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Gail J. Hupper

director, ll.m. and international programs


Gail Hupper

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Director, LL.M. and International Programs

Office Location
Law School




Gail Hupper joined Boston College in 2006 to establish and direct the School’s LL.M. degree program and collaborate in the school’s international programs more generally. Her arrival at Boston College followed a fourteen-year association with Harvard Law School, most recently as a Visiting Scholar. She also held the positions of Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for the Graduate Program, and Associate Director of the European Law Research Center. While at Harvard, she taught Perspectives on American Law and the Legal Practice Workshop for LL.M. students, and served on the Committee on Graduate Studies, the Strategic Planning Committee for Internationalization, and the Programming Committee for Campus Planning. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris X (Nanterre) in April 2008.

Professor Hupper received her B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College in 1980. In 1985 she received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to her time at Harvard, she practiced corporate and securities law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Hale and Dorr in Boston, and held the position of General Counsel of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. in Westbrook, Maine. She was admitted to practice in New York in 1986 and in Massachusetts in 1989.



B.A., Williams College; J.D., Columbia Law School.



Work in Progress:

"International Ambivalence: The Rise of a Foreign-Student Doctorate in Law"


Panelist in the "Massachusetts Bar Exam Rule Change for Foreign Lawyers" panel sponsored by the Foreign Lawyers Committee of the Boston Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, January 18, 2011.

Moderator of panel on "New Trends in Legal Education Development," Qatar Law Forum, Doha, Qatar, May 31, 2009.

Panelist in the "Globalization of Legal Education" panel sponsored by the International Law section of the Boston Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, December 9, 2008.

Panelist in the "Build It and They Will Come: Responsible Growth of Post-Graduate Law Programs" panel sponsored by the AALS Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York, January 5, 2008.

"The Rise, Fall and Rise of an Academic Doctorate in Law: A Case Study in Legal Transplantation," presentation at the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers lunch at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York, January 5, 2008.

"Teaching Methods and Strategies at the Global Legal Skills Conference" held at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, moderated panel discussion, May 4, 2007.

“The Internationalization of Legal Education: A United States Perspective,” presentation at the Faculty of Law, Austral University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2007.

“U.S. Legal Education:  Themes and Variations for Civil Law Lawyers, Students and Professors,” June 2007 (presentations at the University of Palermo, Faculty of Law, Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Brazil Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Fundação Getulio Vargas, Faculty of Law, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

“The Internationalization of Legal Education: A U.S. Perspective”, presentations at the Harvard Club of France in Paris, France and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Faculty of Law in Munich, Germany, February 2007.

“U.S. Graduate Legal Education: A View from Boston College,” a presentation at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Faculty of Law in Milan, Italy, February 2007.

Guest lecture on U.S. legal education, Facultés Universitaires St. Louis, Brussels, Belgium, February 2007.


Member of a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court task force on admission of foreign-trained lawyers to the Massachusetts bar:

Member of the International Advisory Committee of Jindal Global Law School, New Delhi, India, 2006 to present. Affiliate of the Harvard Law School History Project, 2004 to present. Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers, 2002-04, 2008.


Fall 2013: No courses taught
Spring 2014: No courses taught