Female student in Atrium

3L Giving: A Gift Before I Go

In recent years, 3L classes have got their competitive juices flowing, determined to outdo the previous class in raising money, increasing participation, and making long-term pledges.

One can measure the extraordinary success of increased alumni participation by looking at what graduating classes are doing as they prepare to leave campus. A few years ago, the student-led effort yielded only 13% participation. The Class of 2015 more than doubled that number, with over 30% participation. Last year, the Class of 2016 crushed that number, with 51% participation. Half of those students even committed to five-year pledges.

These new alumni are off now to careers across the country in law firms big and small, prestigious fellowships, top public-interest organizations, and highly sought after clerkships. But their connection to Texas Law remains strong because of the commitment they’ve made to giving back.

We think it’s best to let the students speak for themselves about why they gave.

“I want to be in the habit of giving back—that’s why I’m signing a pledge now to giving every year for the next five years.”

“I’m giving to Texas Law because I wouldn’t have been able to attend here without a scholarship. I know this is the right thing to do.”

“I see what alumni giving and support has meant to me and my class. I want to make that impact for the students who come after me.”

“Alumni make this school what it is. Texas Law is a special place but it’s only as strong as what we all give back to it.”

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