Hawkins’ experience includes participation in more than 800 bond issues for higher education facilities with a principal amount exceeding $60 billion.

Hawkins’ college and university financing practice is unmatched by any other law firm.  The number and variety of colleges and universities with which we have worked, and our continuing involvement in the development of new financing tools for these educational institutions, contribute to Hawkins’ current leadership in higher educational facility finance.  As a result, the firm’s attorneys are uniquely capable of providing the highest levels of service to our higher education clients. 

The firm advises universities and colleges in an array of financings including fixed rate and variable rate demand issues, tax-exempt and taxable commercial paper programs, master lease transactions, facility financings (including academic buildings, dormitories, clinical and research facilities and athletic facilities), certificates of participation, collateralized issues, secured financings and unsecured financings. Further, our attorneys participate in pooled financings for various private colleges and universities as counsel to the liquidity bank and as counsel to the underwriters.

The following is a representative list of the firm’s recurring bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel engagements in the private college and university sector:

  • Amherst College
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Colby College
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Fairfield University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • Lebanese American University
  • Long Island University
  • New York University
  • Princeton University
  • Quinnipiac College
  • Rockefeller University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • St. John’s University
  • Stanford University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The University of Hartford
  • The University of Southern California
  • Wesleyan University
  • Yale University

The following is a representative list of the firm’s recurring bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel engagements in the public college and university sector:

  • City University of New York
  • Michigan State University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Oklahoma State University System
  • State University of New York
  • Tennessee State University
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • University System of New Hampshire
  • University System of Oregon
  • West Virginia University