New York City skyline at night.

New York City Program in Finance and Law

Big learning in the Big Apple

As New York State’s public law school, the University at Buffalo School of Law is uniquely positioned to introduce students to the high-stakes world of corporate finance. Our New York City Program in Finance & Law enables select students to spend a semester at the heart of this fascinating area of legal practice.

The New York City Program draws on the expertise of both our full-time faculty and a group of alumni who are practicing in the finance arena at a high level. Over the semester, students engage with a series of experts presenting on their particular niche of the corporate finance world. Then, with the hands-on guidance of team leaders drawn from these experts, students work together to craft a substantive project that hones their abilities and deepens their engagement in corporate finance practice.

The program’s innovative curriculum is built around core practice areas related to corporate finance, capital markets, financial services, regulation and the emerging field of compliance. And because finance and law are increasingly global in nature, the program devotes attention to international practice as well.

In our Manhattan classroom and through site visits to law firms, corporate offices and trading floors – and in one-on-one conversations with high-level professionals in a variety of fields – students get a feel for the realities of practicing in the world of finance.

The program is open to traditional J.D. students in their second or third year, as well as those in the joint J.D./MBA program and the Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. program. Students may apply in the fall semester to be part of the following spring semester program. No background in finance is necessary; the application consists of a resume, an academic transcript and a statement of interest.

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Melissa Kathan '19 (left).

“We had guest lecturers every day, talking about everything from bitcoins to the trading floor to stocks. I learned so much from experts in the field, most of them UB alums. It was a great experience.” - Melissa Kathan '19 (left)

image of Stuart Lazar talking about the New York City program.

Watch a video of our December 8th, 2020 program, Big Impact in New York City and Beyond: a panel presentation on our signature New York City Program featuring Dean Aviva Abramovsky; David E. Franasiak ’78, Chair of the NYC Program Endowment Campaign; Michael Higgins, Externship Coordinator; Stuart Lazar, Co-Director and Professor of Law; Gabrielle K. Walter ’18 and NYC Program Alum; David Westbrook Co-Director and Louis A. Del Cotto Professor.