The center has developed an innovative Practitioners in Residence program to integrate the experience and insights of the practicing attorney into the teaching of the rapidly changing areas of banking and finance. Each semester these practitioners are invited to share their knowledge in one or more classes. Social time with students is scheduled to introduce students to a variety of law practice settings and to a number of practicing attorneys.
To meet the changing practices in banking and finance, the School of Law's banking and finance faculty are continually reevaluating the school's curriculum to provide new courses such as global financial markets; international banking; law, finance, and development, financial innovation, derivatives and advanced seminars on commercial law and securities law.
The center's faculty have developed new teaching materials for a variety of banking, finance and corporate law courses.
The center was instrumental in establishing an academic credit externship with the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks. This externship exposes students to the workings of a banking regulatory agency. The center also helps support semester-long internships in Washington, D.C., with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The center assisted in the planning of a new Community Development Law Clinic at the UNC School of Law, which began in Spring 2002. The CDL clinic provides clinical legal education opportunities to law students and valuable legal services to not-for-profit community development corporations working to improve the quality of life for North Carolinians .