Judge Judy donated over $5 million to fund the education of ten female law students.
The 79-year-old judge, made famous for her reality television courtroom, offered the money to her old alma mater, the New York Law School.
Announcing the donation in a statement, the school said that the money would go towards scholarships that provide “new opportunities for women to attend law school and become leaders in the legal profession.”
Named in her honour, the Judge Judy Sheindlin Honors Scholar Program aims to support ten women annually “with excellent credentials and demonstrated financial need”. Chosen students will also be offered summer employment after their first year of study.
“New York Law School has evolved into a welcoming and nurturing institution since I graduated in 1965,” stated Judy. “It is a joy for me to be able to support talented women in their pursuit of a career in the law. Independent and focused women not only enrich the profession, but the world.”
Her titular show, Judge Judy, ran for 25 years between 1996 and 2021.