Jacob Hurst

Law Library Director &
Associate Professor of Law Librarianship and Technology

Email: jacob@stu.edu

Phone: 305.623.2335


St. Thomas University College of Law
Law Library (109)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


B.S., University of Utah
M.L.I.S., University of South Florida, magna cum laude
J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, cum laude


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Jacob Hurst

Jacob Hurst is University Librarian, Director of the St. Thomas University Law Library, and Associate Professor of Law Librarianship and Technology. Professor Hurst oversees the Law Library’s staff of librarians and support specialists in providing resources and facilities to the students and alumni of STU Law. Professor Hurst was appointed Director of the Law Library in January, 2020 after serving more than eight years in various public services roles within the Law Library. He teaches legal writing and courses focused on legal research and provides advice and guidance to students completing research papers. Professor Hurst has taught legal research courses at STU Law and Florida International University School of Law and has given lectures in countless other courses as well as advising many students writing law review comments. Professor Hurst’s research interests include equitable access to government information, environmental law, election law, and constitutional law issues, particularly those where government powers are at issue. Professor Hurst is a member of the Dean’s Administrative Team and works closely with other administrators to leverage initiatives and resources to contribute to the evolving strategic goals of the law school.

Professor Hurst obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Utah, graduated cum laude from St. Thomas University School of Law, and received a Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Florida, graduating magna cum laude. While a law student at STU Law, Professor Hurst was an editor of the St. Thomas Law Review, member of the student government, and had the honor of serving two prominent Florida jurists: the Honorable Judge Adalberto Jordan as an intern at the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; and the Honorable Justice James E.C. Perry as an intern at the Florida Supreme Court.

Prior to attending law school, Professor Hurst was employed in the banking industry in his native Utah. He was active in several civic and professional organizations including the Rotary, and participated in many political campaigns and volunteered with organizations focused largely on environmental issues supporting his love of the rural areas and National Parks in his native Utah and the American west more broadly. Jacob is and avid camper, hiker, backpacker, river-rafter, and is slowly visiting all U.S. National Parks.

  • Legal Research Boot Camp – State Law (Florida)
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