B.A., University of Maryland
Joshua M. Alter is the Director of Graduate Global Engagement and an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law.
Since early 2016, Joshua has been based in Shanghai, China, and serves as an international exchange professor at St. John’s Law’s global partner schools, an advisor to partner schools on the state of legal education in the United States, and a mentor to students interested in studying law in the United States. He focuses on engagement at St. John’s Law’s partner schools and onboarding activities with incoming LL.M. students.
Joshua has taught as an international exchange professor at many St. John’s Law partner schools in China, including Beijing Jiaotong University, East China Normal University, East China University of Political Science and Law, Northwest University of Politics and Law, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Soochow University and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. In early 2017, he served in the same capacity at Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic. In addition to his full-length courses, Joshua has guest lectured at partner law schools throughout China, as well as in India and Indonesia. In the United States, Joshua primarily teaches courses focused on legal writing, and received a Dean’s Adjunct Teaching Award for his work in the 2013-14 academic year.
Joshua developed the pre-LL.M. program for incoming St. John’s Law LL.M. students, working with J.D. students and the Office of Graduate Studies to provide comprehensive support for new students and to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for international law students. The pre-LL.M. program is designed to introduce incoming students to the U.S. legal system through an introduction to the common law system, U.S. law and legal writing.
Prior to taking on this new role, Joshua served St. John’s Law in two other legal education administration roles. From August 2013 until July 2014, Joshua served as the Senior Graduate Fellow in the Center for International and Comparative Law, and from August 2014 until December 2015, he served as the J.D. Programs Director in the Office of Transnational Programs.