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DePaul University College of Law receives $1 million gift to establish Kopple Scholars Endowment

The Kopple Scholars Endowment aims to recruit and retain law students with the highest academic credentials

Robert C. and Carole Kopple
DePaul University College of Law alumnus Robert C. Kopple with his wife Carole. (Photo courtesy of Robert C. Kopple)
CHICAGO — The DePaul University College of Law announces the Kopple Scholars Endowment, made possible through a $1 million gift from alumnus Robert C. Kopple. Beginning in 2022, the endowment will provide recognition and financial support for two full-time law students who demonstrate outstanding academic credentials.

“We are so grateful to Bob and Carole Kopple for their strong belief in DePaul’s mission and for their commitment to academic excellence,” said Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean of the college. “The Kopple Scholars Endowment will enable us to attract and retain some of the most academically stellar students and continue to build our law school’s strong national reputation in a competitive environment. We hope this generous gift will also inspire others to give back and make a difference in the lives of future DePaul law students.” 

Kopple earned two degrees from DePaul: a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1967 and a bachelor’s degree in 1965. While at DePaul, Kopple served as associate editor of the Law Review. He later received an LLM in taxation in 1968 from New York University. Co-founder of the Los Angeles-based firm Kopple and Klinger (now Kopple, Klinger & Elbaz LLP) in 1992, he has spent his entire career in estate planning, taxation and business law. Among other notable skills, Kopple is respected for assisting clients with complex estate and gift tax issues, including noncitizens and nonresidents of the United States. 

“The purpose of our gift was to express our appreciation for the fine college and law school education I received and for all the things it enabled me to do in life. We designed the Kopple Scholars Endowment to help attract the best students to the law school so it could continue to compete effectively with other law schools,” said Kopple.

DePaul College of Law is an urban law school committed to developing legal professionals who understand the bigger picture and their place in it. With flexible degree programs, including Juris Doctor, Master of Jurisprudence and Master of Laws, taught by the nation’s most respected faculty, DePaul College of Law boasts a diverse network of alumni who have gone on to become successful lawyers and leaders in their fields. For more information, visit


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