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3L Class Gift Campaign

What is the 3L Class Gift Campaign?

The 3L class gift campaign is an opportunity for 3rd year law students to make a gift to The Wake Forest Fund for the School of Law.

The Wake Forest Fund for the School of Law (Law Fund) is an unrestricted fund, which means that donations are not earmarked for special projects and fund a broad array of school functions.

Given the uncertainty in the economy this year, we are focused on the participation percentage of the graduating 3L class. This is so important because it is considered a measure of alumni strength when compared to our peer schools. When alumni consider giving to the law school, it helps to be able to tell them that such a high percentage (86% in 2011) of the students are financially supportive and believe in its future.

Alumni participation has helped us establish the reputation that we have today as a top law school. When you make a pledge you become part of our heritage of giving and help us stay strong – something that benefits you and the value of your degree. The state does not subsidize Wake Forest as it does with other public institutions. Our subsidy is from alumni donors and friends. Without support, the law school would have no choice but to raise tuition and increase class size.

Why Give?

Among other things, this fund supports:

  • Student scholarships (scholarships totaling $500,000 were awarded to law students this year)
  • Research stipends – stipends for faculty members allow them to pursue research that forwards the legal profession and the law school reputation
  • Salaries for Research Assistants
  • Travel for moot court and trial teams
  • Guest speakers and symposia events
  • Tuition supplements – tuition only accounts for 66% of the cost of law school. The Wake Forest Fund for the School of Law covers the rest.
  • Student Clubs
  • Technology upgrades
  • Clinic support (no clinic has an endowed fund to support its operations)
  • Travel for the Appellate Advocacy Clinic students
  • 3L Metropolitan Externship

No gift is too small!