Alexis Smith Palmer ’10

I felt like a lawyer while I was still in school.

Alexis Smith Palmer ’10

From Boston to New York City and Galway to Tokyo, Alexis Smith Palmer ’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 senior corporate counsel with Toast, Inc., 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.

Co-op

New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, New York, New York

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

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.

Co-op

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.

Co-op

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 did a deep dive in to international law and disability law.

Co-op

Greater Boston Legal Services, Consumer Rights Unit, Boston, Massachusetts

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

Next

Land Management Attorney, American Tower, Woburn, Massachusetts

Now

Senior Corporate Counsel, Toast Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

Result

A corporate attorney who thinks on her feet.