Campaign for Boalt Hall

The Campaign for Boalt Hall was a great success. We surpassed our goal of $125 million, raising much-needed funds for financial aid; faculty recruitment and retention; academic programs, clinics and research centers; and a modern, new addition to our facilities. We couldn't have done it without the unprecedented support of our loyal alumni and friends. All of this helped to bring Boalt on par with our peer schools.

But our needs remain as urgent as ever. Your ongoing support is vital to the law school as we puruse our public mission and move forward with additional objectives.   

The $125 million Campaign for Boalt Hall was focused on:

Unrestricted Giving

Boalt 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 Aid

In 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 Retention

Boalt 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 Centers

Boalt 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.

Construction and Renovation

The law school is growing at an unprecedented pace, with each year bringing more faculty, courses, clinical programs, and research initiatives.  Bur our aging complex cannot meet the increasing urgent need for space.  We decided to tackle this problem on two fronts.  First, we’re transforming 25,000 square feet within our existing facility—upgrading classrooms, lecture halls, and seminar rooms, plus creating faculty offices and vibrant collaborative space for students. Second, we are constructing a building on the south side of our site that will house most of the library, as well as new classrooms and informal space for students and faculty. The goal: to create a law school complex commensurate with the quality of the work that occurs within it.