Why we need your support
In order for us to grow and achieve our goals, we need your support now more than ever. With a decrease in State funding, private support has become essential for us to continue providing a quality legal education at an affordable price.
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’re able to:
- Create experiential learning opportunities that prepare our students to be practice-ready
- Develop a competitive, rigorous curriculum that combines the best in traditional legal education with dynamic law programs
- Complete our $26 million building expansion and renovation
- Support faculty research and scholarship on vital legal issues
- Create opportunities for students to travel and compete in national moot court competitions
- Establish study abroad programs for students in Brazil, Mexico and Switzerland
- Recruit and retain nationally recognized faculty and clinicians
- Provide our 5,800+ alumni with legal resources and assistance
- Maintain our standing as a Best Value Law School (preLaw Magazine)
- Achieve Top Law School for Public Interest ranking (preLaw Magazine)
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.
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 over 70% of our students, resulting in nearly $3 million awarded annually.
Law Clinic Endowment
Since its founding in 1976-77, 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. This year, 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.
WVU Law offers clinical law opportunities in 9 areas: General Practice; Child and Family Advocacy with Medical-Legal Partnership; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Immigration; Innocence Project; Taxpayer Advocacy; Land Use and Sustainable Development; United States Supreme Court; and Veterans Advocacy.