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. and LL.M. students at Cardozo exposing them to special opportunities to learn about corporate and securities law issues and to interact with professional and academic leaders.


Each year, the Heyman Scholars Selection Committee will select approximately 4 incoming J.D. and LL.M. students as Heyman Scholars. In addition, the Heyman Scholars Selection Committee will select on the basis of a competitive application process approximately 4 students from the 2L and 3L years.

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

Applications for the fall entry students will be available Spring 2016 and are due August 1st. For May entry students, the applications for admission to the program are due by May 1st. Applications should be submitted before the deadline to Jill Gautier, Program Director, The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, Suite 541, New York, NY 10003 or via email at HeymanCenter@yu.edu.


Mentoring and Social Events

Second and third year students will be linked to a network of Heyman alumni mentors who are working in various areas of corporate law and business; first year students will be mentored by second and third year Heyman Scholars. By operation, each first year will have both a student mentor and access to alumni mentors. This relationship helps ease the transition of the first year of law school and fosters a collegial program.

Scholars are also matched with faculty mentors who provide guidance and support. Heyman Scholars 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 will meet together at least 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 will be invited to attend exclusive meetings with members of the Heyman Advisory Committee. This will give students a unique opportunity to discuss their goals and receive advice from some of the best corporate lawyers in the country. These meetings will be held at various offices of reputable law firms, adding an important element of space and status to the law firm experience. To learn more about the Advisory Committee members, please visit our website www.heyman-center.org

In addition, Heyman Scholars will receive unique access to special guest speakers and invitations to lectures, conferences and social events (inside and outside of Cardozo). They will 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 public and private sector in areas of corporate and securities law. Here is a list of some examples:

  • JPMorgan Chase Summer Associate Program
  • Heyman Center Summer Public Service Fellowships (for students who accept summer positions with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, i.e., 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 alums, 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 maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 at the end of his or her first year and each semester thereafter. Needless to say, you must also comply with the disciplinary code applicable to all students as set forth in the student handbook. 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.