Making a Leadership Gift

More information about Leadership Gift opportunities

Contact Mitchell’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 651-290-6375
Linda K. Berg
Vice President

Cheryl Nelson ’82
Development Officer

Paul DeGeest
Development Officer

Visit Mitchell’s Gift Planning website

You can support the If Not for Mitchell Campaign by making a Leadership Gift that supports three targeted areas:

Students: an investment in our future.

Mitchell has long been the law school of choice for motivated people seeking a flexible, engaged legal education grounded in practical wisdom. As the cost of legal education rises and the competition among law schools becomes more intense, we need to strengthen our financial aid support for students. While Mitchell’s tuition is below the national average, it’s currently more than $36,000 a year. We work to keep costs in line, but financial support for students is critical.

The goal

Raise $10 million to increase access to Mitchell’s grounded, practical education by doubling the number of students receiving philanthropic scholarships—for need and merit.

Professors: the Lifeblood of our college.

Mitchell’s renowned faculty are the driving force behind our reputation, impact, and innovation. Our professors’ engagement with the profession, service to the community, and scholarly publications enrich their teaching and mentoring, shape the curriculum, and add value to the civic life of our region and beyond. But over the past decade, Mitchell has lost top professors—often to endowed positions at other law schools.

The goal

Raise $7.5 million to recruit and retain top faculty by creating endowed faculty positions.

Innovation: separating leaders from followers.

Prestigious national groups—from the Carnegie Foundation to the American Bar Association—press legal education to transform itself by integrating skills with doctrine and by being accountable for educational outcomes that add value to the profession and society. Mitchell’s heritage of practical legal education makes us a leader on both counts, but if we’re going to stay on the cutting edge, we need to build on that foundation, by expanding our marquee experiential public service programs and curricular innovation. Our endowment of more than $20 million, less than most U.S. law schools, limits our ability to invest in the future.

The goal

Raise $7.5 million to invest in innovative programs and an expansion of our experiential education.