Employment and Graduate Studies

The versatility of the Legal Studies degree paves the way to manifold career options. The study of law counts as a time-honored and proven path to opportunities as government officials, entrepreneurs, advocates, diplomats, corporate executives, NGO representatives, and not-for-profit directors, to mention but a few examples. For those students who intend to enroll in J.D., LL.M. and other graduate programs, the Legal Studies major affords a firm foundation as the major introduces an understanding of law which, no doubt, will prove advantageous to further study. 

Where Are They Now?

Legal Studies prepares students to pursue professional and academic opportunities across a wide variety of disciplines and fields. Students who benefited from Legal Studies courses are employed and studying in countries around the world. This is just a small sample.


  • Law firms
  • Government
  • Education
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Corporates

Graduate Schools

  • UCL (University College London)
  • Cornell Law School
  • Harvard Law School
  • Yale Law School
  • University of Oxford

Legal Studies courses allowed me to think of different issues in the law and later succeed in Harvard Law. From the classes, I developed foundational skills for law school: building an argument, interpreting the legal texts, and thinking and speaking in a legal language. I was lucky that the Legal Studies Program already built such a great foundation for me even when it wasn’t a structured program yet.

Dmitry Dobrovolskiy, Class of 2018; J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School

The Career Development Center at NYU Abu Dhabi works with students to help improve interpersonal skills, find internship and job opportunities, and prepare for graduate school.

Doors Open with a NYUAD Degree 

Our alumni leave NYUAD with jobs and graduate schools lined up for them.


I would recommend Legal Studies courses to both students interested in becoming lawyers, and those who just want to understand the world around them better. Looking back, I think mentorship from the Legal Studies faculty is the reason I am at my dream law school now. Professor Coughlin’s guidance truly changed the course of my life.

Kristina Stanković-Kania, Class of 2019; J.D. Candidate at NYU Law School

My Favorite Course in Legal Studies

Legal Ethics

This course balances between theory and empirical research about the legal profession with US legal ethics rules and case law.

Speech, Debate, and Oral Argumentation

The persuasive reasoning, communication, and negotiation skills that I learned from the class were invaluable not only in my law school but also everywhere.


This course teaches indispensable lessons in not only international law but also teamwork and cooperation.