The CBL Scholars Program

*Attention incoming 1L students: Applications for the next cohort of CBL Scholars (UC Hastings Class of 2024) will start on November 1st 2021 and close on November 30, 2021. A group of finalists will be interviewed by the CBL Selection Committee on January 2022 and the next two CBL Scholars will be announced on January 31st, 2022. The CBL Scholars Application Materials will be sent via email to the full 1L class in the Fall Semester of 2021.*

At UC Hastings’ Center for Business Law (“CBL”), we believe that it is incumbent on each of us to do redouble our efforts to meaningfully address the lack of equity and equality in America. While today’s business lawyer sits at the nexus of the most critical issues facing modern enterprises, the diversity and opportunity gap in this practice is glaring.

The CBL Scholars Program is a merit award created to develop a new generation of future leaders in business law. The Program provides financial assistance and hands-on academic and professional mentorship to students entering the business law community from disadvantaged educational, economic, social, or physical backgrounds– including, but not limited to, those students enrolled in UC Hastings’ Legal Education Opportunity Program.

To capitalize on the San Francisco Bay Area’s prominence in the technology and venture capital ecosystems, the CBL Scholars Program is initially tailored to students with a demonstrable interest in this space. CBL Scholars have unique internship opportunities and direct access to the extensive network that UC Hastings has among senior legal leaders across these industries.

The CBL Scholars Program tackles an ambitious agenda that aims to have a real impact in addressing the systemic inequalities which stunt the growth of meaningful diversity within the business law community. To realize the promise of the CBL Scholars Program, we need your support!

To step up and support the CBL Scholars Program, please contact:

  1. Scott James
    UC Hastings Center for Business Law
    General Counsel Data Collective (DCVC) (Hastings ’13)
  2. Evan Epstein
    Executive Director
    UC Hastings Center for Business Law
    (628) 245-7180
  3. Jared Ellias
    Faculty Director
    UC Hastings Center for Business Law
    (415) 581-8815

*You can also make a donation via the following link: MAKE A GIFT TO THE CBL SCHOLARS PROGRAM.

**Gifts made payable to the UC Hastings Foundation are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3. The UC Hastings Foundation tax ID number is 23-7135898.

***Check out the profile of our first two CBL Scholars: Jayshawn Anderson and Mounika Yepuri. We believe that they embody all the qualities that will define future leaders in business law and we are thrilled to partner with them in building the CBL Scholars Program.