Business & Finance Law Program

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The Business and Finance Law program prepares students for legal practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in all aspects of business and financial law, including corporate law, securities and financial regulation, accounting, antitrust, bankruptcy and reorganization, entrepreneurship, and taxation. The breadth of the program’s course offerings and its opportunities for clinical experience and practical involvement in the field enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world of business and finance law.

In addition to GW’s dominant presence in Washington, D.C., GW’s Business and Finance Law (BFL) program has a commanding presence in New York City through its unique immersive training program and vast alumni network. The signature program, which no other law school in the country offers, features a full slate of academic seminar courses, immersive field placements, reflective learning, and extensive workshops on professional development.

While practical experience is essential, our foremost strength and differentiator is the size of the program faculty and the variety of their expertise and course offerings. The wealth of perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds of our faculty and students enables building a global network of colleagues and to gain a broader perspective on the field of business and finance law and its global impact. Our extensive network of highly engaged alumni serve as mentors to current students, adding an additional source of professional support. 



News & Events

Recent News

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Is IRS Tax Enforcement Colorblind? Q&A with Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend

Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend’s article "Colorblind Tax Enforcement," refutes the IRS' position that because it does not ask taxpayers to identify their race or ethnicity on submitted tax returns, IRS enforcement actions are, therefore, not affected by taxpayers' race or ethnicity.
Jeremy Bearer-Friend

President Biden Adopts Professor Bearer-Friend's Tax Proposal

Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend's proposal to disaggregate tax data by race and ethnicity has been included in President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities, issued on the first day of his presidency.
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Professor Emeritus Art Wilmarth Authors a New Book on the U.S. Financial System

In his new book, Taming the Megabanks: Why We Need a New Glass-Steagall Act, Professor Emeritus Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. calls for a new Glass-Steagall Act that would separate banks from the securities markets in order to restore financial stability.
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Visions of Change: Race and the Corporation

Professor Lisa M. Fairfax moderates a conversation on the lack of diversity at Fortune 500 companies and other key issues at the intersection of race and corporate America in the latest installment of "Visions of Change: A Series on Racial Justice in American Law."
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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."

Upcoming Events

The Business & Finance Law Program holds several events throughout the semester. Please check back for new events.

Faculty in the News

"Fifth Circuit Judge to Exit Court Hearing Texas Abortion Law"

January 13, 2022

John P. Collins, Jr. was quoted by Bloomberg Law about Judge Gregg Costa unexpected resignation from the bench.

"If Investors Really Want Companies Fighting Climate Change, They Should Put Their Mouths Where Their Money Is"

January 12, 2022

Lawrence A. Cunningham wrote for MarketWatch about how shareholders can push companies to invest in environmental and social initiatives.

"The New Rules of Monopoly"

December 27, 2021

William E. Kovacic was quoted by Politico regarding anti-trust laws.