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About Aric Short

From 2014 to 2017, Aric Short has  served as Vice Dean of the law school, where he oversees new degree programs, academic collaborations with other schools, and our innovative Professionalism and Leadership Program. Dean Short also established and leads the law school’s annual pro bono summer trip to Costa Rica. From 2013 to 2014, he served as Interim Dean of the law school and helped lead its transition to Texas A&M ownership. Before that, Dean Short served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, where he oversaw the law school’s curriculum and expanded experiential learning and professionalism training. These efforts included developing a skills-based winter term, building new clinical partnerships with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration, and helping implement an oral skills graduation requirement.

In addition to his administrative work, Dean Short has taught Property, Wills and Estates, and other property-related courses, and he has been voted 1L Professor of the Year six times. His research and scholarship have focused on housing-related discrimination and the litigation of human rights claims in U.S. courts. Dean Short has been active in local and national service, including serving on the ABA committee that revised distance- learning standards for legal education. He is also the Chair-elect of the Post-Graduate Legal Education Committee of the Association of American Law Schools.

Positions

September 2017 - Present Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
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July 2014 - September 2017 Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
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August 2013 - June 2014 Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
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June 2013 - August 2013 Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
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2009 - 2013 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
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2004 - 2009 Associate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
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1998 - 2004 Associate, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. ‐ Administrative Law and Environmental Law
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1996 - 1998 Associate, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering ‐ International Law & Litigation
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Curriculum Vitae




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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Chair, Secretary, and Executive Committee, AALS, Committee on Post-Graduate Legal Education
2010 - 2011 Technology Committee, ABA, Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
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Honors and Awards

  • 1L Professor of the Year (2004-2009)
  • Richard Gershon Alumni Leadership Award, 2010
  • Voted Most Influential Professor by Texas Wesleyan Law Students, 2008

Courses

  • Land Law of Ghana
  • Land Use
  • Law & Religion Seminar
  • Wills & Estates
  • Property

Education

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1996 Juris Doctor, University of Texas at Austin ‐ School of Law
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1993 A.B. in American Government, Georgetown University
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Contact Information

Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102


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