Business Law Section Annual Law Student Writing Competition

The Business Law Section sponsors an annual Student Writing Competition, open to all students who are candidates for the JD or LLM degree at an accredited law school during the year in which the article is submitted. The student articles submitted in a given year that are judged first and second best, provided they are of publishable quality and otherwise meet the criteria of the Competition, will receive cash prizes of $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. At the discretion of the editors, they also will be published in the NYSBA New York Business Law Journal, which is sponsored by the Section and by New York Law School and is published in the Spring and Fall. Additional cash prizes may be awarded in the discretion of the Section. Entries that do not qualify for cash prizes may also be considered for publication in the Journal.

Articles submitted will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the Journal’s audience (New York business lawyers)
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Originality
  • Quality of research and writing
  • Clarity and conciseness

The manuscript should follow blue book cite format (using endnotes rather than footnotes) and be a minimum of 3000 words (there is no maximum). Submissions should be made by February 15 for the Spring issue and August 15 for the Fall issue of the Journal. All submissions become the property of the NYSBA and the Business Law Journal. By submitting an article, the student is deemed to consent to its publication, whether or not a cash prize is awarded.

To enter, the student should submit an original, unpublished manuscript in Word format to David L. Glass, editor in chief, NYSBA New York Business Law Journal ( The student should include a brief biography, including law school attended, degree for which the student is a candidate, and expected year of graduation.

Congratulations to the 2014 Writing Competition Winners!

1st prize – Mr. Richard Jones, New York Law School
“The Counterintuitive Effects of the Volcker Rule and the Push-Out Rule”  (published in the NY Business Law Journal, Summer 2014) 

2nd prize – Ms. Nithya Narayanan, Harvard Law School
“America’s Tweak to the Loser Pays Rule: A Board-Insulating Mechanism?” (published in the NY Business Law Journal, Winter 2014)