GW Law in New York


GW in NY


GW Law students interested in business law practice have the unparalleled opportunity to gain substantive hands-on experience while pursuing a domestic off-campus study in the world’s top financial center – New York City. This innovative and unique program creates educational opportunities, linked to student professional goals, in an environment that draws on and deepens GW’s alumni relationships. 

The GWNY program is offered during the spring semester to second and third-year GW Law students. Each program participant is required to enroll in a business law oriented 2, 3, or 4-credit externship, a 2-credit co-requisite course, Business Lawyering (LAW 6810), and business law electives taught by leading experts with their fingers on the pulse of the financial markets. GWNY course offerings are curated to mirror ever-evolving market demands and innovation. Past electives have included Banking Law (LAW 6289), Corporate Restructuring (LAW 6263), Securities Law Seminar (LAW 6264), and Legal Drafting (LAW 6652).

All GWNY classes, as well as monthly networking events, are held at the offices of participating law firms including Kramer Levin, Sullivan & Cromwell, O’Melveny & Myers, Morrison Foerster, Paul Weiss, and Kirkland & Ellis. Library privileges are available to GWNY students at Columbia University and New York University as well as the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. While each student is responsible for securing housing arrangements, the program maintains an active partnership with the 92nd Street Y, a non-profit institution offering affordable accommodations to students on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. GWNY students may obtain field placements at a wide array of organizations offering business-centric externship opportunities to law students. Examples: Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Settlement Housing Fund, Lawyers Alliance, New York State Commercial Courts, and U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Courts.

Externships must be business law oriented, and otherwise in conformity with GW Law’s externships program policies, including organizational eligibility requirements, i.e., 501(c), government, or judicial. All externships must first be approved by the Field Placement Program, and all eligibility determinations are final.

Program Overview Flyer

Interested in GWNY?

Interested students must attend a mandatory information session. Several alternative sessions are held throughout the year – twice during the spring semester and twice during the fall. Applications are due in late September. A mandatory externship orientation on the GW Law campus is held late in the fall semester. All GWNY classes and externships commence in January.

Questions about applying to and securing a placement can be directed to Megan McGrath Corsetti at

Questions about GWNY may be directed to

The GWNY Program Director is Professor Lawrence Cunningham, who also teaches the Business Lawyering co-requisite and resides in New York City for the duration of the program.

Download the application form

Course & Externship Information

There are no pre-requisites for participation in the GWNY program. But students are strongly encouraged to take Corporations Law in advance. Please note that some GWNY course electives may have pre-requisites. Spring course offerings will be determined in early fall prior to spring registration. In the past, such courses have included Banking Law (LAW 6289), Corporate Restructuring (LAW 6263), Securities Law Seminar (LAW 6264), and Legal Drafting (LAW 6652).

2017 and 2018 Adjunct Faculty

Wendy Goldberg

Wendy Goldberg, JD '00
Sullivan & Cromwell
Banking Law

Jeff Kohn

Jeff Kohn, JD '84
O'Melveny & Myers
Legal Drafting

Paul Basta

Paul Basta, JD '92
Paul Weiss
Corporate Restructuring

Anna Pinedo

Anna Pinedo
GW Law Board; Mayer Brown
Securities Regulation

Securing an Externship

Students are encouraged to seek their own externship placements for participation in the GWNY program and to visit the staff of the Field Placement Program and Career Center for general advice on externships as early in the preliminary planning process as feasible. No commitments concerning externships for the program should be finalized until externships are approved by the Field Placement Office and students are accepted into the program.

Megan McGrath Corsetti
Associate Director of Employer Outreach
The George Washington University Law School
Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy
2000 H Street, NW, Suite 310
Washington, DC  20052
Direct Dial:  (202) 994-9237

Policies and Procedures

Except as expressly provided concerning special procedures and policies applicable to the New York field placements and courses, all procedures and policies of GW Law School apply equally to New York field placements and courses. These include those set forth in The George Washington University Law School Policy on Academic Integrity and The Field Placement Program (FPP) Student and Supervisor Handbooks.

With specific regard to field placements, such procedures and policies include, but are not limited to, those concerning eligibility by organizational type [501(c), government, or judicial], field supervision requirements, the mandatory co-requisite course, registration forms, credits, hours-per-credit, work product logs, grading, mid-semester and final student and supervisor evaluations, and financial aid. Students interested in the GWNY program should also take care that participation is consistent with their overall program, particularly coursework, credits, and enrollment units required for graduation. 

For general information about GW’s externship policies and procedures, please visit GW Law Field Placement

The Field Placement Program requires each student to submit two registration forms, one to be completed by the student and one by their field placement supervisor. Forms are available from the Field Placement Office as well as at the following links. 

Student Registration Form

Supervisor Registration Form

Important Dates

Please note the following important dates for the program:

September 12, 2018
Student information sessions 

September 28, 2018
Student applications to the GWNY program are due. 

October 12, 2018
Accepted students will be notified.

November 16, 2018
All accepted students must finalize their externships and submit their Field Placement registration forms by this date.

December 3 or 7, 2018
Mandatory Field Placement Program orientation sessions on GW campus (time and place TBA) for all participating students.


Read the following archives from newsletters of past GWNY Programs.

GWNY Student Testimonials

“Besides great courses, classmates, professors, field placement and mentors, we have been given networking seminars and opportunities like no other school or program I have heard of.  The complete package.”

“This semester, more so than ever, I feel like I am beginning to see my career come into sharper focus, due to GWNY.”

“I got my dream job.  This would not have been possible without GWNY."

"I've only been in this program a month and I feel like I've learned so much more, thus far, than I have any other semester."

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