October 02, 2012
The Chicago Tribune
Kirkland lawyers make $5M gift to NU law school
By: Ameet Sachdev
Northwestern University's law school has received a $5 million gift from several partners at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm and its foundation. The gift will be earmarked for student scholarships and other initiatives.
Northwestern said the donation, to be spread over five years, is one of the largest in the law school's history.
Though Northwestern is among the highest ranked law schools in the nation, it, along with every law school, is dealing with a shrinking job market for new lawyers. Dean Daniel Rodriguez said the gift will help ease financial burdens faced by its students. Northwestern charges $53,168 in tuition.
To deal with the challenging employment outlook, the dean has talked about limiting future tuition increases and shrinking the size of the law school class. To offset possible revenue losses from those moves, the school has stepped up its fundraising efforts.
One of the Kirkland's donors is Chairman Jeffrey Hammes, a 1985 graduate of Northwestern Law, who sits on the school's board. Thirty other Kirkland partners also provided money for the gift. Part of the donation will establish a scholarship fund in Kirkland's name that will support students in the law school's program that awards a combined degree in law and an MBA.