October 12, 2009


Journal of Business & Securities Law Receives Official Status

East Lansing, MI — The Journal of Business & Securities Law (JBSL), a student-run, student-edited law journal, has become an official journal of Michigan State University College of Law. This recognition transforms JBSL from an independent student organization into one that is acknowledged, supported, and sponsored by the Law College.

Founded six years ago by business law students as a means of advancing legal scholarship in the areas of business and securities law, JBSL has grown to include a staff of 50 law students and a 15-member editorial board. JBSL also is the sole publisher of the annual Midwest Securities Law Institute and the host of the national Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition. Within the past year, JBSL articles were used by federal district courts in Connecticut and the Southern District of New York regarding cases involving U.S. securities law.

"Becoming an official journal acknowledges the high caliber of our staff, the outstanding quality of our work product, and the value of our contributions to the body of legal knowledge," says Philip L. Ellison, co- editor in chief.

The recognition process was a long and rigorous one that took several years. Approval required the consent of a faculty journals committee, the law school faculty, and Joan W. Howarth, dean of MSU Law.

"The recognition by the law school, its faculty, and Dean Howarth is a huge honor for our organization," states Matt Leffler, co-editor in chief.

JBSL provides insight into legal issues surrounding the business community through publication of scholarly articles and other commentary. JBSL accepts submissions written by law school faculty, active members of the legal community, and other members of the legal profession. More about JBSL, including a full archive of past articles, can be found at

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of creating practice-ready attorneys. As one of a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After a hundred years as a private and independent Law College, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars. Law College curriculum is rigorous and challenging and the facility is equipped with the latest resources-all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st century lawyers.


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