The Law Firm Challenge Program
The Columbus School of Law


The Breakdown

The goals of the Law Firm Challenge are to increase alumni participation at the Columbus School of Law and to re-engage law school graduates with the law school and to facilitate networking among peers in the legal community.

The Law Firm Challenge is a fundraiser that generates support for the Columbus School of Law by focusing on participation rate and not a monetary goal–thus if a donation of $25 or $25,000 is made it represents one gift towards the firm's participation rate.  Participation is what really counts!  Every gift, regardless of amount, does make a difference. Progress reports on alumni participation will be provided in terms of participation rate and the individual firm donation amounts will not be disclosed.

The Law Firm Challenge cycle includes donations received during the Fiscal Year, May 1st to April 30th.  The official kick-off and active solicitation begins January 1 and ends on April 30. All gifts received during the cycle will be credited to your firm’s participation rate, which means some of your colleagues may have already played a role in reaching your participation rate.

The Law Firm Challenge emphasizes personal contributions from alumni at participating firms, organizations or corporations with five or more alumni. Alumni may make a gift by personal check or credit card on the law schools website. Gifts on firm checks cannot be credited toward the firm’s participation rate. Gifts to the Law School’s Annual Fund are especially appreciated, however gifts can be directed to support any other fund at the Law School, like scholarships, academic programs, centers and more. What was important to you while you were a student? Take this opportunity to directly give back to that program.

The Law School Annual Fund provides the flexibility to meet the day-to-day needs of running the Law School as well as providing financial resources to student organizations, faculty recruitment, clinics, journals, counseling and other programs that directly affect students. 

Firms participating in the Law Firm Challenge will be recognized on the Law School’s Web site, in the alumni magazine, CUA Lawyer and the honor roll of donors. Firms compete in 2 groups, based on the number of alumni employees. Group I (16 or more alumni), Group II (5-15 alumni). If you have any questions about the Challenge please contact Annual Fund Coordinator, Lauren Enlow at

1897 Society

1897 Society

Acknowledging the year the Law School was founded, the 1897 Society recognizes individuals who are committed to a special level of generosity to the Columbus School of Law. Leadership gifts totaling $5,000 or more grant you membership in our oldest and most respected giving society.

Below are the various membership levels for the 1897 Society.

$50,000 or more

$25,000 – $49,999

$10,000 – $24,999

$5,000 – $9,999

Other Giving Levels

$2,500 - $4,999

$1,000 - $2,499

$1 – $999


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