Planned Giving

To learn more about supporting New York Law School with a planned gift, please contact Elizabeth C. Briand ’11, Director of Development, at or 212.431.2808.

With a planned gift, you can make a significant and long-lasting impact on the next generation of NYLS graduates and leaders for years to come.  You can make a planned gift via your Will or Living Trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, or a more sophisticated estate planning vehicle.

When you support NYLS through a planned gift, you are invited to join our legacy giving society: the 1891 Society. As a member of our 1891 Society you will:

  • be featured in our annual Honor Roll of Donors
  • receive special event invitations
  • receive annual updates from Dean Crowell

We invite you to consider supporting NYLS with one of the below planned giving opportunities:

Leave a Planned Gift in Your Will or Living Trust

By leaving NYLS a bequest in your Will or Living Trust, you leave a lasting impact on the School far into the future without writing a check presently, and you may save money by reducing or eliminating estate taxes. 

Including NYLS in your Will or Living Trust might not even require re-drafting your estate planning documents, and you can change your Will or Living Trust if your circumstances change. For more information about this, please contact Elizabeth C. Briand, Director of Development, at 212.431.2808 or

Sample Bequest Language:

I give, devise, and bequeath to New York Law School (Tax ID #13-5645885), currently located at 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013, or its successor institution, all (or ____________ percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general use and purposes (or for a specific fund or program, e.g. general scholarships). 

Charitable Trusts

Some charitable estate planning vehicles require more sophisticated planning. We’ll work with your advisor if you’re interested in establishing one of the below charitable trusts:

  • A Charitable Remainder Trust benefits income beneficiaries of your choice during their lifetime(s), and the charitable organization(s) of your choice upon the death of the last income beneficiary.
  • A Charitable Lead Trust benefits the charitable organization(s) of your choice for a term of years, and remainder non-charitable beneficiaries of your choice upon the expiration of the term of the years. 

Gift of IRA or Retirement Account

Naming NYLS as a beneficiary of all or part of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or other retirement plan is a simple yet powerful way to support the School.  

How to Name NYLS as a Beneficiary of Your IRA or Retirement Account

You can name NYLS as a beneficiary of your retirement account by simply asking your financial institution or plan administrator for a new beneficiary designation form. You should include the following information:

Name: New York Law School

Address: 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Tax ID:  13-5645885

Gift via IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

Provided certain requirements are met, individuals aged 70 and one half and older can give up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a qualified charity such as NYLS without having to pay income taxes on the money. You can make a gift via QCD by providing this IRA QCD form to your plan administrator. 

Download the IRA QCD Form.

Gift of Life Insurance

You can designate NYLS as a life insurance beneficiary to support the School. Ask your advisor about making this change.

Tell Us About Your Planned Gift!

Is NYLS already in your estate plan? Let us know about your planned gift in our Bequest Intention Form. Informing NYLS of your planned gift enables us to celebrate you now and entitles you to all the benefits of the 1891 Society.

Download the Bequest Intention Form.


Please note that the above information does not constitute legal or tax advice, and you should consult your legal and financial advisors before making a revision to your estate or financial plan.