Professor of Law
Spurgeon E. Bell Distinguished Professorship
"All new laws, though penned with the greatest technical skill, and passed on the fullest and most mature deliberation, are considered more or less obscure and equivocal, until their meaning be liquidated and ascertained by a series of particular discussions and adjudications."
—The Federalist No. 37 (James Madison)
BA, University of Chicago
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
of expertise: consitutional law, contracts, and jurisprudence.
Professor R. Randall Kelso is the Spurgeon E. Bell Distinguished Professor of Law at Houston College of Law/Houston. He teaches and writes primarily in the area of Constitutional Law. He also teaches Contracts, and has taught Professional Responsibility and Jurisprudence in
Professor Kelso’s current research projects focus on building a set of Constitutional Law
materials accessible online for students at Houston College of Law/Houston, at other law
schools, or the public in general. With his father, Charles D. Kelso, a law professor at the
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, he has published: CHARLES D. KELSO & R.
RANDALL KELSO, THE PATH OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2007) (with Yearly Updated
Supplements through 2014) (E-Treatise on United States Supreme Court doctrine interpreting the
United States Constitution); CHARLES D. KELSO & R. RANDALL KELSO, AMERICAN
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: AN E-COURSEBOOK VOLUMES 1 & 2 (2014) (VOLUME 1: THE
STRUCTURAL CONSTITUTION: SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FEDERALISM; VOLUME 2: INDIVIDUAL
ECONOMIC, CIVIL, AND POLITICAL RIGHTS IN THE CONSTITUTION EXCLUSIVE OF THE FIRST
AMENDMENT); CHARLES D. KELSO & R. RANDALL KELSO, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW:
AN E-COURSEBOOK VOLUME 3: THE FIRST AMENDMENT (2014); and R. RANDALL KELSO &
CHARLES D. KELSO, STUDYING LAW: AN INTRODUCTION (2d ed. 2010) (legal methods materials
on studying law in a common-law legal system, with particular focus on the United States). All
of these books are available online at: http://libguides.stcl.edu/kelsomaterials
Professor Kelso’s articles have appeared in the Texas Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review,
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Seton Hall Journal of Constitutional
Law, Cardozo Law Review, Hastings Law Review, and Pepperdine Law Review, among others.
Professor Kelso has been a visiting law professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge
School of Law and the University of Aarhus School of Law in Aarhus, Denmark. Prior to joining
the faculty of Houston College of Law/Houston in 1983, he taught Legal Research and
Writing at the University of Miami School of Law and at Columbia University School of Law.