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A $10 million donation — its largest to date — has helped the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law exceed its goal of raising $100 million in a capital campaign launched three years ago. The school expected the fundraising push to take five years, but the gift from alumnus Lowell Milken helped take the effort over the top, university officials said. The success comes at a time when California’s public universities are struggling with significant cuts in state support. “This critical campaign and transformative gift from Lowell Milken shows that our students, alumni and friends share the vision and values that define us as a great public law school, and their ongoing support will help us to overcome the often dour predictions prompted by the state and national budget crisis,” said Dean Rachel Moran. Milken, who obtained his juris doctor degree from UCLA in 1973, is the co-founder of early childhood education company Knowledge Universe and chairman of property development firm Heron international. Additionally, Milken is the chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, which supports education reform. His gift will be used to establish the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy, which focus on “innovative research, hands-on skills training and real-world problem solving,” according to the law school. The Milken Institute is one of four programs and centers founded with money raised during the $100 million campaign. That effort has also doubled the number of endowed chairs at the law school, increased scholarships and public interest funding, and paid for several new rooms within the law school. More than 30% of alumni participated in the campaign, according to the law school. “At a time when our state’s great universities are under significant financial pressure and constraints, it is incumbent upon those of us who benefited greatly from our educational experiences within the UC system to help support the outstanding work of these universities,” Milken said. Contact Karen Sloan at [email protected].

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