Undergraduate Program

Business Law Fellows

The Business Law Fellows program offers small class sizes for business law courses and, in its co-curricular activities, focuses on the value laws add to business operations and transactions.

While the program prepares students for successful law school application and performance, Business Law Fellows also provides orientation to business careers that require a strong background in business law for students not planning to go to law school. Such careers include: Legal, Regulatory and/or Ethical Compliance, Government Contract Management, Insurance and Risk Management, Real Estate Finance, and Export Controls.

The faculty champion for this program is Brian NelsonLeigh Anenson will be the instructor for BMGT380F.

Curriculum: one-year program

  • BMGT380F (Business Law I) - Fall
  • BMGT381F (Business Law II) - Spring

2013-2014 & 2014-2015 Cohort curriculum

  • BMGT380F (Business Law I) - Fall
  • BMGT496F (Business, Ethics and Society) - Spring

NOTE: Business Law Fellows is a two-course program with dedicated Fellows sections, beginning with BMGT380 in the fall semester. Ideally, the two courses should be taken as a cohort so all of the Fellows admitted in the same year will take courses together. However, in order to make it possible for Business Law Fellows to study abroad, students studying abroad in the spring of their junior year will be allowed to enroll in any section of BMGT381 upon their return or they may take BMGT381F with the next cohort. Of course, students studying abroad will miss out on co-curricular activities during their absence.

Co-curricular Activities & Events

(Students are required to attend two activities/events per semester.)

  • Workshop on intellectual property rights.
  • Workshop on mergers & acquisitions (or other “structured transactions” of interest to fellows, such as loan agreements or joint ventures).
  • Dinners with speakers from business, law firms and state/federal/foreign governments (including topics such as recent regulatory developments).
  • Site visits (past visits have included the United States Supreme Court, law firms and law schools).
  • On-Campus Law School Fair and workshop on Law School Admissions.

Fellows Application Eligibility

  • Open to all BMGT majors. (You may apply if you are applying to Smith for 2015-2016).
  • Rising juniors and seniors (advanced-standing, rising sophomore with 53 credits completed by Fall 2015 will be considered).
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred.

Apply

Applications for Business Law Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year are open January 5- February 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Access the application here by using your UMD Directory ID and password. 

Please note that you cannot save and go back to your application, so you should have your cover letter (explain why you want to be in this program and what you hope to gain from participating) and resume ready to upload.

Questions? Contact Emily Doane Heavin (edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu).