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The Ethical Use of Social Media in the Legal Profession

Time limit: 120 days
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Instructor Information

· Instructor Name and Credentials: Alexis Anderson, J.D.

· Instructor Title: Associate Clinical Professor of Law

· Email Address:

Course Info:

Course Title: 

The Ethical use of Social Media in the Legal Profession (draft title)

Release Date:

January 1, 2019

Valid for Credit through:

December 31, 2020

Participants have 120 days to complete the program online after registration

Estimated time to complete Module

90 minutes

Target Audience

This course has been designed to meet the educational needs of lawyers and legal professionals involved with ethical issues.

Accreditation Statement / CLE Credit

Wording TBD

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Wording TBD

Instructions for Successful Completion:

The cost to participate and receive CLE credit for this course is $99.  Participants have 120 days to complete the course after registration. To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate, participants must 1) read the learning Objectives and Faculty Disclosures; 2) participate in the course, including interactive components; and 3) complete the course evaluation at the end of the course.  After successfully completing this evaluation participants will be able to access their certificate of completion for the course.

Financial Aid / Refunds

No financial assistance is available.  All course sales are final; no refunds are available.  Registrations may not be transferred to another person or to another course, workshop, or program.


This course is designed to enhance lawyers’ and legal professionals’ knowledge of current professional practices related to ethics.  This course does not replace existing legal and regulatory requirements and rules.


The learning goals of the lesson include:

a.              To recognize the ethical issues inherent in use of social media and analyze them appropriately;

b.              To assist practitioners in balancing the benefits of social media against a client’s expectation of privacy;

c.              To provide guidance on attorneys’ use of social media for fact gathering;

d.              To provide guidance on lawyers’ use of social media for marketing;

e.              To assess critically the underlying policies behind the ethical rules.

This ethics primer is designed to assist lawyers in using social media responsibly. Navigating social media's ethical minefield can be tricky; this lesson will help attorneys embrace the use of social media. From blogging to sleuthing, we will explore the benefits and challenges inherent in social media and describe best practices. Participants can assess their mastery of the material through frequent self-checks designed to allow lawyers to apply the concepts to real life situations.


Alexis Anderson is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Law School's Civil Litigation Clinic, which is one of the in-house clinical opportunities located in the Center for Experiential Learning. She joined Boston College Law School in 1983 and has taught a range of clinical, ethics, and legal history courses. Most recently, she has taught students who are serving as their clients’ front line lawyers in the Civil Litigation Clinic, has taught a first year simulation course, Deals and Disputes, and is directing the law school’s London Semester in Practice program for spring, 2017.

Previously, she supervised BC Law's domestic extern program and taught and coordinated the required first year legal ethics and skills course. In 2013, she taught a simulation legal skills and ethics course at Renmin University in Beijing.  In addition, she has taught both the survey Professional Responsibility course and an ethics seminar for students enrolled in the school’s experiential courses.  Building on her interest in legal history, she has taught a seminar focusing on the development of free speech theory both at the law school and abroad at the University of Nanterre in France. From 2001-04, she served as Director of Advocacy and faculty advisor to BC Law's Board of Student Advisors.

Prior to coming to Boston College Law School, Professor Anderson was a litigator in a large, civil practice law firm in Philadelphia. She received her law degree and her Masters in Legal History from the University of Virginia. In past summers, Professor Anderson served as the project director for the State Department's Fulbright Summer Institute for International Scholars, a six-week graduate level course for foreign university professors co-hosted by Boston College Law School and the School of Arts and Sciences. The program provided an opportunity for faculty to develop international contacts and share perspectives on the role of law in the development of the American character, political system, and culture.  She continues to participate in summer institutes held at the law school for foreign students and is a Fulbright Specialist candidate.

Professor Anderson remains active in regional and national clinical organizations and continues to publish in both the clinical, ethics and legal history fields.