The Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest is a highly regarded legal writing competition that encourages and rewards law students for their outstanding writing on business law topics. The distinguished and highly-regarded former Business Law Section Chair, Mendes Hershman (1974-1975) lends his name to this legacy.
- Author of the paper must be a student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school’s J.D. program, in good standing, at the time of submission (submissions for the 2020-2021 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest will be accepted starting on December 15, 2020).
- A student does not need to be a member of the Business Law Section to enter the contest.
- Papers must be written in 2019-2020 or the current academic year.
- The paper may be speciﬁcally prepared for this contest; submitted in a class, seminar, or as an independent study; or a proposed law review/journal note, comment or article.
- Papers submitted are normally 20-30 pages long, but in any event should not exceed 100 pages of double-spaced typed text, including footnotes.
- Papers that have been submitted to or published by a student publication are acceptable for submission to the contest. The submission entry form must indicate to which publications the work has been submitted and if it has been published.
The papers will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. Depending on the topic, prior publication, and other factors, a previously unpublished ﬁrst place winning essay may be considered for publication in a Section publication.