Alexandra Carter

Clinical Professor of Law; Director of Clinical Education

Office: Jerome Greene Hall
435 West 116 Street
New York NY 10027

Assistant Info

Name: Clinic Staff
Phone: 212-854-4291
  • Mediation 
  • Civil litigation
  • FTC/DOJ merger review


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2003
  • Georgetown University, B.A., English, 1997

Media Contact:

  • Public Affairs, (212) 854-2650.

Detailed Biography:

Alexandra Carter ’03 joined the faculty in 2008 as an Associate Clinical Professor of Law with expertise in mediation and civil litigation. She is the Director of the Law School's Clinical Programs.

Carter, who has taught courses on mediation to many differing groups from the private and public sectors, as well as to academic audiences abroad in Brazil and the Netherlands, is a strong advocate of mediation as a valuable tool for many kinds of legal challenges.  She also serves on the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee for the New York State Unified Court System.  Under Carter’s supervision, students in the Mediation program mediate a wide range of cases involving commercial, employment discrimination, housing and family disputes. 

Prior  to joining the Columbia faculty, Carter was associated with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she worked as part of a team defending against a multibillion dollar securities class-action lawsuit related to the Enron collapse, served as the senior antitrust associate on several multibillion dollar mergers, and handled cases involving copyright law.

Earlier in her career, Carter worked as a private equity analyst with Goldman Sachs in New York from 1998 to 2000, then enrolled at Columbia Law School, where she took the Mediation Clinic, and later worked as a teaching assistant in the clinic under Professor Liebman. Carter also was an articles editor for the Journal of Transnational Law.

While a student at the Law School, where she earned James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone academic honors, Carter won two significant prizes: the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for clinical advocacy; and the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for best oral argument in the 2002 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition.  Carter clerked for the Hon. Mark L. Wolf, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston, from 2003-2004.

Carter majored in English and minored in Mandarin Chinese at Georgetown University, earning her B.A. in 1997. She spent 1997-98 in Taiwan on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she researched Taiwan's contemporary literature to assess the political tensions at the time between those who wanted the island to assert independence and those who favored reunification with the Republic of China.


Recent Publications:

  • "Hey, That's My Copyright:  Exploring the Boundaries of the Work-for-Hire Doctrine," New York Law Journal, April 2007
  • Forthcoming in 2012:  “An Introduction to Mediation for Estate Planners”; as part of Mediation for Estate Planners: Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianships and Bioethics, edited by Susan N. Gary