- Legal Writing and Research
- 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 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 also teaches Animal Law – a field in which she is a widely recognized expert. 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 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 in partnership with the Connecticut Bar Association a recent on-campus symposium entitled, “Animal Cruelty: Legal Challenges and Potential Solutions.” 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.
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.
Professor Jessica Rubin has been named one of the top ten animal defenders in the United States by The Animal Legal Defense Fund. Professor Rubin was instrumental in creating Desmond’s Law, the nation’s first statutory animal advocate position in criminal cruelty cases. The law allows Connecticut courts to appoint advocates, such as law students under supervision, in animal cruelty cases. She supervises students and appears in court to advocate for justice in cases of animal cruelty, making her one of the first attorneys approved to volunteer as an animal advocate.
Professor Jessica Rubin will speak to the Animal Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association in New Orleans on Dec. 15, 2017. She will describe Connecticut's animal advocacy program, established under Desmond's Law, which she and her students help pass and implement.