Jessica Rubin

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Legal Practice Program
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Office: Hosmer
  • Legal Writing and Research
  • Interviewing
  • Counseling
  • Negotiations
  • Contract Drafting
  • Animal Law

Jessica Rubin is the Director of UConn Law School's Legal Practice Program, a rigorous and required program that teaches fundamental lawyering skills of Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiation, Legal Research and Writing, and Contract Drafting. Professor Rubin also teaches Animal Law – a field in which she is a widely recognized expert. She is the Director of UConn’s Animal Law Clinic. Professor Rubin was instrumental in creating Desmond’s Law, which allows Connecticut courts to appoint advocates – law students under supervision - in animal cruelty cases.  She supervises students and appears in court to advocate for justice in cases of animal cruelty. 

Professor Rubin hosts negotiation competitions, and trains students to compete in national and international competitions.  She created and, in collaboration with UConn’s Business School, runs the annual UConn Business Law Negotiation Competition in which law students work with business students to negotiate deals.

Professor Rubin teaches a course in U.S. common law analysis and writing for international students pursuing their LL.M. degrees.  During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Rubin traveled to Bilgi University in Istanbul, where she taught United States law and legal writing for the Open Society Foundation, and in 2016, she taught in Seoul, South Korea.  In both locations, she supplemented her teaching activities with local stray animal rescue and relocation efforts. 

A member of the Connecticut and New York Bars and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Professor Rubin’s main areas of legal and scholarly interest include: practical skills instruction, with a focus on business transactional lawyering; writing and research instruction; and animal law, a subject about which she organized a recent on-campus symposium entitled, ““Investigating and Prosecuting Animal Cruelty Cases”. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School.

Professor Rubin was awarded a University Provost’s Award for Public Engagement in 2017.

Recent Faculty Notes
Jessica Rubin Appointed to AALS Animal Law Board
Jan 11, 2019 -

Professor Jessica Rubin was appointed to the Association of American Law Schools' animal law board. Rubin was appointed at the Association's annual conference on January 6, 2019. 

Jessica Rubin to Give Yale Lecture
Dec 7, 2018 -

Professor Jessica Rubin will give a presentation at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics on January 24, 2019 about her role in establishing Desmond's Law in Connecticut. Desmond's Law is the first in the country that allows judges to appoint advocates on behalf of animals in cases of abuse or neglect.

Jessica Rubin to Speak at GW Law
Mar 12, 2018 -

Professor Jessica Rubin will speak with Connecticut state Rep. Diana Urban in a panel discussion about Desmond's Law on April 4, 2018, at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Urban and Rubin worked together to pass the law, which allows the court to appoint lawyers or law students as advocates in animal abuse cases, in Connecticut. The Washington event is co-sponsored by the District of Columbia Bar's Animal Law Committee and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at George Washington Law.

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