The Heyman Center is the law school’s focal point for the study and research of legal issues related to business, finance and economic policy. The Center focuses on creating unique opportunities for students interested in areas of business law, organizing exclusive programs aimed at giving students direct contact with prominent lawyers, regulators and business people.

The Heyman Scholars Program is a program for select J.D. students at Cardozo exposing them to special opportunities to learn about corporate and securities law issues and to interact with professional and academic leaders.


We are now accepting applications for admission into the Fall 2016 Heyman Scholars Program. The application can be downloaded by clicking the following link: HeymanScholarApp_2016.pdf

To be considered for entry into the Heyman Scholars Program for the Fall of 2016, please submit an application no later than August 1, 2016 to Jill Gautier, Program Director, The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, Cardozo School of Law via email at HeymanCenter@yu.edu.

Each year, the Heyman Scholars Selection Committee selects approximately 5 incoming J.D. students as Heyman Scholars. In addition, the Heyman Scholars Selection Committee selects on the basis of a competitive application process approximately 3 students from the 2L and 3L years.

Incoming J.D. students are selected as Heyman Scholars on the basis of the strength of their law school applications, an expressed interest in a career in corporate law or business, an interview with the Heyman Center Selection Committee and interesting work experience or extracurricular activities. Other students applying to become Heyman Scholars in their 2L and 3L years at Cardozo are selected on the basis of the strength of their academic record at Cardozo, a written statement of interest, an interview with the Heyman Center Selection Committee, an expressed interest in a career in corporate law or business and interesting work experience or extracurricular activities.


Mentoring and Social Events

Heyman Scholars will be linked to a network of Heyman and other Cardozo alumni mentors who work in various areas of corporate law and business. First year students will also be mentored by second and third year Heyman Scholars. This relationship helps ease the transition into the first year of law school and fosters a collegial program.

Scholars are also matched with faculty mentors who provide guidance and support. Heyman Scholar alumni become part of a network that provides opportunities for social events and informal job counseling, and current Scholars periodically arrange off campus social events.

Professional Development

Monthly Meetings: All Heyman Scholars meet together approximately once a month to discuss matters of current interest, including both practical and theoretical aspects of business law. Practitioners, members of the Cardozo faculty and Cardozo alumni will also be invited to attend and speak to the Scholars adding depth and expertise to the discussions.

Breakfast Meetings with The Heyman Center Advisory Committee: Scholars are invited to attend exclusive meetings with members of the Heyman Advisory Committee. This gives students a unique opportunity to discuss their goals and receive advice from some of the best corporate lawyers in the country. These meetings are held at various offices of reputable law firms and business offices, adding an important element of space and status to the legal experience. To learn more about the Advisory Committee members, please click here.

In addition, Heyman Scholars receive unique access to special guest speakers and invitations to lectures, conferences and social events (inside and outside of Cardozo). They have the opportunity to work closely with members of the Cardozo faculty and important Heyman connections.

Assistance with Internships/Externships

Heyman Scholars are offered assistance and advice in securing internships in the public and private sector in areas of corporate and securities law. Examples include:

  • JPMorgan Chase Summer Associate Program
  • Heyman Center Summer Public Service Fellowships (for students who accept summer positions with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, such as NY State Attorney General’s Office, FINRA, SEC, CFTC, Commercial Division of NY Supreme Court, etc.)
  • International Corporate/IP Fellowship (administered by the Office of Career Services) in which students receive financial support for positions in international organizations and government agencies (outside of the US)

Admission to the Oxford Colloquium

Heyman Scholars are offered priority in admission to the Oxford Colloquium. The Heyman Center sponsors an intensive two-week summer colloquium at Oxford University during which students study comparative practices of corporate governance in the U.S., Europe, Japan and elsewhere. Heyman Scholars who chose to participate in the colloquium receive priority in admission and/or a discount toward the tuition of the program.

Other Opportunities

  • Writing opportunity: the Heyman Scholars will be encouraged to collectively author an article, note, compendium of noteworthy corporate law cases, or other writing that could be submitted for publication
  • Priority in admission to transactional negotiation competitions representing Cardozo and The Heyman Center in regional and national LawMeets and other competitions
  • Exclusive invitation to an annual alumni cocktail party with current Heyman Scholars and Heyman alumni, Advisory Committee members, and the Dean

Heyman Scholars will continue to be part of the Heyman Center and the Heyman Scholars Program for each year until graduation, provided that the student meets certain program requirements, including maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average at the end of his or her first year and each semester thereafter. In addition, as a condition to retaining the Heyman Scholar title, students will be expected to make a good faith effort to attend all events of the Heyman Center and to assist with various projects of the Center, especially those that focus on maintaining strong relationship with Heyman and Cardozo alums.