Legal Studies Minor

Law constitutes one of the fundamental ways in which society is ordered, and the rule of law remains essential to individual and communal flourishing. The Legal Studies Program at NYU Abu Dhabi poses the philosophical, cultural, religious, historical, social, political, economic, and ethical questions that prove indispensable both to a deep understanding of law and to a liberal arts education.

A student in class at NYU Abu Dhabi.

The Legal Studies Program does not focus on the laws of specific jurisdictions, but rather offers substantive and methodological insights about the nature of law and legal institutions. Legal education expands, deepens, and sharpens the mind, and it hones skills such as critical thinking, textual interpretation, understanding of the many facets of arguments, respect for the opposing views, dispute resolution, reconciliation, and clear oral and written expression.

The integration of legal studies with liberal arts education enhances the opportunity for cross-disciplinary study. The Program in Legal Studies is situated within both the Social Sciences and Arts and the Humanities, and it thus aims to serve as a bridge between these divisions.