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Class Gift

Each year the graduating class comes together to continue a tradition of philanthropy at USF School of Law. Graduating 3Ls and 4Ls create a legacy for their class and help future students for years to come.

2014 Class Gift Campaign

Dear Members of the Class of 2014,

With graduation just a few weeks away, allow me to congratulate you on all you have accomplished.  You have worked hard and have much to celebrate.  As I complete my first year as your Dean, I can see that the hard work of our faculty and staff with you is already showing results.  Among our many improvements, our July 2013 bar pass rate jumped 5 points to 75% while other law schools declined.  Our employment rate is up by nearly 50%.  We have made significant progress since the start of the school year, which has helped to put each of you on stronger footing as you graduate.  As a class, you are all moving forward with a solid education and effective job seeking strategies in the competitive California market.

This is the time for each of you to look forward – to think of next steps in your lives and in your professional careers and to move towards those goals.  As you reach these goals, I ask that you also consider the 1Ls who will be walking through the doors of Kendrick in just a few months.  You understand their experience better than anyone else because it’s still so fresh in your minds.  

We are asking that you consider a gift to the Class of 2014 Scholarship, which will directly benefit one incoming 1L student.  Whatever amount you raise, 100% of it will go directly to that new student.  You have all benefited from the generosity of alumni, but this is the very first opportunity that a graduating class will help support an incoming student in this way.

Think of what it would mean to have your class cheering him or her on, reminding this new student that as you enter the ranks of our alumni who have helped to create and advance opportunities for your class, you are already carrying it forward.

I hope you will join your class in leaving your mark on the future of our school of law – one 1L at a time.  Thank you.  


John Trasviña

FAQs About the Campaign

Where does the money go?

The Class of 2014 has a unique and exciting opportunity to give a scholarship that goes directly to an incoming 1L student.  No matter the amount raised, 100% of it will go to that student.

Why should I support the Class Gift Campaign?

Guided by our Jesuit mission, we are, “men and women for others.”  Even though we may have tight budgets as we graduate, we can still begin a lifestyle of generosity and philanthropy. 

Additionally, our contributions have power.  If our class has a high participation rate, it speaks to our satisfaction with the school’s faculty, facilities and overall quality. As a result, our giving helps to influence the school’s rankings and also encourages other alumni to give.  

Why is participation so important?
If we achieve high participation, we can directly impact two important factors:

1.  Perception.  To alumni, other law schools, prospective students, employers and other constituencies, a high giving rate by our class indicates a high level of satisfaction with the quality of the school.  That means our giving impacts the reputation and perceived quality of USF School of Law

2.  Alumni Participation.  The experience of students and recent graduates is a strong indicator to alumni that USF is continuing to fulfill its mission.  Our participation as a class is an active testimonial that can leverage greater resources from alumni.

How can I contribute, given my debt?

Your gift of any amount will help us to impact a future student at USF Law.  Our goal is to encourage a spirit of generosity and philanthropy within our class.

Make your gift today!