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Partners in Excellence Annual Fund

For more than 125 years, the University of Minnesota Law School has been a leader in legal education. Supporters like you make that leadership position possible. Contributing to the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund each year is an important way to celebrate the Law School’s history and ensure its ongoing success. 

The Partners in Excellence Annual Fund provides immediate support to the Law School’s annual operating budget. With each new fiscal year comes a new operating budget, and with each new operating budget comes the need for renewed annual support. The Partners in Excellence Annual Fund represents not just a handful of large gifts, but leverages the power of literally thousands of gifts of all sizes. Each year, the collective support of our alumni and friends makes a real difference in the life of the Law School and our students.

Thank you for your ongoing support and for being our partner in ensuring the Law School’s continued excellence.

Annual Giving Levels

$1-$249           Contributor
$250-$499       Sustainer
$500-$1,999    Advocate

William B. Lockhart Club—Leadership Annual Giving Levels

Annual giving by our Lockhart Club members—donors who contribute $2,000 or more in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30)—is recognized in many ways, from acknowledgment in printed materials to signage in the Law School to special receptions with the Dean, visiting scholars, and guest lecturers.

$2,000-$4,999       Lockhart Club Member
$5,000-$9,999       Dean’s Circle
$10,000 and up     Fraser Scholar’s Society

For more information, please visit the Lockhart Club page.

Lockhart Associates (Graduates of the Past Decade)

Lockhart Associates is a recognition program for alumni who have graduated from the Law School in the last ten years. It’s simple: All you have to do to become a member is donate $100 to the Law School in recognition of each year since you graduated. (i.e., one year post-grad: $100, two years post-grad: $200, ten years post-grad: $1,000).

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund support?

Unrestricted annual gifts made by alumni and friends help support the Law School’s most pressing needs. These funds are in large part committed to critical areas such as student scholarships, clinics, journals, the Law Library, student organizations, and faculty support. Donors do have the option to direct their Partners in Excellence gift toward one of the core purposes listed above, but cannot make any additional restrictions on their gifts. The funds contributed are immediately available for use ot support the Law School’s current operations.

With state support rapidly disappearing, the Law School relies on Partners in Excellence to pick up where endowment income and tuition revenue leave off, providing both core support and the flexibility to take advantage of opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Why is the Annual Fund so important to the Law School?

Every day University of Minnesota Law School students tackle a challenging curriculum, learn from distinguished faculty, and create life-long personal and professional connections. Every day our alumni benefit from their high-caliber legal education as well as the continued recognition and success of the Law School. One gift every year has an exponential impact on our resources. For example, an annual gift of $5,000 (from one person or several people combined) is equivalent to the yearly income from an endowment over $110,000. Your gift—of any amount—goes a long way every day.

Giving through this channel also has collateral benefits: Alumni participation in the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund is the measuring stick for alumni satisfaction with the quality of the legal education received and serves as a vital endorsement among prospective students and faculty. One gift every year advances the Law School’s professional excellence and stature in the community, while demonstrating your personal commitment and professional gratitude.

When should I make my gift?

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

How can I make a gift to the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund?

To learn more, click here.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about the Partners in Excellence Annual Fund?

Contact Dinah Zebot, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, at (612) 626-8671 or

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