Paul, Weiss makes major gift to NYU Law in support of transactional and law and business curriculum

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has made a major gift to NYU School of Law, providing substantial support for the Law School’s law and business curriculum. As a recognition of the firm’s preeminent transactional practice and their extraordinary support of NYU Law, the group of transactional and law and business courses offerings will be housed under the heading Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Transactional and Law and Business Courses. This gift marks a new phase of the outstanding relationship between the firm and NYU Law, which looks forward to involving more Paul, Weiss attorneys with the transactional and law and business classes and the life of the Law School.

NYU Law is especially grateful to Alan Kornberg ’77 and Valerie Radwaner ’87, both partners at Paul, Weiss, who were instrumental in bringing the partnership to fruition. Paul, Weiss already has a place on NYU Law’s Wall of Honor highlighting firms’ generous support of the Law School, and has also supported NYU Law student groups. The firm's involvement with the Law and Business Program will bring its expertise directly to the classroom as well as provide generous funding.

The Law School offers an exciting range of law and business courses that prepare students for real-world deals in today’s increasingly complex corporate landscape, with the option of a dual J.D./M.B.A. In classes that bring Law School and Stern School of Business students together to learn from each other, expert practitioners teach the law and business of corporate transactions, corporate governance, and microfinance, among other courses. Students not only study major deals, but also interact with the lawyers and bankers who actually worked on them. The curriculum includes professional responsibility, bankruptcy and reorganization, and other topics vital to a corporate lawyer. The Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law & Business provides special opportunities for selected students, including scholarships, mentoring, and a seminar in which students complete their own projects under faculty advisement. NYU Law will also soon implement increased business, financial literacy, and leadership training schoolwide.

Professor Helen Scott, co-director of the Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law & Business, said she was thrilled that Paul, Weiss would be partnering with NYU Law as the curriculum continues to expand: “We look forward to Paul, Weiss attorneys engaging with our students in a variety of transactional courses and settings.”

Posted on January 25, 2013