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Business & Finance Law Program

Last decade's financial crisis has spurred the emergence of Washington, DC as one of the world’s major centers of finance and law and made the study of business and finance law more important than ever before. GW Law offers an integrated and intensive program for the study of the laws governing economic and financial markets and institutions, as well as corporate law, commercial law, tax law, bankruptcy law, accounting law and the laws governing U.S. and international business transactions.

The business and finance curriculum at GW Law is both rich and diverse, including both basic and advanced courses, allowing students to design a curriculum suiting their own interests and career plans. 

In addition to GW Law's location in Washington, DC and world-renowned faculty supporting strong ties to the capital's many governmental, regulatory, and non-profit institutions of importance to business and finance, the Business and Finance Law Program maintains close contact with the large and active community of GW Law alumni in business and finance legal practice in New York, and conducts regular activities in New York, including our flagship GW in New York residential program for select JD students.


JD Concentration in Business & Finance Law

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News & Updates



Celebrating 10 Years of the Dodd-Frank Act

On the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Dodd-Frank Act, GW Law co-hosted a virtual conference featuring discussions with the bill’s namesakes and key architects. Former President Obama addressed attendees saying, "the Act has helped prevent a financial crisis in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic."

Full video and program

Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell and Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Christopher Giancarlo

Event Highlights

The Business and Finance Law Program organizes an active schedule of outside speakers on a wide range of topics. Three of the major areas of emphasis connecting recent events have been global financial stability, innovation and entrepreneurship, and business leadership and judgment.

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Upcoming Events

Faculty in the News

"Opinion: Shareholder Voting Is Another Electoral Process That Needs More Access and Transparency"

January 14, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch that a voting visibility database would improve the quality of shareholder voting.

"Trump’s EPA Skips Waiting Period for Rules, Making It Harder for Biden to Repeal"

January 13, 2021

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. is quoted by Bloomberg about how Trump's rush to impose regulations will undercut Biden's ability to freeze them.

"Opinion: America’s Richest Person in 1831 Left a Legacy That Still Resonates in 2021"

January 08, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch about the business and life lessons that can be learned from the late Stephen Girard.