Supporting the Citizen-Lawyer Ideal

Since it was established as the nation’s first law school in 1779, William & Mary has been dedicated to preparing students to not only become skilled legal practitioners, but also emerge as citizens and leaders in their communities, states and nation — upholding the citizen-lawyer ideal of William & Mary alumnus Thomas Jefferson.

The Law School depends upon the generosity of alumni, friends and the legal community, among others, to help fulfill its mission. Thanks to private support, we are able to provide scholarship aid, attract and retain outstanding faculty, support student-sponsored civic leadership initiatives such as the George Wythe Society of Citizen Lawyers, and improve our educational resources, technology, and facilities.

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The Law School boasts an accomplished faculty whose members are not only nationally known legal scholars but also exceptional classroom teachers.  Innovative resources and programs include the McGlothlin Courtroom, the world's most technologically advanced educational trial and appellate courtroom; the Institute of Bill of Rights Law, with its signature Supreme Court Preview; and the state-of-the-art Wolf Law Library.

The spirit of the citizen lawyer is nurtured in students through opportunities for public service. Our summer public service fellowships enable students to assist non-profit and governmental organizations throughout the world. During the school year, our students also help individuals navigate the legal system through nine clinics and one practicum.  Our Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Veterans Benefits Clinic, for example, is helping our nation's servicemen and women to fully access their military benefits.

Scholarship Matching Gift Challenge

In October 2015, an anonymous donor made the largest gift the Law School has ever received, most of which is designated for student scholarships.

This gift provides the Law School with an extraordinary opportunity to expand the financial aid that we are able to provide to our students.  Such aid is critical, because it enables our students to pursue a broad range of career options without being burdened with large amounts of student debt.

In order for the Law School to enjoy the annual benefits of this gift, we must match it dollar for dollar with new gifts for student scholarships.  In short, we must raise $500,000 in student scholarship dollars by December 31 every year in order to meet the necessary match. 

Marshall-Wythe is grateful to alumni and friends whose support enables the nation's oldest law school to continue to lead the way forward.  We remain steadfast to our original mission of training exceptional lawyers who serve the greater good. 

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To mail your gift, please make checks payable to: 

The Marshall-Wythe School of Law Foundation

William & Mary Law School
P.O. Box 3527
Williamsburg, VA  23187-3527