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Northwestern School of Law Announces Fundraising Campaign
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Summary: The Northwestern University School of Law has announced a fundraising campaign that will help to increase financial aid for students at the school. 

Last week, Northwestern School of Law announced a campaign of $150 million. A little more than half of the funds will be for student financial aid, according to The Daily Northwestern.


The campaign is the largest in the history of the law school and it has already reached $67 million in donations. Of the total received, $80 million will be used to increase financial aid and offset the issue of student debt.

“While a first-rate legal education remains an expensive proposition, we remain committed to reducing the overall financial burden on our students,” Daniel Rodriguez, dean of the School of Law,said in a press release. “This is important to maintain our competitive position — and it is simply the right thing to do.”

In each of the last two school years, the tuition at the law school has increased by just three percent, which is another effort for Rodriguez to lessen the burden of student debt. This increase in tuition was the smallest at the law school in the last 40 years. In 2013, Rodriguez said that he would increase financial aid for students by 25 percent over the next two school years.

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There has been no end date set for the fundraising effort by the law school. It is a section of the University’s $3.75 billion “We Will” capital campaign that was announced in March of this year. Some money raised by the law school will be used for social justice projects, law-technology initiatives and updates to curriculum.

In December, the law school received its largest donation in history when Northwestern University trustee Neil Bluhm donated $15 million. Bluhm graduated from the law school in 1962. In July of 2013, J. Landis Martin and his wife donated $10 million to the law school. Martin graduated from the school in 1973.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic will receive $15 million from the campaign and $10 million will be set aside for global initiatives.

The last time the law school had a fundraising event it lasted from 1997 to 2003 and raised $78 million.




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