Office of Development

Giving Opportunities

The John Marshall Law School is fortunate to have a strong financial endowment, which sustains the institution. Strong as this endowment is, however, it must be perpetually grown and nurtured to ensure that the law school's potential for great achievement is never limited by a lack of resources.

Establishing a Named Endowment
Establishing a named endowment is an excellent way of helping to ensure that the law school's potential for providing excellence in legal education is not limited by a lack of resources.

Contribute to an Existing Named Endowment
John Marshall is the steward and beneficiary of many endowments that support our students. Donors may choose to contribute to these established endowments.

Contribute to an Academic Program or Center for Excellence
The John Marshall Law School has established many Academic Programs and Center for Excellence which are leaders in their respective fields. Making a gift to one of these programs or centers supports these initiatives.

Memorials and Gifts in Tribute
A memorial gift to The John Marshall law School is a thoughtful way to honor the memory of a friend, colleague or loved one, express sympathy, or provide a tribute for some other special occasion.

Graduating Class Gift
Each graduating class has the opportunity to make a meaningful donation as a Class Gift to The John Marshall Law School.

Outright Gifts
The simplest, most common means of giving to The John Marshall Law School is to make a gift of cash, securities or personal property.

Make a Pledge
A pledge is an excellent demonstration of your committment to helping John Marshall advance its mission of providing access and opportunity. Your pledge allows you to choose what specific initiative you would like to support, for how long, and at what dollar amount.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities
Your gift of appreciated securities, such as stocks , bonds, shares in a mutual fund, or securities that you have owned for more than 12 months, impact John Marshall and gives you a charitabe income tax deduction at full market value, without any capital gains taxes.

Planned Gifts
Strange as it may sound, a gift of "startling significance" often can be made at very low cost. It's just a matter of planning what to give, how to give and when to give.

Cy Pres Award
Cy Pres awards are residual funds in class action cases (and occasionally in other types of proceedings like bankruptcy and probate matters) that, for any number of reasons, are unclaimed or cannot be distributed to the class members or beneficiaries who were the intended recipients.


Establishing a Named Endowment

Gifts to the endowment are critical because they provide the financial security of permanent funding that provides:

Student support
-academic and need-based scholarships, bar exam preparation

Faculty support
-faculty recruitment and development, endowed chairs, research
and travel grants

Program support
-honors programs, clinics, externships, moot court and trial
advocacy programs, student life activities

Facilities and technology support
-library, computer services, upgraded classrooms,
capital improvements

For any questions about this giving opportunity, please contact a John Marshall Law School Development Office staff member by calling 312.360.2663 or email development@jmls.edu.

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Memorials and Gifts in Tribute

A memorial gift to The John Marshall law School is a thoughtful way to honor the memory of a friend, colleague or loved one, to express sympathy or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. When you make a gift in tribute, a personalized card in acknowledgement is sent to the individual or family being honored. Gifts made in tribute are fully tax deductible.

For any questions about this giving opportunity, please contact a John Marshall Law School Development Office staff member by calling 312.360.2663, or email development@jmls.edu.

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Graduating Class Gift

Each graduating class has the opportunity to make a meaningful donation as a Class Gift to The John Marshall Law School. Graduates are asked to give an amount equal to their graduation year. For example, $20.09 to represent 2009. Class members vote to designate what the "class gift" will support, such as the General Scholarship Fund.

Each donor to the Class Gift is recognized in The Annual Report of the Dean. This publication is sent to thousands of prominent and influential John Marshall alumni and friends; having your name on this list is a great way to garner recognition as a recent graduate while at the same time contributing to the success of the school.

To contribute to the Graduating Class gift fund securely online, please click here.

As an alternative, you may send a check made payable to "The John Marshall Law School Office of Development".

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For any questions about the above giving opportunities, please contact a John Marshall Law School Development Office staff member by calling 312.360.2663 or email development@jmls.edu.

You may also send an inquiry by mail to:

The John Marshall Law School
Office of Development
315 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL 60604

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