2016 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest
- Author of the paper must be a student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school’s J.D. program at the time of submission (submissions for the 2015-2016 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest will be accepted starting on December 1).
- A student does not need to be a member of the Business Law Section to enter the contest.
- Papers must be written in 2015-2016 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 Depending on the topic, prior publication, and other factors, a previously unpublished first place winning essay may be considered for publication in a Section publication.Contest Guidelines
The prizes for the writing contest are:
- First Place: $2,500 to the first place winner to be presented at the Business Law Section Spring.
- Second Place: $1,000 to the second place winner to be presented at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting.
- Third Place: $500 to the third place winner to be presented at the Section of Business Law Section Spring Meeting.
Outstanding papers may also be included in The Business Lawyer, a quarterly publication which is the premier business law journal in the country.
The Business Law Section is now accepting submissions for the 2015-2016 Writing Contest cycle.
Please download the 2016 submission entry form here.
All entries must be received by Friday, January 15, 2016.
Please contact Stephanie Rodriguez with any questions by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 312-988-6398.
- All submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee after the January 15 deadline.
- All applicants will be notified of their application’s status by Spring 2016.
"Business Law" is a broad category. Without attempting to define the area precisely, the subject is intended to include matters within law school curricula in courses entitled:
- Creditor's Rights
- Financial Institutions
- Business Law
- Employment Law
- Business Organizations
- Insurance Law
- Commercial Law
- Oil and Gas Law
- Consumer Law
- Professional Responsibility
- Corporate Finance
- Secured Transactions
- Corporate Governance
- Securities Regulations
- Uniform Commercial Code