The Deans' Cup is an annual charity basketball game between the law schools of Columbia University (CLS) and New York University (NYU). First held in 2002, the game raises money for public interest and community service organizations at both universities and is sponsored by many large New York City law firms. A game between faculty members of the two schools is held at halftime. The game is the single largest law school event in the United States, and has raised more than a half million dollars for public interest foundations at the two law schools.
The 2012 edition of the Deans' Cup was played on April 5 and raised over $30,000. The Cup will remain in the NYU trophy case after the Violets pulled off a 56–46 victory. NYU has now won an unprecedented four games in a row and increased its series lead to 8-3. The 2013 edition will be held at NYU's Coles Sports Center on Thursday, April 11, 2013.