Jessica Rubin

Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Legal Practice Program
Headshot of Professor Rubin.
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 trains students to compete in national and international negotiation competitions. In collaboration with UConn’s Business School, she created and 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 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 transactional lawyering; and animal law and advocacy. 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, an Animal Legal Defense Fund Defender of Animals Award in 2018, the Connecticut Humane Society’s Humanitarian Award in 2019, the International Society of Animal Rights SEEDS Award in 2020 and the UConn Law School Perry Zirkel Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020.

Recent Faculty Notes
Jessica Rubin to Speak at Animal Law Conference
Aug 13, 2021 -

Professor Jessica Rubin will speak at an Animal Law Conference event that deals with the legal implications of animal cruelty. The event, 
"Representing Victim Voices: Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs" will be held virtually on October 16, 2021 from 3:45-5:00 EST. Professor Rubin will speak on a panel of experts in a discussion that intends to touch on the past, present, and future of Courtroom Animal Advocate Program laws.