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R. Randall Kelso





R. Randall Kelso
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
JD, University of Wisconsin Law School

Phone: 713.646.1837

Office: 603T


Areas of expertise: consitutional law, contracts, and jurisprudence.

Professor Randall Kelso holds the Spurgeon E. Bell Distinguished Professorship at South Texas College of Law. He teaches and writes primarily in the area of Constitutional Law. He also teaches Contracts, and has taught Professional Responsibility and Jurisprudence in the past.

Professor Kelso’s current research projects focus on building a set of Constitutional Law materials accessible online for students at South Texas College of Law, 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 recently published Charles D. Kelso & R. Randall Kelso, The Path of Constitutional Law (Vandeplas Publishing 2007), a 1600-page E-Treatise on United States constitutional law, which can be purchased online through and then downloaded directly to a computer. He is also working with his father on an E-Coursebook in Constitutional Law, which will replace the usual hard copy textbook. In addition, he is working on completing a second edition to R. Randall Kelso & Charles D. Kelso, Studying Law: An Introduction (West Pub. Co. 1984). That book provides an introduction to the American legal system, including discussion of American legal education, common law decisionmaking, statutory interpretation, and constitutional law. The second edition should be available in E-book format also.

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.

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