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Support Duke Law through the Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund reflect the combined strength of everyone who is committed to helping Duke Law School thrive and allow the Dean to address the current needs of the school, support our dynamic interdisciplinary programs and initiatives, and provide scholarship assistance to our gifted students. These unrestricted contributions are crucial to maintaining and enriching the Duke Law experience.

Your Annual Fund dollars support all aspects of educating a student at Duke including:


Thank you to the 2,900 alumni and friends who have already supported the Duke Law students and faculty with a gift to the Annual Fund this year.

Best wishes,

Kate Shivar and Lauren Rice
The Duke Law Annual Giving Staff


Your Impact

When each of us rises to the occasion and supports the Annual Fund, we are securing the future of Duke Law among the top Law schools in the nation.

Importance of Annual Fund dollars

The Annual Fund, which netted $2.93 million in fiscal year 2016, is particularly important to Duke because the Law School has a smaller endowment than most of the schools with which it competes for students and faculty. Because of its smaller endowment, Duke Law School relies on Annual Fund dollars to pick up where endowment income and tuition revenue leave off to address the School's most pressing needs. For example, Annual Fund dollars might be used to recruit new faculty, to offer financial assistance to qualified students who might otherwise be unable to attend Duke, or to support a new clinical offering.

Does every gift make a difference?

Absolutely! A gift to the Duke Law Annual Fund - at any amount - helps the Law School reach its participation goal. Participation is important because it sends a message to potential students and funders that Duke Law School graduates appreciate the degree they received at Duke. Participation also inspires other classmates to give and helps alums and friends feel connected to the Law School. Many businesses also offer matching gift programs that can significantly increase the size of any gift. Learn more about matching gifts.

What does my gift do?

  • $100-Will aid a student's participation in the Dedicated to Durham community service project
  • $500-Will help subsidize the student-initiated Sports & Entertainment Symposium.
  • $1,000-Will support a lunch speaker on terrorism and national security issues.
  • $2,500-Will fund one of the eight top-ranked Duke Law journals for a semester.

Giving Societies

What is the Barrister Donor Society?
The Barrister Donor Society is the Law School's Leadership giving society.

Advocate Gift Club
Created in 2004, as the Samuel F. Mordecai Society, a renamed the Advocate Gift Club in 2014, this club recognizes donors who contribute $1,000 - $2,499 to the Law School annually.

Learn more about Giving Societies

How to Give

Gifts to the Annual Fund are accepted year-round, and can be made with a credit card online, with a check mailed to Duke Law School, 210 Science Dr., Box 90389, Durham, NC 27708, by telephone at 919-613-7012 or 888-LAW-ALUM, or with a transfer of stock. For information about making a gift of stock, please email or contact Binta Watkins 919-684-2338.

When should I support the Annual Fund?
The Duke Law Annual Fund operates on a fiscal year that begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. Making a gift early in the fiscal year relieves the Law School of the need, and cost, of sending reminders throughout the year and saves you from being solicited multiple times. Many alumni prefer to make their gift at the end of the calendar year to take advantage of the IRS tax benefit.

The Annual Fund also has long term giving options that limit the number of solicitations you receive and allows you to support your alma mater in a consistent manner.

Support the Annual Fund