What is the Nannes 3L Challenge?
Each fall, a committee of third-year law students conducts the Nannes 3L Challenge. John Nannes, ’73, makes a contribution to the Law School, and students signing up for the Challenge can designate $250 of his gift to the student organization(s) of their choice. In exchange, the students commit to make a gift to the Law School Fund in each of the first four years after they graduate.
Why is giving to the Law School Fund important?
- The Law School currently receives less than 2% of its budget from the state (in 1953, the state provided 40.9% of the Law School’s budget). Tuition revenue alone is not enough to cover the remaining expenses.
- The Law School Fund supports the debt management program and provides need-based financial aid for current students.
- Alumni participation improves the school’s ability to leverage major gifts from individuals who are paying attention to what UMLS alumni are doing.
- Alumni participation bolsters the school’s ability to secure grants from national foundations and corporations.
- Currently, our educational programs rank at the top but our alumni participation in annual giving lags significantly behind our peers.
How much is $250 really?
It's $5.21 a month over the four years. That's the equivalent of foregoing a beer or a venti latte once a month.
Do I have to match John’s $250 gift?
No, the idea is to educate students on the importance of annual giving—emphasis on the four-year giving commitment, not on the total dollar amount. We strongly encourage you to match John Nannes' $250 gift over the four years, but this is not required. If you can only commit to giving $40 every year for the next four years, or $20 for two years and $50 for the two after that, that's fine -- whatever is affordable and meaningful to you.
When and how do I begin making gifts post-graduation?
A student pays nothing when they commit to the 3L Challenge. By completing the form, the student agrees to make a gift every year for the first four years after graduation. The first gift is not due for more than one full year after graduation. The UMLS Development Office will send you reminders. You will be able to make your gift online or complete the response form included
in the direct mail reminder.
How will the Law School use my gifts after graduation?
Gifts will be placed in the Law School Fund, the annual fund of the University of Michigan Law School. This Fund supports programs that keep Michigan among the top law schools in the world – programs that have set this institution apart for more than 150 years.