The south entrance to the UCLA School of Law on the campus of the University of California in Westwood.
The south entrance to the UCLA School of Law on the campus of the University of California in Westwood. (Coolcaesar via Wikipedia)

The University of California at Los Angeles School of Law is embarking on an ambitious $150 million fundraising campaign in hopes of bolstering student scholarships, attracting top faculty, devising curricular innovations and supporting research and outreach.

It is the largest such campaign in the law school’s history, and part of an even larger fundraising push by the central university dubbed the Centennial Campaign for UCLA.

“Throughout our history, we have empowered our students and graduates to make a difference in the world,” law dean Rachel Moran said. “To ensure our ongoing stature as one of the nation’s leading law schools and to uphold our commitment as a great public law school, we must continue to invest in training for leadership as well as impactful research that addresses society’s most pressing challenges.”

The law school has already secured more than $45 million in donations during the early phase of the campaign. Among those major gifts:

• Alumnus and businessman Charles Williams has donated $5.5 million to the Williams Institute, which focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. The institute was established in 2001 with a $2.5 million donation from Williams. To date, he has given more than $13 million to the institute.

• The Resnick Family Foundation has given $5 million to establish the Resnick Program for Food and Policy.

• The Lowell Milken Family Foundation has pledged $5.2 million to help expand the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy, founded in 2011 with a gift from alumnus Lowell Milken.

The school has also secured numerous million-dollar donations to support its institute on climate change and to bolster student scholarships.

“Our graduates are changing the legal landscape,” Moran said. “They are dedicated to the profession and committed to giving back. It is imperative that we continue to produce lawyers who go on to distinguish themselves personally and professionally. In order to do so, we need to compete successfully for the best and brightest students and the most distinguished faculty members.”

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Note: This story has been changed since originally published. UCLA now says that it has raised $45 million toward its goal.