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Giving Opportunities


While academics are at the core of any college education, there are a number of other areas at the Law College that enhance the student experience beyond the classroom. Your gift further strengthens our programs, facilities, and faculty research and outreach. Whatever program or giving opportunity you choose to support, your gift fosters excellence in legal education at MSU College of Law.

Giving opportunities include:

  • Student scholarships
  • Academic programs
  • Faculty research and professorships
  • Student programs
  • Clinic programs
  • Endowments
  • Unrestricted

(If you make a gift online, by mail or phone, please designate how your gift should be used or give as unrestricted, which allows the dean to allocate it to the area of greatest need.)

Here are more details about ways to give to MSU College of Law

Endowed Deanships

The selection of individuals to the leadership of MSU colleges is an academic process carried out by the Office of the Provost.  The provost may use expendable amounts from an endowment that names a deanship to supplement the salary of a dean and to support his or her academic outreach endeavors. 

Endowed Department Chairmanships or Directorships

The selection of individuals for executive positions in departments, schools, centers, or institutes is an academics process carried out by the relevant colleges with the approval of the Office of the Provost.  The relevant dean and the provost may use expendable amounts from an endowment gift that names these positions or to supplement the salary of a department chairman or the director of a school, center, or institute and/or to support his or her academic endeavors.

Endowed Chairs

Creating an endowed faculty position (Chair) is one of the best ways to attract leading professors who want to work in a world-class institution that recognizes their accomplishments and supports their scholarly ambitions, research and related funding. A gift to endow a Chair will permit the College of Law to recruit a new professor who would be the first endowed Chair on the faculty. This gift can be named to support a distinguished professor in a specific area of study or can be an effective recruiting tool for stellar faculty.

Endowed Professorships

A named professorship award can be used to recruit, retain, or recognize outstanding faculty.  The supporting endowments provide expendable amounts that can be used to support the salary of the recipient and/or the expenses of his or her teaching, research, or service activities.

Endowed Fellows

A named fellow award can be used to recruit, retain, or recognize faculty early in their academic careers.  The endowment will provide expendable amounts that can be used to support the salary of the recipient and/or the expenses of his or her teaching, research, or service activities.

Visiting Professorships

Endowed funds supporting visiting professorships provide expendable amounts that can be used for salary supplements or academic expenses for a specified period while a visiting professor is pursuing academic activities at MSU College of Law.

Visiting Lectureships

Endowed funds supporting visiting lectureships provide expendable amounts that can be used for expenses and fees for a visiting lecturer, whose visit might range from one day to two weeks.

Scholarships & Student Awards

To offset the cost of tuition, which is more than $32,000 annually, scholarships are essential. Scholarships ease the way for students who need funding to pursue their goal of earning a law degree. Many of our scholarships are endowed, which provides for growth of the principle while ensuring that tuition assistance is available for students in need. We also invite donors to fund merit scholarships, so we can draw from educationally gifted and accomplished students. Donors who choose to endow a scholarship can help set up the criteria to whom the scholarship can be extended.  Annual expendable scholarships can also be given a designation by the donor.

High-tech, well-designed facilities

Teaching students to communicate legal matters with the aid of advanced technology is a strength at MSU College of Law. One example is the Clif and Carolyn Haley Moot Courtroom used by students in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute. This room features a state-of-the-art communications system with video screens, microphones, speakers and other technology that helps law students conduct mock trials. High-tech equipment includes monitors to show detailed evidence, video conferencing to connect with experts from around the world, and interactive computer systems for greater student engagement with faculty. Major gifts help create and sustain such learning environments.

International Law Programs

Our students must have the capacity to become global leaders. A pioneer in developing international law programs and student-faculty exchanges, MSU College of Law has student and faculty programs in Canada, Mexico, Poland, China and Lithuania.  An increasing number of foreign students from all continents come here to study law. By sharing legal knowledge and bridging differences in cultures, politics and business practices, we intend to become a premier institution for international law opportunities.

