Creating Interdisciplinary Solutions for our Biggest Global Challenges
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At the University of Michigan, almost every sidewalk leads to a top-ranked school or program. We bring together faculty, students, and staff from across the University to develop practical solutions to some of our world’s biggest challenges. Through our research collaborations, faculty engage with federal and state regulators, policymakers at every level, and consumer protection advocates to test ideas and produce research that makes our financial system safer, fairer, and better harnessed to the real economy. 

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Preparing future leaders for service

Each semester, the Center on Finance, Law & Policy recruits and develops a cohort of approximately 25 students from the Law School, Ford School of Public Policy, Ross School of Business, Stamps School of Art & Design, School of Information, and College of Engineering to serve as research assistants. Under faculty supervision, research assistants conduct rigorous research or provide 1:1 advice and support to Detroit business owners. Through their research assistant experience, our students develop new skills and professional relationships, often leading them to new career paths. Many of the Center’s research assistants choose public service after graduation, joining the Federal Reserve or other financial regulators.

Turning values into action to support Detroit neighborhoods

The Center coordinates the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) which pairs U-M students from six schools with Detroit business owners to take on local business’ legal, financial, operational, marketing, and design challenges, pro bono. Students who enroll in DNEP courses get an opportunity to apply their classroom teaching to a real business while learning from the business’ owner and staff; business owners gain a new perspective, a sounding board, and a faculty-led team who is invested in their success.

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Our alumni

No one becomes a macroeconomist or an expert in financial regulation or cryptocurrency without some specialized training. The Center on Finance, Law & Policy is a structured research assistant experience that equips our students with specialized knowledge that sets them apart from their peers—and then steers them toward using their powers for the public good.

 Some of the places our alumni have gone in the last few years:

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Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Bureau of Economic Analysis
National Council of Social Service
Judicial Clerks (multiple districts & jurisdictions)
Opportunity Finance Network
U.S. Treasury Department

IBM Headquarters

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Booz Allen Hamilton
Goldman Sachs
Kirkland & Ellis
White & Case
Covington & Burling
Davis, Polk & Wardwell
Paul Hastings
Paul Weiss