Melanie B. Jacobs

Dean and Professor of Law


Dean Melanie B. Jacobs is an internationally and nationally recognized expert in Family Law and has published extensively on the subject.  In particular, she has advocated for legal recognition of non-traditional family units and the evolution of legal thinking to engage with continuing developments in assisted reproductive technologies.  Recent research has been exploring the links between procreative autonomy and intentional parenthood.  She is a former chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Family and Juvenile Law Section.  She is also a notable as a feminist voice in legal scholarship, and is a part of the Feminist Judgements Project

She has published articles in three books and a dozen law reviews, and presented at over 30 different conferences, as well as almost 20 other scholarly presentations.

Dean Jacobs received her B.A from Columbia University in New York City, and her J.D. from Boston University, shortly after which she was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, later gaining her LL.M. from Temple University.