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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Course & Externship Information
There are no pre-requisites for participation in the GWNY program, however 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 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).
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.
Please note the following important dates for the program:
September 29, 2017
Student applications to the GWNY program are due.
October 13, 2017
Accepted students will be notified.
November 17, 2017
All accepted students must finalize their externships and submit their Field Placement registration forms by this date.
December 1 & 6, 2017
Mandatory Field Placement Program orientation sessions on GW campus (time and place TBA) for all participating students.
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"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."
- GWNY Student
"So far, the program has far surpassed my expectations. The classes that we are taking are not only the most unique part of this program, but also the most meaningful. The opportunity to learn various areas of the law directly from practitioners who know exactly what is important in their specific field is phenomenal. This program gives its participants the ability to gain invaluable advice from prestigious firm partners, while most law students have to wait sometimes years after graduation in order to be afforded the same opportunity."
"I have enjoyed the classes so far and look forward to gaining more valuable knowledge from the unique perspective of practicing attorneys. All of the professors have their own style of teaching, which make the classes exciting. It is also exciting taking classes at various law firms and having the opportunity to meet important and influential individuals who work at the firms."