Students may become affiliates with the Center for Business and Financial Law (CBFL) – either as Harlan Scholars or as Associates – by applying to the Center towards the end of their first year.


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.

Affiliates should use the Center’s Resource Guide to bolster their knowledge, keep track of trends, and develop an interest and expertise within the business and financial law field.

Joining the Center for Business and Financial Law

Beginning in March of every year, CBFL selects a new class of Harlan Scholars and Associates. The Harlan Scholars program is limited to students who have performed at the top of their law school class. On the other hand, the Associates program welcomes all students to apply.

The application requires the following items only:

  • A statement describing your interest in business and financial law and why you would like to become a Harlan Scholar or an Associate; and
  • A one-page résumé.

If you are a 1L student, please submit your application beginning in early April of your first year in law school. If you are a 2L student or 3L student, you can apply at any time during the year. All students (1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls) must apply through the following link:

CBFL will try to notify applicants of its decisions within 10 business days.

Given the time needed to complete all of the requirements below, students may not join or transfer to the Center for Business and Financial Law during their last semester of law school.


Student affiliates of CBFL – regardless of whether they are Harlan Scholars or Associates – must meet the following curricular and extracurricular requirements. ONE COURSE MAY NOT BE USED TO FULFILL MORE THAN ONE REQUIREMENT.

Requirement 1: Students must take the following core courses and should do so as early as possible in their course scheduling. The first two courses – Corporations and Commercial Law – are already part of the Law School’s curricular requirements.

Requirement 2:  Experiential Capstone (Third or Fourth Year for evening division students): This requirement may be fulfilled by:

Requirement 3: At least two of the following courses in addition to the above requirements. (If you had taken a course which had previously appeared in the list below but is no longer on the list, you can still use that course to fulfill Requirement 3.)

Voluntary Electives: In addition to the courses in Requirements 2 and 3, students should also seriously consider taking any of the following courses. (If you had taken a course which had previously appeared in the list below but is no longer on the list, you can still use that course as a voluntary elective.)