Students may affiliate with the Center for Business and Financial Law either as Harlan Scholars or as Associates.
Affiliating with the Center provides students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in business and financial services law by concentrating their course of study, working directly with faculty members and alumni affiliated with the Center, and participating in projects and events sponsored by the Center.
Student affiliates should also consider joining the CBFL Fellowship program, which entails students taking a leadership role in the Center’s projects and programming and potentially qualifying for paid positions and scholarship funds.
Students that affilated with the CBFL must meet the follwing curricular and extracurricular requirements:
1. Students must take the following core courses and should do so as early as possible in their course scheduling
- Corporations (4 credits, ideally in the fall after the first year)
- Commercial Law (4 credits). This requirement may also be fulfilled by taking either Sales and Negotiable Instruments or Secured Transactions
- Securities Regulation (4 credits, ideally in the spring after the first year)
2. Experiential Requirement
This requirement may be fulfilled by taking a business law clinic* or by writing a business or financial-oriented Note for Law Review or by enrolling in the Center’s Capstone Seminar or another seminar or tutorial taught by faculty affiliated with the Center. In each case, a substantial research paper will be required. Students may also be able able to satisfy this requirement by undertaking other projects sponsored or endorsed by the Center.
3. At least two of the following courses
- Accounting for Lawyers (2 credits, students can “place” out of this course if they have taken a basic undergraduate accounting course and achieved a grade of B+ or higher)
- Bankruptcy: Chapter 11
- Business Planning: Startups and Venture Capital
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Practice Skills
- Derivatives Market Regulation Seminar
- Federal Income Tax: Individual
- Federal Income Tax: Corporate
- Federal Income Tax: Partnerships
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Secured Transactions
- Securities Arbitration Clinic
- Transactional Law Clinic: Start-ups and Non-profits
4. Students should also seriously consider taking any of the following courses