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From Boston to New York City and Galway to Tokyo, Alexis Smith ’10 traveled the world on co-op.

She gained critical experience in the public and private sectors, building the skills and confidence to tackle the unexpected issues lawyers face. Now, as a land lease attorney with American Tower, she relies on her hands-on law school experiences when managing complex legal matters.

One of the reasons Alexis chose Northeastern was to study with socially conscious students and faculty who welcomed conversations about tough ethical questions. She also wanted to attend a school where the students are involved, supportive and motivated to change the world. “The students at Northeastern think outside the box in terms of their careers and lives, and they want each other to succeed,” says Alexis. 


New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, New York

Under the directon of the Honorable Charles Ramon, Alexis drafted judicial opinions for commercial cases concerning real estate lease agreements, gaining crucial experience she still draws from in her career today.


  • Governing Council
  • Student Bar Association
  • Northeastern University Law Journal


Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Alexis improved her ability to write clearly and persuasively, work under deadline and collaborate with a diverse team. 


Haraguchi International Law Office, Tokyo, Japan

In addition to editing legal documents and internal and external communications, Alexis taught American legal writing to junior associates.


Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

In her Disability Law course, Alexis was able to discuss current trends in disability law research and implementation with classmates and faculty because she had learned so much on co-op.

Research Assistant

Alexis delved into international law and disability law under the guidance of Professor Hope Lewis.


Greater Boston Legal Services, Consumer Rights Unit, Boston

Alexis made a positive difference in others’ lives — and understood the tremendous impact she could have as a lawyer — by helping to protect people’s homes from foreclosure.

After graduation

  • Legal Consultant, Lao Law and Consultancy Group, Vientiane, Lao PDR
  • Land Management Attorney, American Tower, Woburn, Massachusetts 


Corporate Counsel, Toast Inc., Boston


A corporate attorney who thinks on her feet.