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February 10, 2011


Journal of Business & Securities Law Leaps in National Rankings

East Lansing, MI — Since becoming an official publication of Michigan State University College of Law in 2009, the Journal of Business & Securities Law has rapidly gained ground as a nationally recognized scholarly publication.

The Journal jumped an impressive 345 spots among all law journals in 2010, according to the annual rankings issued by the Washington & Lee University School of Law, the leading source for data on legal periodicals. Among the more exclusive group of journals specializing in commercial law, the Journal was ranked 36th overall, marking a 33-place increase over 2009.

Founded in 2005, the Journal of Business & Securities Law is entirely edited and published by the MSU Law students. “Given how new this journal is, the success and national recognition are astounding,” said Todd Jennings, co-editor-in-chief of the publication. “It’s nice to see the hard work of all the Journal members pay off.”

A specialty publication, the Journal provides in-depth coverage of topics at the intersection of law and business, filling a void left by most other legal publications. “In an era when these issues are more important than ever, the Journal is providing much-needed information for the practitioner to use in the courtroom or in transactions,” said Jennings.

Consistent with its practice-oriented mission, the Journal is a major supporter and sole publisher of the proceedings of the Midwest Securities Law Institute, hosted by the MSU Law and the State Bar of Michigan. “The Journal’s publication of the Institute’s proceedings facilitates the dissemination of the critical securities issues present each year and is an important service to the securities bar,” said Elliot Spoon, advisor to the Journal and co-chair of the annual event.

The W&L Law ranking system is based on a composite of each journal’s impact factor—the average annual number of citations to the journal’s articles—and the total number of citations to the journal in the preceding eight years. Complete rankings and a detailed description of the methodology are available at

Citations to the Journal and its overall impact factor both increased in 2010. “We look forward to building on these achievements to become an increasingly influential voice in the legal community,” said Justin Bratt, the Journal’s other co-editor-in-chief.

The Journal of Business & Securities Law is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in the field of business and securities law, including securities regulation, corporate litigation, commercial transactions, employment, e-commerce, and other topics touching on the intersection of law and business. For more information about the Journal, visit

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, 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, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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MSU College of Law Journal of Business & Securities Law members, 2010–11

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