Giving to Thomas Jefferson

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Philanthropic contributions are essential to Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s mission to provide a high standard of legal education and preparation for practice to a diverse student body. Generous donors are necessary to support financial aid including scholarships, community-based clinical programs, the law library educational infrastructure, student organizations and new initiatives.

We thank our alumni and friends who are helping to build the culture of philanthropy that is critical to providing an unparalleled 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 by check (payable to “Thomas Jefferson School of Law”) or online through PayPal.

Giving Online
Donations to TJSL can be made with VISA, MASTER or American Express card online. All online donations will be securely processed by PayPal .

Make a Secure Online Gift

Giving 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 St. Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92101

Types of Gifts

Annual Fund
The Thomas Jefferson Annual Fund is the most popular way that alumni, parents, and friends support the Law School. Gifts made to the Annual Fund provide "budget relieving" 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.  Annual Fund gifts are expended in the same fiscal year in which they are received. Make a Secure Online Gift to the Thomas Jefferson Annual Fund.

Endowment Gifts
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.

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.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law and its Center for Law and Social Justice have 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 scholarship action, or both, seeks to promote social justice either on an individual basis or by seeking to transform systems that perpetuate injustice. Read press release here.

Matching Gift
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.

Have questions or wish to discuss types of gifts, please contact Alumni Relations at (619) 961-4263 or

Why Alumni Support Thomas Jefferson