Invest in the Future of Denver Law
As Denver’s only law school, the Sturm College of Law provides students with unparalleled access to one of the nation’s most vibrant and dynamic legal markets. With more than 17,000 graduates, Sturm College of Law in Denver not only teaches students to think like lawyers, but the practical skills necessary to practice as a lawyer. We continue to provide our students with the best possible education and help them secure outstanding employment outcomes upon graduation. From annual gifts that make an immediate impact to endowed gifts that last for generations, contributions to Denver Law serve as an investment in preparing ethical lawyers to meet the needs of a changing society.Make Your Online Gift
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Denver Law Fund
Making a gift to Denver Law is an investment in the future.
The Denver Law Fund backs the Sturm College of Law’s most important strategic initiatives. Whether it is tackling the cost of law school attendance or innovating our curriculum, the fund allows us to be creative in providing an outstanding legal education and offering opportunities for our students.
Faculty Excellence Fund
Support faculty research, teaching, and public engagement.
The Faculty Excellence Fund supports the research, teaching, and public engagement of faculty members, with particular emphasis on fields bearing on the current pandemic, such as public health, civil rights and civil liberties, equal protection, and economic opportunity.
Social Justice Fund
Support for initiatives that advance social justice.
The Social Justice Fund raises financial support for initiatives that advance social justice, including programs, clinics, externships, and postgraduate fellowships that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and economic opportunity.
You can help make law school aspirations a reality for a wide variety of students.
Full-ride scholarship opportunities such as the Sturm Law Scholars Program and Chancellor’s Scholars Program, as well as the many others available for first-year and continuing students, make law school and legal career dreams a reality.
Graduate Tax Program
Leading the nation in interdisciplinary education of tax professionals.
For more than 40 years, the graduate tax program has led the nation in the interdisciplinary education of tax professionals. Demand for the program’s graduates continues to increase, and we pride ourselves on providing various scholarship opportunities thanks to generous donations of our supporters.
We are preparing ethical lawyers and legal professionals through innovative experiential learning to meet the needs of a changing society.
Experiential learning has defined our culture for more than a century. We prioritize our students, and we are dedicated to providing the practical skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. Denver Law's clinical program offers students the opportunity to learn about lawyering skills in the real world with clients who face a variety of issues for which they might not otherwise have legal representation.
Law Leadership Circle
Giving Society for the Sturm College of Law
Leadership gifts are crucial to building a stronger college and to supporting the experiences of our law students and faculty. Your investment makes an immediate impact on the students, faculty, and mission of the law school. As the giving society for the Sturm College of Law, the Law Leadership Circle recognizes annual support to our strategic priorities. To celebrate and acknowledge their value to the college, we invite you to join this special group of donors who support the college at a leadership level.
Members have the opportunity to interact with Sturm College of Law leaders and other supporters who share their excitement and commitment to our vision. Law Leadership Circle members are invited to:
- An exclusive annual donor event hosted by the college and Dean Bruce Smith during the fall semester
- An invitation to our annual Scholarship Dinner during the spring semester
- Special invitations to signature college and Denver University events
We encourage all of our donors to make a gift at a level where they feel they can make a difference. Below are examples of some of the impact levels and uses of our Denver Law Fund that also qualify for our Law Leadership Circle. Gifts at these amounts are not limited to the areas below, but help provide some ideas for the priorities of the Sturm College of Law.
$10,000 Sponsor the cutting-edge research of a Sturm College of Law faculty member for the year
$7,500 Support one of the Law School’s programmatic initiatives, in areas such as Corporate & Commercial Law, Environmental & Natural Resources Law, Health Law and Policy, Intellectual Property Law, Sports Law & Policy, Tax Law, Technology Law, or Workplace Law
$5,000 Sponsor a graduate in a postgraduate judicial fellowship, working under the supervision of an experienced state court judge and contributing to the public good
$2,500 Sponsor a student in a paid summer externship at a non-profit or governmental employer
$1,000 Subsidize the costs of a graduating student’s admission to a state bar
Ways to Give
Make a Gift Online
Make your gift instantly and securely with a credit card.
Please make your check payable to Sturm College of Law (SCOL) and note where you would like your gift applied. Mail to:
University of Denver
P.O. Box 910585
Denver, CO 80291-0585
Please be sure to note on your check or your online gift that you direct your gift to SCOL and the specific fund, if any, to which you want your gift applied.
- Memorial & Honorariums
You may name Denver Law as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts can include a bequest, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts or life insurance. Once you complete your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the Pioneer Legacy Society.
IRA Charitable Rollover
Donors age 70 1/2 and older are eligible to make IRA rollover gifts of up to $100,000 to Denver Law. Funds are transferred directly from the IRA administrator to DU, so the contribution is not included in the donor's gross income and can count toward the donor's minimum distribution requirement.
Stock & Wire Transfers
Learn the details about giving appreciated stock and wire transfers to Denver Law.
DU Planned Giving
Thank you for your interest in exploring different ways to support Denver Law and the students we serve and educate. At the DU Planned Giving website, you can learn great ways to benefit you and your family while also benefiting Denver Law.
Find Your Named Fund: Three Easy Steps
1. Go to the DU Giving website.
2. Scroll down and click on the big box “Click here for more options.”
3. Type in your fund in the search function at the top of the window that pops up.
What are the fund minimums to establish a scholarship?
Creating a scholarship is one of the most important ways that you can assist students and leave a legacy at Denver Law School. It is also a meaningful way to honor family and friends.
Named Current Use Scholarship
Current-use scholarships have an immediate impact on Denver Law students. Every dollar donated goes directly to a student in need. The combination of multiple gifts to the Scholarship Fund enables the law school to provide more financial aid to students. These gifts ensure that every deserving student, regardless of his or her financial situation, has the opportunity to attend Denver Law.
To create a named current use scholarship, the fund minimum is $25,000. This amount can be reached with a one-time gift or by making a pledge that can be spread out over five years.
Named Endowed Scholarship
Endowed scholarships are designed to be permanent and can be created with gifts totaling a minimum of $50,000. You can also designate a scholarship gift in your estate plans.
An endowed gift is one whose donor has stipulated that the gift principal should be invested in perpetuity and will be a permanent fund. As a result, only the annual payout from the endowed fund may be expended for the purpose designated by the donor, at a rate set in the Consolidated Endowment Fund (currently 4.5%). To create a named endowed scholarship, the fund minimum is $50,000. This amount can be reached with a one-time gift or by making a pledge that can be spread out over 5 years.
- How are endowed funds invested at DU?
What is the Campaign Assessment and how does it support the University of Denver?
The campaign investment fund provides a sustainable revenue stream to help to ensure the growth of the University’s global engagement and fundraising efforts. The fund is maintained with an annual set distribution of University reserves and by a 5% assessment on philanthropic donations.