Business and Finance Law Programs & Opportunities

Small Business Clinic

The GW Law Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic (SBCED Clinic) provides free start-up legal assistance to selected area businesses and nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to pay a lawyer. Most clients are microbusinesses comprised of 1-3 persons with less than $35,000 in start-up capital.

Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF)
GW Law's Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) is a think tank designed as a focal point in Washington, DC, for the study and debate of major global issues in areas of economic and financial law.

The Center offers the opportunity for those completing a thesis as part of their completion of the LLM in Business and Finance Law, to participate in the C-LEAF Working Paper Series, showcasing the work of both students and faculty.

Outside Placements
The Outside Placement Program maintains lists of agencies and organizations that provide internships for law students, and helps match each participant with an organization that most closely aligns with his or her particular area of interest. The Law School's location, and the experience of the full-time and adjunct faculty, provide students interested in business and finance with access to exceptional internship opportunities.

New York Business and Finance Law Summer Program

The Center for Law, Economics and Finance organizes an annual New York City summer program on Business and Finance Law that takes place from late May through mid-July. The workshops provide GW students interning in New York with exposure to the practical skills they will need to succeed in practicing corporate law. 

Corporate and Business Law Society (CBLS)
The Corporate and Business Law Society at GW Law encourages the exploration of contemporary issues in corporate and business law. Through a variety of student and alumni events and programs, CBLS aims educate its members, raise awareness of opportunities available in the field, and facilitate the development of professional contacts.

Banking and Securities Law Society (BASL)
The Banking and Securities Law Society parallels the activities of the Corporate and Business Law Society in the areas of U.S. and international banking and securities law.

Manuel Cohen Lecture
The Manual F. Cohen Memorial Lectureship was created by the friends and colleagues of Manny Cohen, and was established at the GW Law School in 1979. This endowed lecture serves as a living memory to Cohen, a leader in the field of securities law, a dedicated public servant, former chairman of the SEC, a legal scholar, and a teacher at the Law School for nearly two decades. The memorial lectures have been presented by notable figures including, in recent years, David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group; and Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.