Laurel S. Terry

Professor of Law
H. Laddie Montague Jr. Chair in Law

Laurel S. Terry is a three-time Fulbright recipient who writes and teaches about the impact of globalization on the legal profession, especially with respect to regulatory issues. Her scholarship has identified emerging issues for the legal profession and urged stakeholder engagement, new initiatives, and regulatory reform.

She has participated in numerous academic conferences in the U.S. and elsewhere and has delivered two named ethics lectures. In addition to academic conferences, she has been invited to speak about her scholarship to the Conference of Chief Justices, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the CCBE, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, IILACE, and the recently-created International Conference of Legal Regulators.

Her recent scholarship has focused on the need for regulatory objectives, proactive lawyer regulation, and an international network of lawyer regulators. She also has written about the impact on the legal profession of the GATS, FATF, the Bologna Process, antitrust initiatives, and recent UK and Australian reforms.

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Coif, and the American Law Institute. Before her academic career, she served as a law clerk for the Hon. A.T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as an extern for the Hon. J.L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and practiced in the litigation department of a large law firm in Portland, Oregon.

Select Publications by Professor Terry

Russell Pearce, Daniel J. Capra, Bruce A. Green, Renee Knake and Laurel Terry, PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (Interactive Casebooks) (West 2nd ed. 2013) (and blog)

Laurel S. Terry and José Carlos Llerena Robles, The Relevance of FATF’s Recommendations and 4th Round of Mutual Evaluations to the Legal Profession, 42 Fordham Int’l L. J. 627 (2018)

Laurel S. Terry, The Impact of Global Developments on U.S. Legal Ethics During the Past Thirty Years, 30 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 365 (2017)


Laurel Terry


Phone  717-240-5262

CV  Curriculum Vitae



J.D., University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., University of California, San Diego

Faculty Blog

Selected Works

Research Interests
Globalization and the legal profession

Current Courses
Professional Responsibility

Global Legal Practice Seminar

Practicing Law in a Global World: Contexts & Competencies

In The Media
Professor Laurel Terry’s articles on “regulatory objectives” for the legal profession cited by the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services

Dickinson Law Professors to attend Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL) Conference in Denver

Professor Laurel Terry and Andreas Hanke discuss important issues facing "Transnational Families"

Professor Terry quoted in Wall Street Journal blog

Additional Publications by Professor Terry


Russell Pearce, Daniel J. Capra, Bruce A. Green, Renee Knake and Laurel Terry, Professional Responsibility, A Contemporary Approach (Interactive Casebooks) (West 2nd ed. 2013)(and blog)

Laurel S. Terry, GATS: A Revised Handbook for International Bar Association Member Bars(Rev. ed. 2013)

Selected Book Chapters

Laurel S. Terry, Ch. 12: Globalization and Regulation in Paul Haskins, ed. The Relevant Lawyer: Reimagining the Future of the Legal Profession 157 (ABA 2015)

Laurel S. TerryLawyers, Regulation of in James Wright Ed., 13 International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences 619-627 (2nd ed. 2015)(Elsevier Ltd. Oxford)

Erica Moeser and Laurel Terry, Legal Services in the United States in Aik Hoe Lim and Bart De Meester (editors), Domestic Regulation And Services Trade: Putting Principles Into Practice129-141(Cambridge University Press 2014)


Laurel S. Terry and José Carlos Llerena Robles, The Relevance of FATF’s Recommendations and 4th Round of Mutual Evaluations, 42 Fordham J. Int’l L. __ (2018)(forthcoming)

Laurel S. Terry, The Impact of Global Developments on U.S. Legal Ethics During the Past Thirty Years, 30 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 365 (2017)

Laurel S. Terry, The Power of Lawyer Regulators to Increase Client & Public Protection Through Adoption of a Proactive Regulation System, 20 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 717 (2016)

Laurel S. Terry, U.S. Legal Profession Efforts to Combat Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing, 59 N. Y. L. S. L. Rev. 487 (2014/15)

Laurel S. Terry, Globalization and the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20: Reflections on Missed Opportunities and the Road Not Taken, 43 Hofstra L. Rev. 95 (2014)

Laurel S. Terry, Putting the Legal Profession’s Monopoly on the Practice of Law in a Global Context, 82 Fordham L. Rev. 2903 (2014)

Laurel S. Terry, Reflections on Lawyer Mobility, Accountability, and Regulatory Systems: Has the Time Come to Talk About the Elephant in the Room? 16 Legal Ethics 284 (2013)

Laurel S. Terry, Trends in Global and Canadian Lawyer Regulation, 76 Saskatchewan L. Rev. 145 (2013)

Laurel S. Terry, Steve Mark, Tahlia Gordon, Adopting Regulatory Objectives for the Legal Profession, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 2685 (2012)

Laurel S. Terry, Steve Mark, Tahlia Gordon, Trends and Challenges in Lawyer Regulation: The Impact of Globalization and Technology, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 2661 (2012)

Laurel S. Terry, Preserving the Rule of Law in the 21st Century: The Importance of Infrastructure and the Need to Create a Global Lawyer Regulatory Umbrella Organization, 2012 Mich. St. L. Rev. 735

Laurel S. Terry, From GATS to APEC: The Impact of Trade Agreements on Legal Services, 43 Akron L. Rev. 875 (2010)

Laurel S. Terry, The European Commission Project Regarding Competition in Professional Services, 29 Northwestern J. Int’l L. & Bus. 1 (2009)

Laurel S. Terry, The Bologna Process and its Impact in Europe: Much More than Degree Changes, 41 Vanderbilt J. Transnat’l L. 107 (2008)

Laurel Terry, The Future Regulation of the Legal Profession: The Impact of Treating the Legal Profession as “Service Providers,” 2008 J. Professional Lawyer 189 (2008)

Laurel S. Terry, The Legal World is Flat: Globalization and its Effect on Lawyers Practicing in Non-Global Law Firms, 28 Northwestern J. Int’l L. & Bus. 527 (2008)

Laurel S. Terry, An Introduction to the Financial Action Task Force and its 2008 Lawyer Guidance, 2010 J. Prof. Law. 3

Laurel S. Terry, The GATS and Legal Services in Limerick, 15 Michigan St. J. Int’l L. 635 (2007)

Shorter Articles and Essays

Laurel S. Terry, JOTWELL Blog Posts about the Legal Profession

Laurel S. Terry, Admitting Foreign-Trained Lawyers in States Other than New York: Why it Matters, 83(4) Bar Examiner 38 (Dec. 2014)

Laurel S. Terry,Why Your Jurisdiction Should Consider Jumping On The Regulatory Objectives Bandwagon, 22(1) Prof. L. 28 (Dec. 2013)

Laurel S. Terry, Creating an International Network of Lawyer Regulators: The 2012 International Conference of Legal Regulators, 82(2) Bar Examiner 18 (June 2013)

Laurel S. Terry, Transnational Legal Practice [2015], 50 ABA/SIL (n.s.) 531(2016)

Laurel S. Terry and Carole Silver, Transnational Legal Practice [2014], 49 ABA/SIL (n.s.) 413 (2015)

Laurel S. Terry, Transnational Legal Practice (International) [2010-2012], 47 Int’l L. 485 (2013)

Laurel S. Terry, Transnational Legal Practice (United States) [2010-2012], 47 Int’l L. 499 (2013)