 40 years ago, the Clinical Law program has provided more than 600,000 hours of pro bono legal service to over 2,000 clients. The program has helped train more than 1,000 students to be client-ready. The National Jurist rated us second in the country for Greatest Community Impact because of the 40,000+ hours of pro bono legal services provided by our clinics and other programs.
WVU Law offers clinical law opportunities in 9 areas: General Practice (Litigation and Advocacy; Child and Family Advocacy with Medical-Legal Partnership; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Immigration; West Virginia Innocence Project; Taxpayer Advocacy; Land Use and Sustainable Development; United States Supreme Court; and Veterans Advocacy).
Law General Scholarship Fund
With the average national law school student loan debt over $110,000 for three years, scholarship support is our focal point. WVU law students graduate with $30,000 less student loan debt than the national average. This is made possible by providing financial support through scholarships to our students.