The Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship has been officially launched by New York University and is the first centre of its kind at a law school. In partnership with Ashoka, the Center will work to improve the legal systems that affect social entrepreneurs—those leaders who, in the words of the new Center, possess a powerful, new, system-changing idea to directly address an intractable social need and implement pattern-breaking solutions to serve the common good.
The Center will extend NYU Law’s role in the field of law and social entrepreneurship through research and in teaching and will aim to prepare a new generation of talented, committed, and globally oriented lawyers to apply their skills to change the world for the better. In addition to their course offerings, NYU Law students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of social entrepreneurship activities. Among other initiatives, the Public Interest Law Center supports numerous student internship opportunities for summer work with social entrepreneurs and related organizations.
The driving force behind the Center is Professor Deborah Burand, who is also highly involved with the Impact Investing Legal Working Group (IILWG) and the GIIN.