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 parentage law to engage with continuing developments in assisted reproductive technologies.  Her most recent research explores 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.  Dean Jacobs is also a notable as a feminist voice in legal scholarship and has several pieces in the Feminist Judgements Project series.

Dean Jacobs has entries in three books and published articles in a dozen law reviews. She has presented her scholarship at conferences and universities around the world and has also given many presentations on best legal education pedagogy practices.    Dean Jacobs has taught courses in Child, Family & the State; Assisted Reproductive Technologies & the Law; Trusts & Estates; Property; and Law & Gender.

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.