New York, New York
Running into the actor, Jake Gyllenhaal in the street, checking out the rooftop bars, eating Joe’s Pizza, getting lost on the subway and trying to satisfy his passion for cricket by barracking at Yankee games.
These are just some of UTS Law graduate Nicholas Saady’s early adventures in the city that never sleeps.
But Nick is not in New York for the entertainment – he’s just started his Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the prestigious New York University Law School and he is already impressed.
I am amazed at the quality of NYU Law's Faculty and facilities, the magnitude of the university campus and its location in the heart of New York City and the welcoming nature of all the people I meet who come from all over the world. I am starting to understand why NYU is considered one of the world's greatest educational institutions.
Nick sees some parallels between UTS Law and NYU, particularly their strong connections to practitioners and judges who teach classes and are involved in Law school events. He also sees similarities with UTS' embrace of technology as NYU conducts all examinations electronically rather than on paper.
He says, so far, the course has been challenging:
This is partly because the US legal system is so distinct but also because the expectations and quality of my peers is extremely high. I am really looking forward to rising to these challenges.
His colleagues will no doubt be impressed with Nick as well.
He graduated from UTS Law in March last year with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Law.
He has worked as vacation clerk, paralegal, graduate and solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills –primarily in the employment and IR team but also in the dispute resolutions and investment funds M&A teams. He also spent time as a tipstaff with two NSW Supreme Court Judges.
Recently, Nick was awarded the Law Dean's Graduate Award Scholarship to study at NYU Law School.
UTS Law academic, Dr Michael Rawling was Nick's’ honours thesis supervisor and says he was a dedicated and hard-working student:
What is most satisfying about Nick’s recent success is that his hard work has had some great outcomes including the scholarship for the study of an LLM at NYU. This type of overseas study can give alumni an edge in the local Australian labour market especially if they return to practice in the area of law that they have specialised in.
UTS Law is extremely supportive of students studying overseas either through an undergraduate exchange programme or as a post-grad because it broadens their world view and enhances their career prospects.
Nick says he can already see the advantages:
This experience will take me out of my comfort zone with all the challenges of studying, working and living in a different country. I think it will also prepare me for other challenges which will emerge throughout my career. There’s also the added opportunity of meeting new people and experiencing other cultures. On a professional level, it will give me a unique selling point for future employment and perhaps open doors I never knew existed.”
The Masters degree will take 12 months. In the future, Nick sees himself working in the private sector as an employment and labor law litigator and as a part-time academic - dealing with the impact of technological development on employment relationships.
In the meantime, he’ll focus on study with the occasional breaks for baseball games, star spotting and those famous New York pizzas.