Duquesne University School of Law

Jacob H. Rooksby, J.D., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Administration and Associate Professor of Law

Office: Hanley Hall 404

Phone Number: 412.396.6185

E-Mail Address: rooksbyj@duq.edu

Education: Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2012
J.D., University of Virginia, 2007
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2007
A.B., The College of William and Mary, 2004

Jacob H. Rooksby is the associate dean of administration and an associate professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. In addition to his administrative role, Rooksby teaches courses in torts, intellectual property (IP) subjects, law and higher education, and social media and the law. His primary scholarship focus concerns the impact of IP law and policy on higher education. Rooksby is Of Counsel to the intellectual property group at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., and the current president of the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association. He formerly practiced law with McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Va., where he was a member of the firm’s IP litigation / patents department and higher education practice team. Rooksby also has experience serving as an expert witness in intellectual property litigation.

Rooksby holds J.D., M.Ed. (social foundations of education), and Ph.D. (higher education) degrees from the University of Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Hispanic studies and government from the College of William & Mary, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Rooksby is co-author (with Kaplin, Lee, and Hutchens) of the forthcoming 6th edition of The Law of Higher Education, the leading treatise in the field. His book on IP law and policy issues in higher education, The Branding of the American Mind, is available through Johns Hopkins University Press and Amazon.com.


  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • Law and Higher Education
  • Social Media & the Law
  • Technology Innovation Law
  • Torts

Professor Jacob H. Rooksby writes for a variety of audiences within the fields of law and higher education. His work has been published, cited, or is forthcoming in Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Brooklyn Law Review, Missouri Law ReviewNational Geographic, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Cornell Law ReviewDuke Law Journal, George Mason Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Alabama Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, Utah Law Review, Akron Law Review, Duquesne Law ReviewThe John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property, Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review, Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property, Journal of Law & Education, Journal of College & University Law, Journal of Legal Education, Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, les Nouvelles, Journal of Technology Transfer, Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship, Academe, and Teachers College Record, among other outlets. In recognition of Rooksby's scholarship in the field of intellectual property, Duquesne Unviersity School of Law awarded him the Dr. John and Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship in 2014. 

Rooksby is a contributing editor at HigherEducationLaw blog. Please visit his SSRN page and personal website for more details on his scholarship.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Board Member

Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, President, 2016-2017

Dr. John and Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, 2014

Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Pennsylvania State Bar

Virginia State Bar (inactive)

Phi Beta Kappa

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