Giving to California Western


Opportunities for Support

California Western School of Law Priorities

Unrestricted gifts allow the law school to fund its most pressing needs. However, you may designate your gift for a specific area of support, for example: Student Scholarships, California Innocence Project, Street Law Program, Moot Court Program, Lynch Scholarship, or the Law Library.

Building the school’s permanent endowment is critical to our future success. For more information on giving a gift to fund major priorities, please contact Lori Boyle, Director, Development and Alumni Relations at (619) 515-1543 or via email at lboyle@cwsl.edu.

Endowed Professorships

Endowed Academic Professorships acknowledge the commitment and work of our most illustrious faculty members and give California Western School of Law an opportunity to attract and retain the best minds in the country.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships provide California Western School of Law with the opportunity to provide financial support to promising students as well as reward them for academic achievement.

Programmatic Support

California Western School of Law prides itself on its commitment to developing innovative, relevant academic programs and maintaining research centers on a variety of topics both to enhance ongoing scholarship and give students in-depth information as they train to be future lawyers. Your generosity is greatly appreciated in the development of these programs, which include: California Innocence Project, Street Law, Law Library, Proyecto ACCESSO, and the Alumni Association.

Fund Descriptions

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund provides unrestricted support to California Western for the immediate needs of the school.

Student Scholarships

California Western's scholarship program makes a legal education available to students from diverse backgrounds of experience, education, geographic and career goals. It is that diversity that makes for an intellectually vibrant law school experience.

California Innocence Project

California Western School of Law is home to the California Innocence Project. Students at California Western work to free wrongfully convicted inmates by reviewing more than 1000 claims of innocence each year and focusing on cases where there is evidence of actual innocence. Innocence Project attorneys and students then investigate cases by securing expert witnesses and advocating for their clients during evidentiary hearings and trials.

Advanced Mediation Program

The Advanced Mediation Program provides much-needed conflict resolution services to juveniles while at the same time providing law students with hands-on experience in mediation. Law students, working in pairs, mediate disputes between adolescent detainees at the San Diego Juvenile Hall and the Girls Rehabilitation Facility. The disputes range from theft of personal property to gang-related issues. California Western students help these kids adjust to the realities of their new life situations. Gifts to the Advanced Mediation Program fund are distributed to provide financial support for program expenses.

Street Law Program

The Street Law Fund supports the general operational efforts of the Street Law Program. In the Street Law Program, second and third year law students teach local high school students about the practical aspects of the law that they will need to know as teenagers and as they become adults. The program's goal is to ensure that participating students receive a thorough understanding of the law and its effect on their lives, to help them become more informed citizens and active members of the community. Approved distributions will be made until the entirety of funds, including investment gains or losses, have been distributed.

Proyecto ACCESO

Proyecto ACCESO is the Pan-American rule of law training and public education program headquartered at California Western School of Law in San Diego. Proyecto ACCESO develops curricula, facilitates workshops, and has trained over 2,500 judges, prosecutors, public defenders, justice ministry officials, law enforcement agents, and community leaders from fifteen countries in Central and South America. Working local agencies, we empower judicial innovators with a vast array of skills to promote sustainable reforms in their respective countries.

Community Law Project - Downtown and Lemon Grove

This fund supports the general operational efforts of the California Western Community Law Project. This project partners our students with volunteer attorneys in an effort to provide basic legal advice, information, and referral services for the homeless and those who cannot afford private legal services. Students volunteer to spend one or more trimesters with the program, utilizing and honing skills such as active listening, interviewing, problem-solving, law application, and administration of legal services. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will approve all expenditures from this fund, and approved distributions will be made until the entirety of funds, including investment gains or losses, have been distributed.

City Heights CLP

This fund supports the general operational efforts of the California Western City Heights CLP location only. This project partners our students with volunteer attorneys in an effort to provide basic legal advice, information, and referral services for the homeless and those who cannot afford private legal services. Students volunteer to spend two trimesters with the program, utilizing and honing skills such as active listening, interviewing, problem-solving, law application, and administration of legal services. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will approve all expenditures from this fund, and approved distributions will be made until the entirety of funds, including investment gains or losses, have been distributed.

New Media Rights Program

The New Media Rights (NMR) Program provides CWSL students with training and experience in matters pertaining to intellectual property, media, and communications law. NMR also provides legal services to local consumers and entrepreneurs seeking advice on these issues. Gifts to the NMR Fund will be used for program expenses. All approved expenditures and distributions from this fund will be made until the entirety of funds, including investment gains or losses, have been distributed.

Access to Law Initiative

The Access to Law Initiative (ALI) at California Western School of Law was developed to promote access to legal services and to support lawyers who aspire to have solo, small firm or non-profit practices. The goal of ALI is to, produce successful, public service oriented practitioners who can operate a financially viable and freestanding practice. Gifts to ALI will be used for program expenses and subject to the discretion of the ALI faculty representative at California Western School of Law with approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. All approved expenditures and distributions from this fund will be made until the entirety of funds, including investment gains or losses, have been distributed.

Murray L. Galinson Scholarship Fund

The Murray L. Galinson Scholarship will be awarded to a high achieving admitted student who has shown a commitment to service to their community and who best meets the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • First generation of the family to graduate high school, college and attend law school
  • First generation immigrant, applicants who have overcome religious or cultural disadvantage, personal adversity or social hardships
  • Lower socio-economic background who have overcome generational economic disadvantage
  • Students with disabilities

Funds will be distributed from this endowment beginning the first full academic year after the fund reaching an amount of $50,000. The initial value of the scholarship will be $2,500 based upon the school’s current spending policy (which is subject to change).