The NYSBA Student Writing Competition (Prize: $2,000)

July 1, 20230

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Student Writing Competition is now open.

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Student Writing Competition is an annual competition for law students in accredited law schools in the United States. 

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The Competition is 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.


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 the blue book cite format (using endnotes rather than footnotes). It should have a minimum of 3,000 words (there is no maximum). 

Application Deadline

Submissions for the Fall issue of the Journal should be made by August 15. 


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To enter, the student should submit an original, unpublished manuscript in Word format to: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.


The student articles submitted in a given year are judged first, second, and third best. The articles must, however, be of publishable quality and meet the criteria of the Competition. The first, second, and third winning articles will receive cash prizes of $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively. 

At the discretion of the editors, they also will be published in the NYSBA NY Business Law Journal, which is sponsored by the Section in cooperation with Albany Law School and is published in the Spring and Fall. 

Additional cash prizes may be awarded in the discretion of the Section, and the Section reserves the right to award some, all, or none of the prizes, depending on its determination of the quality of submissions. 

Entries that do not qualify for cash prizes may also be considered for publication in the Journal.

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