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 industry experts with their fingers on the pulse of the financial markets. GWNY course offerings are curated to mirror ever-evolving industry demands and innovation within the Manhattan legal market. Past electives have included Selected Topics in Banking Law (LAW 6289), Selected Topics in Corporate Law: 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 Naftalis & Frankel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, O’Melveny & Myers, Morrison Foerster, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. To date, both the New York University School of Law and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York have extended library privileges to GWNY program participants. While each student is responsible for securing his or her own housing arrangements, the program maintains an active partnership with the 92nd Street Y, a non-profit institution that offers 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. Past field placements have included the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
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.