Center for Bankruptcy Studies

The Center for Bankruptcy Studies at St. John's School of Law is home to the nation's leading LL.M in Bankruptcy Program. In affiliation with the Law School’s Institute for Bankruptcy Policy, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and other Law School constituents − the Center offers a wide range of programs for students, faculty, alumni and practitioners throughout the year. Our initiatives include the:

  • LL.M. in Bankruptcy - The country's first and preeminent master's program in bankruptcy law.
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review - The ABI Law Review leading scholarly journal on bankruptcy law.
  • Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition - The only bankruptcy moot court competition and the largest single-site appellate moot court competition in the nation. 
  • Bankruptcy Law Society – The BLS is our student organization affiliate that co-sponsors the Duberstein Competition and presents special events that feature distinguished judges and practicing attorneys speaking on current issues in the field of bankruptcy.
  • Institute for Bankruptcy Policy – A sponsor of regular symposia on bankruptcy law and numerous bankruptcy law projects and an author of law professor amicus briefs in United States Supreme Court bankruptcy matters.
  • Advisory Board - The Center for Bankruptcy Studies offers courses, programs, scholarship and a vibrant, ongoing dialogue on bankruptcy precedent and issues of the day. Anchoring and overseeing our offerings is an Advisory Board comprised of leading professionals in the field.

In affiliation with the Center and under its auspices, the Law School offers over two dozen specialized bankruptcy courses, the new Bankruptcy Advocacy Clinic and many bankruptcy externship and internship opportunities.

The ABI Bankruptcy Case Blog and the St. John’sBankruptcyResearchLibrary offer current research on bankruptcy’s most cutting edge cases and issues.
 

For more information about the Center for Bankruptcy Studies, please contact us. To support the Center and its initiatives, please visit the Law School's online giving page or contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at [email protected] or 718-990-5792.

Contact

We welcome your inquiries about the Center for Bankruptcy Studies at St. John’s School of Law.

Keith Sharfman
Professor of Law and Director of Bankruptcy Studies 
718-990-6616
Fax 718-990-8095
[email protected]

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A cornerstone of the Center for Bankruptcy Studies’ mission is to offer St. John’s law students practical, engaging and worthwhile opportunities in the bankruptcy field.

Scholarships
The following scholarships are available to candidates in our LL.M. in Bankruptcy program:

Law School Scholarships
There is a limited partial scholarship fund available to the LL.M. in Bankruptcy students. The scholarships are awarded based on the individual’s credentials, potential for success and need. Students interested in applying for such scholarships should submit a letter discussing the foregoing criteria to the Director of the Program, requesting a scholarship.

ABI Scholarship
The American Bankruptcy Institute currently awards a $15,000 annual scholarship to a student in the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program. The scholarship is awarded based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students willing to apply for the ABI Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

The Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship
The Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a deserving LL.M. in Bankruptcy student at the Law School based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students willing to apply for the Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

The Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship
The Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a deserving LL.M. in Bankruptcy student at the Law School based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students willing to apply for the Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

Journals
The Law School collaborates with the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) to publish the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. Widely regarded as the nation's premier scholarly bankruptcy journal, the ABI Law Review contains articles and student notes on cutting edge issues of bankruptcy law and practice.

In addition to its biannual publication, the ABI Law Review helps organize and run the prestigious Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, the only bankruptcy moot court competition in the nation. The ABI Law Review is responsible for the research and fact patterns that form the basis of the competitors' arguments. Its student members prepare the bench memo for all the competition judges, field two teams that litigate alongside the competitors, and serve as bailiffs in the preliminary rounds.
As part of the ABI Law Review, student members are highly encouraged to author notes on major bankruptcy issues affecting various legal disciplines, as well as interact with ABI leadership in the topic selection for each issue. Student editors and staff have complete control over the editing process. 

Competitions
The Center for Bankruptcy Studies is proud to be a sponsor of the Law School’s annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, the only bankruptcy moot court competition and the largest single-site appellate moot court competition in the nation.The event is named for distinguished St. John’s alumnus and former ABI Director, Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 90.

Affiliated Student Groups
Students can deepen their hands-on experience of bankruptcy law by participating in the Bankruptcy Law Society (BLS). Formed by a group of students in the fall of 1990, BLS aims to provide students with practical knowledge of bankruptcy law. It co-sponsors the annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition with the ABI Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society. BLS also offers student membership in the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), holds regular meetings and presents special events where distinguished judges and practicing attorneys address current issues in the field of bankruptcy.

Resources
The Center contributes to the Bankruptcy Research Library maintained by the ABI Law Review that can be search by topic. It also contributes to the Bankruptcy Case Blog.

The St. John's Bankruptcy Research Library is a project of the St. John's University School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. Inside, you will find an assortment of research memoranda on discrete issues in bankruptcy law.  Our inaugural volume was published in November 2009.  A new volume is published each year in July.

Publication in the St. John's Bankruptcy Research Library is the culmination of an annual writing project on bankruptcy law conceived for the Staff Members of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review.  The research project consists of two component parts: a case blog and research memorandum.  In the fall, ABI staffers are assigned a recent bankruptcy decision upon which they write a case research blog, available at http://stjohns.abiworld.org.  Once completed, staffers continue their research to develop the research memoranda published within the Library.

Search

Visit our companion site, the ABI Bankruptcy Case Blog, at stjohns.abiworld.org.

We are always on the lookout for new topics and cases, and we invite your participation.  If you have any suggestions, please e-mail our Librarian at [email protected].

Enjoy the library.