MSU’s commitment to opportunity and its core identity as the world’s foremost land-grant institution—a university committed to rolling up its sleeves to solve big problems and transform lives—complements the core values of the Detroit College of Law and creates extraordinary opportunities for the next generation of law students and lawyers. Together we want to build the twenty-first century law school. The College of Law will translate MSU’s strengths into exciting new opportunities for law students.
The College of Law seeks to raise $23.0 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.
To date we have raised $22.5 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great college of law forward.
“At Michigan State University, we’re building a law school that’s financially-accessible to bright, passionate students who will shape the laws of tomorrow and act as leaders not just in their profession, but in their communities as well. Whether we’re envisioning the future delivery of legal services, advocating for policy reforms and access to justice, or honing our students’ courtroom skills, you can be sure that Spartan lawyers will make a lasting impact at home and around the world.”
A twenty-first century law school must be accessible. As a result of our faculty’s commitment to the role and function of law in society, MSU Law seeks to enroll students who are academically talented and who bring to the classroom a diversity of personal and professional experiences and perspectives. A law school cannot be great if only the privileged can attend.
A law school’s worth is measured by the strength of its faculty. A prestigious faculty can elevate each other and the law school as a whole. Endowed chairs and professorships help us attract and retain top scholars who build innovative programs, challenge legal orthodoxy, and inspire the students. Endowed positions add financial stability through reliable annual income independent of revenue from tuition and philanthropy—year after year. In addition, clinic students learn the heady responsibilities of being a lawyer—counseling clients, meeting deadlines, solving complex problems—under the supervision of superb teachers who are also gifted lawyers.
The great law school of the twenty-first century will enroll students from every continent and provide academic opportunities that focus on the world’s most challenging issues. A pioneer in developing international law programs and student faculty exchanges, MSU Law attracts students from five continents. By sharing legal knowledge and bridging differences in cultures, politics, and business practices, we intend to become a premier institution for global lawyers.
Connecting MSU Law to alumni and the legal community requires opportunities for in-person connection and collaboration. A new Detroit College of Law Commemorative Plaza will honor our founding institution’s accomplishments, add a welcoming patio area, and create a new main entrance to the college. An expanded Student Services and Commons Area Center will turn the first floor into a comfortable gathering place for law students, faculty, and alumni. A focal point for students, faculty, and alumni is ReInvent Law, an exciting new effort that aims to tackle the significant problem of ineffective delivery of legal services within the American legal profession. The project cultivates innovative partnerships, addresses access-to-justice issues, and creates new legal service delivery models through research and experimentation.