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Campaign Funding Priorities and Naming Opportunities

Latin American Initiative

The University of Texas School of Law proposes to become a leading legal education resource for Latin America. UT Law can add significant value to Latin American law firms and corporations, as well as to U.S. firms with a strong presence in Latin America, by providing legal education and related resources in Mexico and South America. The University of Texas has many resources already in place to make this happen—the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies is the best program of its kind in the U.S.—along with extensive library resources and language support. The two main elements of the initiative will be a two-year J.D. for international students from Latin America and a joint degree program with at least one prestigious Latin American law school.

UT Law currently offers graduates of international law schools the opportunity to earn an LL.M., a one-year master of laws degree. A more appealing option may be to offer these students a two-year J.D., which would allow them to sit for the bar and would provide a better educational experience, including the possibility of a valuable summer internship with a U.S. firm. The law school could make room for 100 such students—less than ten percent of the student body—many who would be sponsored by their law firms or have financial resources of their own and would pay full tuition.

Other program elements in the Latin America Initiative include additional internships; a summer program with course offerings for U.S. and Latin American students in Latin America; coordination with UT Law centers in energy/environment, human rights, and biomedicine/healthcare; visiting faculty; additional Latin America-related courses offered as part of the Austin campus curriculum; and international academic conferences.

Naming Opportunities

Name ProgramTBD
Visiting Scholar, Professor or Practitioner$1,000,000
Full-Ride Scholarship (including stipend)$750,000
Full-Tuition Scholarship$500,000
International Conference (every 2 years)$500,000

Named endowment levels are based on budget requirements and an annual spending rate of approximately five percent of the value of the fund. Non-endowed (current use) gifts for the funding priorities listed above are welcome at all levels, and will be recognized in an appropriate way.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity, please contact Tim Kubatsky, Executive Director of Development, at (512) 232-1939, or tkubatzky@law.utexas.edu.