Clinical Programs

We provide students with the foundation of academic and theoretical education, bolstered by real-world experience in how law applies to various situations. We have created clinics in family and child advocacy law, immigration, housing, small business and non-profit law, and tax law.  Two new clinics in plea & sentencing and immigration law are being developed. Students gain hands-on experience in representing such clients while still in law school. We plan to expand these clinics to offer greater opportunity to students. This requires moving the clinics from their current rented space to a new location that offers comfort and convenience, making it more attractive for students and the clients with whom they interact.  If you are interested in supporting a new clinic building, please call Tina Kashat Casoli at 517/432-6842.

Specialized Academic Programs

To prepare students for the trend toward specialized practice areas, we have supplemented the general practice of law with focused academic programs in Litigation, Business, Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property, Family Law, Regulated Industries, Tax, Indian Law, Criminal Practice and Public Interest Law.  The Law College is also creating centers of excellence in the areas of Indigenous Law & Policy, Intellectual Property (IP), and Legal Ethics. The greater the investment placed in these programs, the broader their impact will be on both students and the communities served.

We invite your support in these efforts

Each of these programs needs support. Naming opportunities are available. We can work with you to ensure that the timing and funding of your gift matches your financial timeframe. MSU College of Law has an obligation to educate students in the practice of law so they can seek justice for and protect the legal rights of future clients. The results of legal cases are often transformational, which is a gratifying outcome for preparing students well. Be assured that your investment in our programs will yield positive results for years to come.

Naming Opportunities

Law College Naming Opportunities
Law College Per Discussion
Building-wide Technology $1,000,000
Fourth Floor $1,000,000
First, Second or Third Floor $750,000
Trustee/Alumni Board Room Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Castle
Large Classroom Irvin and June Yackness (2), L.D. and Frances MacLean & Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Castle
Deans’ Suite $500,000
Admissions Suite $300,000
Career Services Suite $300,000
Computer Lab $250,000
Distance Learning Classroom $250,000
DCL Heritage Gallery $250,000
Registrar’s Office $200,000
Small Classroom (4) $250,000
Deans’ Conference Room Professor Emeritus Edward J. Littlejohn
Office of Advancement
Front Entrance Lobby $300,000
Seminar Room (4) $250,000
Student Organization Suite David and Pat Sparrow
Communications Suite $200,000
Law Review Office Lilyan I. Marx Estate
Journal of Medicine and Law Office $100,000
Journal of International Law Office $100,000
Student Bar Association Janet H. Richwine
Student Lounge (2) In Memory of John A. Downs & Consumers Energy Foundation
Faculty Office $100,000
Faculty Lounge $100,000
Staff Lounge $100,000
RWA Office $25,000
Career Interview Room $25,000
Student Organization Office $20-25,000
Law Library
Law Library John F. Schaefer
Legal Periodical Collection of the Library $300,000
Library Administration Suite $250,000
Law Library Reading Room $250,000
Library Microtext Room $100,000
Head Librarian Office $75,000
Library Conference Room $75,000
Rare Book Room $50,000
Reference/Circulation Desk Richard Heiss
Librarian Office (7) $25-40,000
Library Staff Room $25,000
Library Group Conference Room (5) $25,000
Mr. and Mrs. Philip F. Greco, Albert Lopatin, David M. Miro, & Jerry and Justine Raymond
Library Open Staircase $25,000
Library Copy Room $15,000
Circulation Workspace In Memory of Irving B. Ackerman
Study Carrel in Library (164) $5,000
Moot Court
Moot Court Room Clif and Carolyn Haley
Moot Court Office Norman and Beverly Lippitt
Moot Court Judge’s Bench Peter J. Lucido
Moot Court Jury Box Judge and Mrs. Thomas and Helen Van Tiem
Moot Court Judge’s Chair (3) $25,000
Mr. and Mrs. Bart A. Lewis
Chairs for Defense and Plaintiff Tables in Moot Court (6) $25,000
Margaret A. Costello, Charles E. Langton, Daniel M. Clark, Simkins & Simkins PC, & Jules B. Olsman and Barbara L. Grossman Olsman
Chairs for Bailiffs, Witness, and Recorder (4) $25,000
Moot Court Podium Marvin Novick
Seat in Moot Court Room (60) $10,000
Academic Naming Opportunities
Endowed Deanship
Endowed Department Chair or Directorship
Endowed Chair
Endowed Professorship
Endowed Fellow
Visiting Professor
Visiting Lecturer
Scholarships & Student Awards

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