Juris Fund

Loyola's Deans Discretionary Fund

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What is the Juris Fund

The Juris Fund gives Dean Michael Waterstone the flexibility to allocate resources when and where they are most needed.  Juris Fund support allows Loyola to offer scholarships that attract and retain top students; funds clinical and programmatic enhancements that raise our profile and serve our community; and invest in opportunities that capitalize on Loyola’s strengths.

Message from the Dean

It is an honor to serve as Loyola Law School's 18th Dean. Loyola is rightly known for our success in preparing our students to practice law. We do this while instilling a commitment to public service and an intellectual rigor that prepares our graduates for a fast moving and increasingly interconnected world.

As Dean, I see an abundance of opportunity. Loyola is fortunate to have a world-class faculty and an alumni community with professionals at the top of nearly every legal, business, and public service sector. Sitting in midst of Downtown Los Angeles’ economic renaissance, we are uniquely positioned to prepare students for a future where law, business, and technology intersect in exciting ways. This is a moment of tremendous potential for Loyola Law School and my responsibility is to continue Loyola’s momentum as a premier law school and leader in Los Angeles.

Your partnership in this effort is critical. Juris Fund support allows Loyola to offer scholarships that attract and retain top students; fund clinical and programmatic enhancements that raise our profile and serve our community; and invest in opportunities that capitalize on our strengths as we look to a future of continued excellence and distinction. Please join me in supporting these initiatives by making a gift to the Juris Fund.

Thank you for being a part of the Loyola family. I look forward to celebrating Loyola Law School’s many successes ahead with you.

Michael Waterstone
Fritz B. Burns Dean, Loyola Law School
Senior Vice President, Loyola Marymount University

Juris Fund Impact

Your Juris Fund gift supports the students, faculty and programs that distinguish Loyola.

  • Loyola Law School students spend more than 40,000 hours serving our local community every year.
  • Loyola moved up 22 places in the U.S. News and World Report national rankings in two years.
  • Loyola graduates have accepted 89 federal and state judicial clerkships in the last 5 years.
  • The Byrne Trial Advocacy Team won the 2016 Tournament of Champions.
  • More than 10 amicus briefs by Loyola faculty informed judicial rulings in 2015-2016, including Federal Appellate Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Loyola’s tax program is ranked #5 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic welcomed home three clients who were released thanks to their efforts.

The Juris Society

Juris Fund contributors who make a qualifying gift will become members of the Juris Society for one full year from the date of their qualifying gift.

Membership Levels and Courtesies

Juris Society Dean's Circle $25,000+
Juris Society Leader $10,000 - $24,999
Juris Society Partner $5,000 - $9,999
Juris Society Member $2,500 - $4,999
Juris Society Judiciary Member
(current or former members of the bench)
$1,000 - $2,499
Juris Society Affiliate
(current students and graduates of the past decade)
$1,000 - $2,499

All members of the Juris Society receive the following member courtesies:

  • Invitation to exclusive events with the Dean
  • Discounted Loyola Law School MCLE
  • Complimentary on-campus parking (excluding current faculty, staff, students)
  • Special invitations to premier Law School programs
  • Inclusion in the annual Honor Roll of Donors
  • Special recognition at Loyola Law School events sponsored by the Advancement Office
  • Priority access to use or rent Loyola facilities

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Why I Give

  • "I enjoy being part of the Loyola Alumni community. For years, Loyola has produced the best trial lawyers in the state.  I’m proud of that tradition, and am pleased to support Loyola and Dean Waterstone as a member of the Juris Society ."


  • "From the outstanding Young Lawyers Program to the various clinics and social justice programs, Loyola students and faculty recognize the importance of their contributions to the legal community, and society as a whole. I support the Juris Society because it affords the school the opportunity to fill gaps and explore opportunities."


Support Student Excellence

The Juris Fund supports Loyola and its students at every level.  This includes bolstering Loyola’s scholarship pool to help recruit and retain the very best students. This year, an increase in scholarship awards helped attract another strong entering class.

"Loyola's evening program has made it possible for me to pursue my dream of obtaining a law degree while continuing to teach during the day. As a single mom of three, it would have been impossible for me to return to school without scholarship support. Thank you, Loyola, for supporting me, so I too can give back to my community as a public interest attorney."


"As a 3L, I'm ready for the workplace, have secured postgraduate employment, and even received counseling on negotiating my offer. It is my belief that everything I've achieved can be attributed to proverbially standing on the shoulders of the giants before me: Loyola's alumni."