3L Legacy


Notre Dame Law School

How do I pledge?

Visit Law School Annual Fund – 3L Legacy to access the online pledge form.

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Law Students Begin a Legacy

The class giving campaign helps maintain the outstanding education that Notre Dame Law School provides. It also establishes a tradition of philanthropy that supports and strengthens programs for future law students.

Where do the funds raised by the 3L Campaign go?

Many Notre Dame Law School programs are funded entirely by law school benefactors. Class gift contributions support the following programs: The Summer Stipend Program, Student Fellowships, The Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and the Law School General Fund. You can specify the allocation of your pledge.

What are the goals of the 3L Campaign?

Class participation is the most important element of the class gift. Many peer institutions boast 3L participation rates of 70-100%. The class gift is an opportunity to take part in an extensive legacy of alumni who support NDLS. Establishing and maintaining a culture of giving helps maintain the value of a Notre Dame law degree and provides support for future generations of Notre Dame Lawyers.

If I participate, what is the minimum amount I can pledge?

Members of the Class of 2013 are encouraged to provide a minimum pledge of $20.13. We know members of the class will pursue many options after graduation and have varying capacities to give. Please give at a level that is comfortable for you. Pledges are payable over one to three years.

An annual gift of $500 qualifies recent graduates for Associate membership in the Order of St. Thomas More (the law school’s recognition society) and contributions can be made on a quarterly or monthly basis.

How does my gift affect the football ticket lottery?

First-time graduates automatically receive a lottery application for the football season corresponding to a graduation year. Thereafter, a minimum $100 annual contribution must be received by December 31 preceding the upcoming football season to be eligible for the football ticket lottery. Visit Notre Dame football ticket lottery for more information.

Will there be prizes awarded?

Please contact Class Gift Chairpersons for more information.

Class of 2013 Chairpersons

Andrew Matthews
Patti Pogge
Lauren Whalen

Questions? Contact Us.

Patti McLaughlin
Associate Director, Law Annual Giving
(574) 631-7936

Student-Centric Programs Benefitting from the 3L Legacy Campaign

Summer Stipend Program

The Summer Stipend Program is a comprehensive, collaborative program through which alumni, students, legal employers, and various friends provide stipends for students performing otherwise unpaid legal public interest work around the world.

Student Fellowships

Student Fellowships are renewable scholarships granted to Notre Dame Law School students.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program is designed to assist graduates who are beginning legal careers in public interest and public service positions.

Law School General Fund

The Law School General Fund supports the most pressing needs of the law school. Recently, the law school has established experiential programs, clinics, and academic partnerships. Examples include the Chicago program, the Intellectual Property Clinic, and the Patent Law program.


The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

In Memoriam: John H. Leahy, ’59 BA, ’64 J.D.

Double domer, John Leahy passed away on August 19, 2015 after losing a fast-paced battle with cancer. While at Notre Dame, John was the senior football manager and lived in the football stadium during his law school years, locking it up and taking care of the legendary mascot Clashmore Mike. John served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and later as a reserve, retiring as a Captain after 30 years. Later he practiced law in both Chicago and California. John then served as a judge in the Superior State Court of California for thirty years. Please view a beautiful tribute to John’s life here.

Leading Scholar of International Art Law, John H. Merryman, ’44 M.S, ’47 J.D. Passes Away

merryman_in_front_of_rivers_of_jewels_2003_smaller_300x260 Photo by Steve Gladfelter.

John Merryman was a world renowned expert in art law, cultural property law, and comparative law. John studied and taught in these areas at Stanford Law School for sixty-two years. John passed away on August 5, 2015 at the age of 95. Stanford Law School posted an article which is a beautiful tribute to this Notre Dame double domer who lived an extraordinary life.

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