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Donors like you are essential to the quality of legal education we provide at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Your donations support our scholarship programs, faculty recruitment and research, clinical programs, and the law library, as well as student organizations and new initiatives.

We are thankful to our alumni and friends who are helping build the culture of philanthropy that is critical to providing a world class legal education for our students.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Our fiscal year is July 1 through June 30.

How To Give

Your gift to Thomas Jefferson School of Law can be made securely online or by check.

Make A Gift Online

Donations to TJSL can be made via PayPal with credit card or other forms of payment. Please note which fund you would like to donate to in the notes section.

  • Annual Fund
  • Bar Study Scholarship Fund
  • Women and the Law Project Fund
  • Planned Giving
  • Matching Gifts
  • Targeted Giving
  • Endowment Funds

Give By Mail

Please make check payable to Thomas Jefferson School of Law and mail to:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Development and Alumni Relations
701 B Street, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92101

You will get a donation receipt for tax purposes immediately after the payment is successfully processed. Please email us at for assistance if you experience any difficulty making payment. Thank you!

Types of Gifts

Annual Fund

The Thomas Jefferson Annual Fund is an unrestricted gift, and the most popular way that alumni, parents, and friends support the Law School. Gifts made to the Annual Fund provide support to some of the most important areas on campus including financial aid, academic support, and student programs. Unrestricted gifts are the most helpful, as the funds can be applied to the area of greatest need.

Bar Study Scholarship Fund

The Bar Study Scholarship Fund was established to directly impact the lives of current students and recent graduates to enable recipients to focus on their studies by minimizing their financial obligations during bar study.

Women and the Law Project Fund

Thomas Jefferson School of Law established the Women and the Law Project Fund to advance the status of women in the law, to support and improve the administration of justice, and to promote equality of women and men in our society.

Planned Giving

Your bequest can help ensure the future of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. It can also offer practical advantages to you and your heirs. These charitable gifts are 100 percent deductible from your taxable estate.

Matching Gifts

Many employers offer matching gift opportunities. You may qualify to have your gift matched by your firm or company. If this applies, please enclose the appropriate form from your employer with your gift to the school. You will be recognized for the full amount of your gift plus any resulting corporate or firm match.

Targeted Giving

Donors may target their gift toward a particular program or area of law. For example, the family of TJSL 2013 graduate Jameson Crane, who is deaf, made a substantial donation to further research into the law relating to disabilities. The Hullinger Family Foundation, directed by 2008 graduate Scott Hullinger, has made repeated substantial donations supporting the law school’s intellectual property, criminal law, and clinical programs.

Endowment Funds

Endowed gifts are invested directly, with the generated income used to fund whatever donors specify. This means that the principal gift is never touched, but continues to generate income in perpetuity. For this reason, many donors elect to name endowments: to honor a family member, life-changing professor, or other mentor; preserve the name of their family foundation; or create a personal legacy. The endowment helps ensure adequate provision is made for the students, faculty, and facilities of the future.

Samuel Kossack ‘15 Social Justice Award
Thomas Jefferson School of Law has created the Samuel Kossack ’15 Social Justice Award. Funded through the generous contributions of Sam’s family and friends, an endowment has been established to fund the award in his honor. The award recognizes a currently enrolled Thomas Jefferson School of Law student who, through his or her own actions, promotes social justice either on an individual basis or by transforming systems that perpetuate injustice. Read more in the press release here.

More Information

If you have any questions or wish to discuss types of gifts, please contact Alumni Relations at (619) 961-4319 or