David Rubenstein Commits $13 Million to UChicago Law School

David Rubenstein Commits $13 Million to UChicago Law School

The University of Chicago Law School has announced a $13 million commitment from alumnus David M. Rubenstein ('73) in support of the Rubenstein Scholars Program. 

The gift will provide three-year, full-tuition scholarships for up to sixty students in the classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025. Established in 2010 with a gift of $10 million from Rubenstein, followed by additional gifts of $10 million in 2013 and $13 million in 2016, the program supports twenty students per class, or about 10 percent of the law school's students. The latest gift brings total support for the program from Rubenstein, a University of Chicago trustee and co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, to $46 million.

"Because of the scholarship, I was able to accept lower-paying jobs that gave me meaningful experience, including in court, very early on," said Aimee Brown ('14), whose Rubenstein Scholarship enabled her to focus on clerkships and government work after graduation. "That experience helped me figure out the aspects of legal work that I enjoy the most and focus more on them. I feel incredibly fortunate that I have been able to make career decisions based on my overall goals rather than on financial considerations."

Rubenstein himself received a full-tuition scholarship to attend the law school. Two years after graduating, he left his law firm job to serve as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution before joining Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign in 1976 and later serving as President Carter's deputy assistant for domestic policy. 

"The Rubenstein Scholars Program has been an extraordinary boon to the Law School, and our faculty has been dazzled by the impact," said law school dean Thomas J. Miles. "The Rubenstein Scholars Program continues to attract students who have outstanding academic credentials and who excel in our classrooms and clinics, and now its graduates are becoming outstanding leaders in the legal profession and beyond."

"David Rubenstein, '73, Renews 'Transformative' Gift." University of Chicago Law School Press Release 04/15/2019.