Seton Hall Law Rising Capital Campaign on Track to Exceed Objectives by Campaign Close in June 2011
Endowed Faculty Chairs, Scholarships, Educational Enhancements and Facilities Upgrades Underway Annual Giving Increased Five-Fold since Campaign Launch
Newark, NJ – Six months away from its anticipated close, a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign intended to bolster academic programs, endowed faculty chairs and student scholarships, as well as facility renovations and technology upgrades at Seton Hall Law School has almost reached its goal, schools officials say. "We are closing in on our goal of $25 million," Law School Dean Patrick E. Hobbs said in a recent interview. The Law School campaign, Seton Hall Law Rising, started five years ago, is slated to end on June 30, 2011. "By that time, we will have raised well over our goal," Hobbs says.
Of the almost $25 million raised thus far, $14 million has been committed in support of endowed faculty chairs and research fellowships and student scholarships, the remainder going to provide for educational programs, facility upgrades, general endowment and a robust annual fund.
Hobbs says he hopes that the campaign will meet its goal of $5 million for additional student financial aid. "We have made student financial aid a very high priority for our future," says the dean. The campaign set a goal to create 40 new scholarships, half of which are endowed. To date, 35 new scholarships have been funded. In addition, Hobbs is grateful for the tremendous growth in Law School’s annual fund, known as the Fund for Seton Hall Law. Since the campaign began, support for the Fund for Seton Hall Law has increased five-fold, thanks in much part to a revitalized class reunion program. Gifts to the Fund for Seton Hall Law provide the vital resources that allow Seton Hall Law to remain competitive, attracting the best students and increasing the value of the Seton Hall Law degree. “The need for annual giving will continue beyond the campaign,” notes Hobbs, “as tuition dollars alone cannot support today’s legal education.”
Hobbs credits much of the success of the campaign to the talented campaign leaders and the support of many alumni and friends, including corporations and foundations. The Seton Hall Law Rising campaign volunteer leadership includes Co-Chairs Joseph P. LaSala ’72 and Patrick C. Dunican, Jr. ’91, along with a campaign leadership team comprised of many Seton Hall alumni and friends. "Our terrific campaign leadership helped to solidify the commitment among alumni to give back to Seton Hall Law. They see the value of the top-quality education that we provide to our students, who in turn bring great value to the business community and beyond,” notes Hobbs. “The success of the campaign and the deepening commitment of our alumni bode well for the future of Seton Hall Law," he says.
According to Hobbs a formal celebration of the campaign’s success is planned for September 2011.
Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey's only private law school and a leading law school in the New York metropolitan area, is dedicated to preparing students for the practice of law through excellence in scholarship and teaching, with a strong focus on clinical education. Founded in 1951, Seton Hall Law School is located in Newark and offers both day and evening degree programs. For more information visit law.shu.edu.