New gifts allow NUSL to remain true to its core principles and continue to be a leader in innovative legal education. Endowed funds may be established to support scholarships, co-op stipends, the law library or any of our program areas. With a minimum gift of $50,000, an endowed fund may be created and named in honor of the donor or as directed. The income earned from this fund is used each year for the designated purpose. The list of endowed scholarships supporting the School of Law grows each year.
Expendable funds may be used for the same areas of need and can be established with a minimum gift of $10,000. Unlike endowed funds, there are no restrictions on the amount that can be spent in a given year from an expendable fund. To facilitate and encourage these significant gifts, the School of Law encourages multi-year pledges, payable over one to five years.
General Student Support
Tuition at Northeastern is now $38,400; 93 percent of our students require financial assistance; they receive on average only about $8,500 in scholarship support. They rely heavily on loans to cover the remainder of these costs. The average law school debt for students graduating from NUSL now exceeds $100,000. Many co-op employers (including judicial clerkships, government placements, advocacy groups, and criminal and civil legal services) are unable to pay their student interns. Moreover, post-graduate jobs outside large and medium-sized law firms pay, on average, less than $50,000 per year. These pressures pose a direct threat to the fulfillment of the school’s mission. We must provide increasing amounts of support to students.
Public Interest Student Support
Students motivated to do public interest law work are especially stymied by these financial realities. Not only are they more likely to pursue non paying co-ops, but they also earn less after graduation. Entry-level salaries in legal services, public defender and district attorney offices in Massachusetts range from $35,000-$50,000. Scholarship and loan deferral support are of critical importance to these graduates.
We seek to fund named faculty chairs in critical areas, including Experiential Lawyering and Corporate Social Responsibility, to create a new chair for the dean, to raise funds to support visiting faculty and current faculty research efforts.
Our goals require substantial support for programmatic efforts. New initiatives such as the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy build on our special model of legal education and build interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty and students. Our long-established institutes such as the Domestic Violence Institute and the Public Health Advocacy Institute also seek support for critical projects in Boston and around the world.