About Alexis Anderson
Alexis Anderson is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Law School's civil litigation clinic at the Legal Assistance Bureau (LAB) in Waltham, MA. She joined Boston College Law School in 1983 and has taught a range of clinical and legal history courses. She currently teaches the Civil Litigation Clinic and the Survey Professional Responsibility Course.
Previously, she supervised BC Law's extern program and taught and coordinated the first year legal ethics and skills course. In addition, she has taught the survey American Legal History course and a seminar focusing on the development of free speech theory. From 2001-04, she served as Director of Advocacy and faculty advisor to BC Law's Board of Student Advisors.
Prior to coming to Boston College Law School, Professor Anderson was a litigator in a large, civil practice law firm in Philadelphia. She received her law degree and her Masters in Legal History from the University of Virginia. In past summers, Professor Anderson served as the project director for the State Department's Fulbright Summer Institute for International Scholars, a six-week graduate level course for foreign university professors co-hosted by Boston College Law School and the School of Arts and Sciences. The program provided an opportunity for faculty to develop international contacts and share perspectives on the role of law in the development of the American character, political system, and culture.
Professor Anderson remains active in regional and national clinical organizations and continues to publish in both the clinical, ethics and legal history fields.
- Fall 2016: No courses taught
- Spring 2017: London Semester in Practice, London Semester in Practice Seminar
Associate Clinical Professor
Boston College Law School
885 Centre St.
Newton Center, MA 02459
Custom and Practice Unmasked: the Legal History of Massachusetts' Experience with the Unauthorized Practice of Law Massachusetts Law Review (2013)
Through educational barriers, occupational licensing, and bar association activities, American lawyers have endeavored to achieve a monopoly on the practice of law. One tool that has helped cement their ability to define lawyer-only turf is ...
Challenges of “Sameness”: Pitfalls and Benefits to Assumed Connections in Lawyering Clinical Law Review (2012)
Individuals are drawn to connect with other people because of shared experiences and personal characteristics. These connections often help people establish rapport, trust, and engagement. Surely these same benefits would apply in the lawyer-client relationship ...
Beyond the ADA: How Clinics Can Assist Law Students with “Non-Visible” Disabilities to Bridge the Accommodations Gap Between Classroom and Practice Clinical Law Review (2008)
This article examines how best to educate law students with disabilities so that they can successfully transition from classroom to practice. At the very time that the importance of experiential learning is being trumpeted as ...
Professional Ethics in Interdisciplinary Collaboratives: Zeal, Paternalism and Mandated Reporting Clinical Law Review (2007)
In this Article, the authors, two clinical law teachers and a social worker teaching in the clinic, wrestle with some persistent questions that arise in cross-professional, interdisciplinary law practice. In the past decade much writing ...
Ethics in Externships: Confidentiality, Conflicts, and Competence Issues in the Field and in the Classroom Clinical Law Review (2004)
Law school faculty engaged in externship teaching have long recognized that the tripartite nature of externship practice, which joins law students, field supervisors, and faculty supervisors in the common enterprise of providing students with opportunities ...
Contributions to Books (3)
Selected Professional Activities (14)
Introduction to American Civil Litigation International Summer School, Renmin University (2014)
Professor Anderson taught the Introduction to Civil Litigation in American Courts, a Summer course at Renmin University. The course examined the underpinnings of the American adversary system and the role of a lawyer within that ...
Insights into American Law Renmin University and Boston College Law School (2013)
This presentation introduced visiting Chinese law students to American legal ethics, using negotiation ethics as an exemplar. In addition the session offered an opportunity for a comparative discussion of Chinese vs. American professional roles. Also ...