OPPORTUNITY = ACCESS & EXCELLENCE
In previous generations, State of California funding made a UC Hastings education possible for many promising students. But over the past 15-plus years, state taxpayer support for UC Hastings has dropped from 83 percent to 12 percent. Today, students who say “yes” to UC Hastings face challenging fiscal realities, with career choices often governed by the need to repay debt.
To sustain a diverse community of excellence, UC Hastings must compete successfully for the best students and prepare them for high-impact careers, whether they choose public-interest law, industry, government, or a nontraditional path. This campaign calls for scholarships and fellowships that put law school within reach for more students with the character and credentials to become UC Hastings lawyers.
A stellar faculty is also essential to attracting the best students—and to the profile and impact of UC Hastings. Through this campaign, we can invest in endowed chairs and funds for research that enable UC Hastings to recruit, retain, and support the work of faculty all-stars in an increasingly competitive academic market.
OPPORTUNITY = 21st Century skills and Perspectives
The ability to apply practical skills to immediate challenges, to compete and negotiate, to think deeply and solve complex problems, to serve clients and society—these have always been part of the skill set for UC Hastings alumni. But modern law school graduates need more. Twenty-first-century lawyers must be entrepreneurial and responsive to the influence of technology. They must think and work across boundaries. And they must be prepared to adapt across their careers.
Through this campaign, we will enrich and extend UC Hastings’s tradition of outstanding, practice-ready legal education by responding it to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Our investments will support experience-based learning in legal and workplace settings as well as through UC Hastings clinics—among the most innovative in the country. We will enable UC Hastings to leverage evolving technology to support legal education. We will ensure that tomorrow’s students learn law the way it is practiced: across disciplines and across geographies.
OPPORTUNITY = OUR CHANCE TO RAISE THE UC HASTINGS PROFILE
Investments in access and the student experience, in faculty excellence, and in programs that build 21st-century skills are more than contributions to future UC Hastings lawyers. These investments are absolutely essential to UC Hastings’ leadership, its reputation, and its value to every alumni generation.
By investing now, we capture a unique moment in the history of the law school: This campaign is our opportunity to build on the bold moves UC Hastings has already made to strengthen its programs and its standing. Through our gifts, we can position the law school that gave us opportunity to reassert itself as a national leader—deepening its influence, raising its profile and its national rankings. We can equip UC Hastings to attract, educate, and inspire students and faculty who recognize opportunity—and leverage it to lead, innovate, teach, and serve.