Contributor Profile: Gail J. Hupper

Gail J. Hupper, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, focuses on research concerning the evolution of the post-graduate legal education in the United States. Her article Educational Ambivalence: The Rise of a Foreign-Student Doctorate in Law will be featured at the New England Law Review’s Fall Paper Symposium on November 5, 2014.

Gail Hupper received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from Williams College and was awarded the Graves Essay Prize for study of the Social Security system. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School and was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She is admitted to practice law in both Massachusetts and New York.

In 2006, Gail Hupper joined Boston College Law School as the Director of LL.M and International Programs. She founded and directed the school’s LL.M program in order to expose foreign students to the core concepts and evolution of the U.S. legal system. Within many of her responsibilities, she provided advice on job search strategies, networking opportunities, and resume building to prepare students for their future in the global world. As Director, she also advocated for and co-directed international programs and founded the International Legal Studies Colloquium series, thus exposing students to international initiatives. While at Boston College Law School, Gail Hupper was also a dedicated Professor to the LL.M. students. She transferred to Visiting Scholar status at Boston College for the 2013 calendar year before returning to Harvard.

Additionally, she held various positions at Harvard Law School including: Instructor in the Graduate Program Legal Practice Workshop; Lecturer in Law; Associate Director at the European Law Research Center; Director of Admissions and Financial Aid of the Graduate Program; Deputy Director of the Graduate Program; Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies; and a Visiting Scholar. As a Visiting Scholar, Gail Hupper primarily “focuse[s] on the evolution of graduate legal education, particularly doctoral programs in law,” and also participates in the Harvard Law School History Project. Her published work includes: The Academic Doctorate in Law: A Vehicle for Legal Transplants?; Legal Doctorate’s Unexpected Turn; The Rise of an Academic Doctorate in Law: Origins Through World War II; A Different Perspective on the Takeover Debate; Glass-Steagall Act: Underwriting by Depository Institutions of Securitized Products; Implications of the Bennett Decision for Conservative Servitudes; and Proceedings of the Forum on European Community Database Directive.

Gail Hupper was recognized for her scholarly work during the 100th anniversary of the Doctorate of Judicial Science (S.J.D.) program at Harvard Law School, specifically for her articles on the history and the development of the S.J.D.—the most advanced degree at Harvard Law School. In her articles The Rise of an Academic Doctorate in Law: Origins Through World War II and The Academic Doctorate in Law: A Vehicle for Legal Transplants?, Gail Hupper addresses the evolution of the U.S. legal education system as well as that of the S.J.D.

The New England Law Review is proud to feature Gail Hupper’s article during the Fall 2014 Symposium and honored to share her knowledge with other students, professors, and colleagues at New England Law | Boston.

Contributing Editor: Katarina Kozakova

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