Campaign for Boalt Hall
The $125 million Campaign for Boalt Hall is focused on:
Download the Campaign Case Statement here.
Unrestricted GivingBoalt must be nimble to deliver the education, scholarship, and outreach required of a premier law school in an increasingly fast-paced environment. While gifts designated to fund specific projects and programs are essential, unrestricted gifts are also vitally important because they provide an immediate infusion of cash that gives Dean Edley the flexibility to seize unforeseen opportunities and address unanticipated urgencies.
Financial AidIn 2004, Boalt developed a new investment strategy to overhaul its financial aid operation. In doing so, we solidified our commitment to ensuring access for all admitted students and freedom of career choice for our service-minded graduates. Over the past six years, the school has steadily increased its annual expenditures for financial aid, load forgiveness, and summer fellowships. Today, we return 24% of total tuition to students through financial aid.
Faculty Recruitment and RetentionBoalt Hall professors are superb teachers, and many are internationally recognized experts in wide-ranging specialties: Because teaching is at the heart of our enterprise and Boalt had fallen substantially below its peers in its student/faculty ratio, Dean Edley made a strategic decision in 2004 to grow our faculty ranks by 40%. Since then, we have added 40 top scholars—enabling us to broaden our curriculum, provide more individual instruction, and expand our already ambitious research and service agenda.
Now that we’ve reached our recruitment goal, we must shift our focus to retention. With salary freezes and budget uncertainties fresh in mind, both new hires and seasoned veterans can be susceptible to generous offers from our better-funded peers.
We need to establish faculty chairs that will enable us to recognize and reward our top scholars and the next generation of star faculty to Boalt.
Academic Programs, Clinics and Research CentersBoalt Hall is building professionals capable of integrating law, business, politics, finance, the social sciences, and the humanities—with an emphasis on both excellence and ethics. Boalt offers numerous combined degree-programs with other institutions, and concurrent-degree programs with a dozen schools and departments at UC Berkeley.
Experience counts heavily with employers, and our clinical programs allow students to put theory into practice. The clinics are directed by full-time faculty who are renowned experts in their fields. Classroom seminars provide a vital foundation in relevant law and practices, and hands-on client casework to build pragmatic skills.
One way we make good on our dedication to serving the public interest is through the results-oriented research of our centers and institutes. Our eight major think tanks—six created in the past four years—are exploiting their uniquely advantageous position within the world’s premier research university.