Clinical Professor of Legal Writing and Research - Open Rank

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
06 Jan 2023
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05 Feb 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time


NYU Abu Dhabi invites applications for a (continuing contract / open rank) faculty appointment as Clinical Professor in Legal Writing and Research in Legal Studies, Arts and Humanities Division with appointment starting in August 2023 for the 2023-24 academic year. 

Applicants should have a graduate degree in law and particular interests and expertise in US and UK legal systems and a successful record of teaching legal writing and research.

Teaching load for the year is 4 courses (typically 2 in Fall, 2 in Spring) plus capstone thesis advising and other standard faculty responsibilities. The primary responsibility is to teach Legal Writing and Research.  

The undergraduate major in Legal Studies at NYU Abu Dhabi poses the broad philosophical, cultural, social, economic, political, religious, and ethical questions that prove indispensable both to a deep understanding of law and to liberal arts education. What is justice? What is Law? How is it organized? Who and what constitutes the arbiter of justice? What are the effects of historical, cultural, religious, and national settings on law and justice? Is the developing global society on the path to a just and moral order, and what role can the law play? What are the legal issues raised by global concerns such as those about the environment, technology, and cyber security?  The Legal Studies curriculum design responds, in part, to the increasing globalization of law through a consideration of issues such as the environment, the rule of law, international business, law and media, human rights, technology and security, and law and ethics. At the same time, recognizing that law maintains a local focus, the curriculum treats the broad questions raised by globalization through the study of particular examples drawn from common law, continental law and other legal systems.  The major in Legal Studies is intended as an approach to the study of law rooted in the liberal arts tradition. 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 the Arts and Humanities, and it thus aims to serve as a bridge between these divisions. The curriculum aspires to foster in students the readiness and ability to act in a truly human manner which entails qualities such as serving as an advocate for individual rights and as an artisan of the common good.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

Established in partnership between New York University (NYU) and the emirate of Abu Dhabi, over the last decade, NYUAD has assembled a remarkable community of scholars, students, researchers, artists, inventors, and others who have contributed to the growth of the UAE’s capital as a global hub of knowledge and culture while establishing a new model of higher education for today’s complex world.

NYUAD is animated by inspiring and diverse faculty, students, and staff working together in an exciting and dynamic city. As an international center of excellence in teaching and research, our goal is to attract outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students and provide an intellectually rich environment.

NYUAD students come from more than 126 countries, with no single nationality exceeding more than 15 percent of the total student population. Likewise, our over 320 faculty members represent more than 45 nationalities and bring a global perspective to their classrooms and research projects. NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging and equity (IDBE), which is fundamental to the University’s commitment to excellence. Visit our website for more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values are fundamental to our mission.

Students are drawn from among the world’s best. They are bright, intellectually passionate, and committed to building a campus environment anchored in mutual respect, understanding, and care. The NYUAD undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school admissions, and other global honors. Graduate education is an area of growth for the University; the current graduate student population of over 100 students is expected to expand in the next decade as we develop new graduate programs.

Working for NYUAD

At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than where you work; it’s your home. In order for faculty to thrive, we offer a comprehensive benefits package. This starts with a generous relocation allowance; educational assistance for your dependents; access to health and wellness services; and more. NYUAD is committed to faculty success throughout the academic trajectory, providing support for ambitious and world-class research projects and innovative, interactive teaching approaches. Support for dual-career families is a priority. Visit our website for more information on benefits for you and your dependents.


As specified above, applicants must have a masters or doctorate in law.  A clear commitment to undergraduate teaching, experience as a practitioner of law, and knowledge of US and UK legal systems are essential.  A successful record of teaching Legal Writing and Research is also highly advantageous.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Statement of Teaching Interests
  • Recent Teaching Evaluations (if available) 
  • Writing Sample
  • Statement of Research Interests 
  • The names and email addresses of three references who will be asked to upload letters confidentially through Interfolio.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Hiring for this position is subject to final budgetary approval.

If you have any questions, please e-mail

If this sounds like you, apply now.

Join NYU Abu Dhabi, an exceptional place for exceptional people.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence. NYUAD is an equal-opportunity employer.  We particularly welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, women, and UAE nationals. Multidisciplinary research and exceptional teaching in a highly diverse and inclusive campus community are hallmarks of the University’s mission.


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