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Jacob Schuman

Jacob Schuman

Assistant Professor of Law
Affiliate Faculty, Penn State Criminal Justice Research Center
Affiliate Faculty, Penn State Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse

Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School, magna cum laude
B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude

Jacob Schuman is an assistant professor at Penn State Law and an affiliate faculty member at Penn State's Criminal Justice Research Center and Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse. He studies criminal law, criminal procedure, and sentencing. His research has been published or is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, the Washington Law Review, the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New Republic, the Marshall Project, and the American Constitution Society Expert Forum, among others.

Prior to joining Penn State, Professor Schuman worked in the appellate unit of the Federal Community Defender Office in Philadelphia, where he represented indigent criminal defendants before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also practiced white collar criminal defense as an associate at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in Washington, D.C. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable James Boasberg on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He served as Notes Chair of the Harvard Law Review.


Prosecutors in Robes, 77 STAN. L. REV. ____ (forthcoming 2025)

Revocation at the Founding, 122 MICH. L. REV. ____ (forthcoming 2024)

Criminal Violations, 108 VA. L. REV. 1817 (2022)

Drug Supervision, 19 OHIO ST. J. CRIM. L. 431 (2022) (peer reviewed)

It is Time to Reform Federal Supervised Release, AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY EXPERT FORUM (with Aliza Hochman Bloom) (Nov. 30, 2022)

Editor's Observations: One Nation Under Supervision, 34 FED. SENT’G REP. 269 (2022)

The Judicial Role in Supervision and Reentry, 34 FED. SENT’G REP. 318 (2022)

Revocation and Retribution, 96 WASH. L. REV. 881 (2021)

The Secret Success of Federal Probationers, THE CRIME REPORT (Nov. 11, 2021)

Lori Loughlin, and Thousands of Others Sentenced to Supervised Release, Is Not Getting an Easy Punishment, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER (Aug. 31, 2020)

Supervised Release Is Not Parole, 53 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 587 (2020)

America’s Shadow Criminal Justice System, THE NEW REPUBLIC (May 30, 2018)

Federal Prisons Don’t Even Try to Rehabilitate the Undocumented, THE MARSHALL PROJECT (Oct. 17, 2017)

Sentencing Rules and Standards, 83 TENN. L. REV. 1 (2015)

Probability and Punishment, 18 NEW CRIM. L. REV. 214 (2015)

Lawful Use of Deadly Force by the Police: What’s Wrong in Ferguson and Elsewhere, THE CHAMPION (May 2015) (with Steven Salky and Keisha N. Stanford)

Note, Indian Canon Originalism, 126 HARV. L. REV. 1100 (2013)

Beyond Nuremberg, 25 J.L. & HEALTH 123 (2012)

Case Comment, Fourth Amendment – Exigent Circumstances Exception: Kentucky v. King, 125 HARV. L. REV. 211 (2011)

Developments in the Law, Extraterritoriality: Part VI. Extraterritorial Law and International Norm Internalization, 124 HARV. L. REV. 1226, 1280–92 (2011)