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

Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law

Room 327 School of Law
Phone: 412.396.6185



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

Jacob H. Rooksby is an assistant professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law, where he teaches courses in the area of intellectual property (IP) law and focuses his scholarship on the impact of IP law and policy on higher education. A member of the Virginia State Bar, Professor Rooksby formerly practiced law as an associate with McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Va., where he was a member of the firm's IP litigation / patents department and higher education practice team. Super Lawyers magazine named him a "Rising Star" attorney in Virginia in 2009, 2011, and 2012 in the area of IP law.

Professor 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. Professor Rooksby currently is at work on a book on IP policy issues in higher education.


SSRN Profile


Professor Rooksby writes for both legal and higher education audiences. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Akron Law Review, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property, Journal of Law & Education, The Journal of College & University Law, Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, les Nouvelles, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship, Academe, and Teachers College Record, among other outlets. He is a contributing editor at HigherEducationLaw blog. Please visit Professor Rooksby's SSRN page and personal website for more details on his work.

Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Affiliations

Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association

Association of University Technology Managers

Virginia State Bar