Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship and the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business

The Law and Business Fellowship

New York University School of Law has an opening for a fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. This Fellowship aims to promote research and curriculum development in subjects related to law and business. The Fellowship broadly encompasses topics including but not limited to start-up ventures, corporate social responsibility, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and issues of finance, restructuring, and other business topics. The Fellowship is open to recent law school graduates with the strongest credentials and exciting ideas.

The Law and Business Fellowship is being administered by NYU School of Law under the auspices of the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship and the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business. The Fellow is expected to produce two substantial pieces of work during their time at the Law School, which will provide the basis for applications:

1) A multidisciplinary case study (with teaching note) to be undertaken under the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship, and
2) A project to be undertaken under the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business (the Project), which will include a proposed plan for the fellowship year—specifying the need for the Project, goals to be met by the Project, how the goals will further the field of focus, and a timeline.

The Fellow will participate in the Jacobson Leadership Program's activities and the law and business curriculum, and support the Grunin Center by overseeing the expansion of the Center Resource Library and supervising student research assistants.

Research Support;

Social Enterprise Law Tracker/Mapping the State of Social Enterprise and the Law:

The Grunin Center maintains a status tool, the Social Enterprise Law Tracker that allows users to visualize how laws and regulations impacting social entrepreneurship have spread across the United States, with plans to expand to other countries. The Grunin Center also publishes an annual report that evaluates the state of social enterprise and the law in the United States. To see the annual reports, visit here.
The Fellow will be responsible for overseeing student research assistants who are responsible for maintaining the Social Enterprise Law Tracker. The student research assistants will be performing legal research, as well as data collection, data analysis, and data entry. The Fellow will also supervise student research assistants as they develop an annual report on “The State of Law and Social Enterprise” to be published in the spring of 2022.

To learn more about the Grunin Center and the Social Enterprise Law Tracker, visit:

Grunin Center Resource Library/Case Study:

The Grunin Center, in collaboration with the NYU Wagner School’s Social Innovation and Investment Initiative, is in the process of creating a series of interdisciplinary case studies to be
housed in the Grunin Center Resource Library. Each case study will be accompanied by teaching notes that focus on what different disciplines bring to the case. The case studies also will include collateral products—such as deal documentation and video interviews of key players—that are disseminated through a multimedia platform hosted by NYU Law.

The Fellow will be responsible for overseeing the expansion of the Grunin Center Resource Library’s use and materials. The Fellow will also co-author an interdisciplinary case study and teaching note regarding the scaling of an impact investment fund for inclusion in the Grunin Center Resource Library in the spring of 2022. This will involve the conduct of interviews with key stakeholders and research; coordinating and supervising a law student research team; coordinating with Wagner research team; and drafting the case study, and related law-oriented teaching note.

To see the first case study of this series, visit Case Study: Launching the MicroBuild Fund,

Teaching Support

The Fellow will participate in and provide support for several of the Law & Business courses currently offered. These courses are offered to JD, LLM and MBA candidates and involve a curriculum designed to be interdisciplinary in nature. The courses emphasize both business and legal aspects of the subject matter and are intended to facilitate professional interaction and joint work between students of the Law School and the Stern School of Business.

The Fellow will participate in the following courses under the supervision of Profs. Helen Scott (Law) and Karen Brenner (Stern):

Law & Business of Corporate Turnarounds and Leadership 
Ethical & Legal Challenges in the Modern Corporation 
Law & Business of Corporate Governance

The Fellow will participate in the development of the syllabus, the grading of short student papers, and the facilitation of group and individual presentations in the classes.


Applicants must have a J. D. degree, possess strong academic credentials, and have three to five years of experience with a demonstrable interest in academic enterprise and impact investing and/or social entrepreneurship.

The fellow will benefit from the mentorship of Grunin Center Faculty Director, Deborah Burand, Professor of Clinical Law; Grunin Center and Jacobson Leadership Program Faculty Directors Helen Scott, Professor of Law; and Gerald Rosenfeld, Jacobson Leadership Program Faculty Director, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Business Clinical Professor of Business at NYU Stern, and Advisor to the CEO and Vice Chairman of US Investment Banking at Lazard Ltd.
The fellow will receive a stipend, as well as health insurance and a space to work in the Law School. The directors will select the fellow based on his/her demonstrated academic excellence, interest in impact investing and/or social entrepreneurship, and the proposed Project's quality and feasibility.

The application cycle closes on May 31, 2021, at midnight. The fellowship will last for one year, from June 2021 through July 2022. Applications should include a brief statement describing prior experiences that demonstrate the applicant’s interests and aspirations for future work, as well as the Project proposal and plan. Applications should also include curriculum vitae, law school transcript; copies of any publications; two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic or professional qualifications. Please e-mail your application to

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