University unveils new scholarship in name of late legal columnist and professor Gary Slapper

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By Katie King on

But it won’t be available to law students

It has been revealed that New York University (NYU) will be offering students at its London campus a new scholarship in the name of late legal columnist and professor Gary Slapper.

Slapper was the director of NYU’s London campus. A stalwart in legal academia and commentary, the world was shocked when he died unexpectedly in December last year. Former colleague and NYU president Professor Andrew Hamilton announced the scholarship news at Slapper’s recent memorial service in London.

There will be two scholarships available each year (one in autumn, one in spring). The value of these will be based on the students’ needs because, in the words of an NYU spokesperson, “Gary was always very concerned about ensuring that students with financial need were able to pursue their studies at NYU London.”

However, contrary to previous reports on this in The Times (£), Legal Cheek can confirm this scholarship will not be available to law students. This is because NYU London does not offer a law programme at undergraduate nor postgraduate level. Subjects which are eligible — a full list of which can be found here — include Africana studies, creative writing, drama, journalism, Middle Eastern studies and politics.

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