Frank J. Guarini Institute for Government Leadership

Created by former US Representative Frank J. Guarini ’50, LLM ’55, the institute helps NYU Law students build successful careers in public service by providing scholarship opportunities, mentorship, and a leadership-focused curriculum.

Key Features of the Program

Under the direction of Associate Professor of Law Samuel Rascoff, Guarini scholars:

  • Participate in a semester-long one-credit leadership seminar curated by the institute.  The seminar hosts current and former top-level officials, scholars of politics, and leadership experts with an eye to preparing Guarini Scholars for the challenges and opportunities of public life.   

  • Design an academic program tailored to their interests and receive individualized counseling and connections to faculty, alumni, and experts in their areas of interest.

  • Receive financial support in the form of an award of $7,500.

Criteria for Selection

The institute is open to 2L students committed to careers in government leadership. Nine scholars are selected annually.

Other Guarini Institute Projects

Frank J. Guarini Government Summer Series

NYU Law’s Public Interest Law Center (PILC) sponsors events in Washington, DC, for students and alumni interested in working for or with the federal government. Guest speakers have included Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz ’84, General Counsel of the Treasury Department Christopher Meade ’96, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jenny Yang ’96, and Dean Emeritus Richard Revesz.

Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic

Former White House Counsel Robert Bauer and Sally Katzen, who held senior positions in the Clinton administration, teach this DC-based clinic. Students work four days a week in a federal agency or government office. They also attend a weekly seminar and special sessions with senior government officials and guest lecturers.