William and Mary Law School

Frequently Asked Questions

The Law School is state-supported.  Why should I give?

The Law School receives approximately 8.5% of its budget from the Commonwealth of Virginia.  While this support is important, it does not bridge the gap between the cost of a top legal education and current tuition.  To attract great applicants, we seek to keep tuition low, while retaining excellent teaching faculty.  This is why your support is so vital!

How much does it cost to attend the Law School?

Tuition & fees for the Law School are considered a bargain for the excellent legal preparation that today’s law students receive.  For 2013-2014, it costs $29,000 for Virginia residents and $38,000 for out-of-state residents.  Tuition at peer law schools is often $40,000 or more.

Does the Law School award financial aid and student scholarships?

Fifty-four percent of our law students received scholarships or fellowships during 2012-2013 academic year.  Approximately $6.2 million in scholarships and fellowships, were disbursed to our J.D. students. 

Why is giving each year important?

Annual gifts allow the Law School to meet its most pressing needs such as scholarships, library resources and support for student organizations and journals.  Marshall-Wythe currently raises nearly $2 million in private support each year to help bridge the gap between tuition, state funding and the cost of providing an outstanding legal education.  Without this support, the Law School would struggle to maintain its national ranking.  Additionally, the level of participation is important.  High alumni participation in annual giving sends a strong message to prospective students and faculty, as well as to our peer institutions, that William & Mary Law School’s graduates are loyal and their law school’s continued success is a priority.

Why make a five-year pledge to the class gift?

Every gift, no matter the level, is important.  A commitment to give each year between reunions allows the Law School to budget more accurately.  Alumni who make multi-year pledges will not be asked for additional gifts until their pledges are completed.

When is Alumni Weekend 2014?

Save the dates of April 11th and 12th 2014!  Come and celebrate with your law school classmates from 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009.  Come to Williamsburg to renew friendships and reconnect with your classmates, law professors and administrators.  Don’t miss this fun weekend!  For more information, visit Alumni Weekend 2014.

How can I make a pledge to my Class Gift?

Click here to make a pledge.