Aric Short

Vice Dean; Professor of Law

Aric Short

“Law school should be an exciting phase of your life, when you explore a wide range of interesting career paths and begin to develop both your professional identity and a commitment to serving others.”

Get to Know Aric Short

What drew you to the law?

I fell in love with the subject in college while taking a course on Constitutional Law. The history, policy and complex arguments were fascinating to me. And the more I learned about law, the more I saw it as a powerful tool to improve people’s lives — and the more I saw lawyers as playing a vital role in ensuring that justice is served.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The students. With the possible exception of playing second base for the Rangers, I can’t imagine a more rewarding job than helping students discover the law and hone their skills of legal reasoning and communication. We work through extremely difficult material in class, and it’s always fun to see students finally put together the kind of legal analyses they will need in the practice of law.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

Beyond an understanding of the substantive law we cover, I hope students come away from my courses with an appreciation for how important the role of the lawyer is in society. Lawyers have duties to their clients and broader society, which require that they operate with the highest integrity and professionalism.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I practiced law with firms in Washington, D.C. (international litigation) and Austin, Texas (environmental law and water rights).

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

My family. I love spending time with my wife and three kids, including helping to coach my kids’ baseball and softball teams. I also like to bake, especially if it’s been a long day at the office.

What are your research interests?

My research has focused primarily on housing rights and how existing laws can better protect vulnerable tenants against harassment. I have also written on procedural issues involving the litigation of human rights claims in U.S. courts.


Link to my publications.


  • Keynote Speaker, “Challenges and Opportunities in Legal Education,” Collin County Young Lawyers Association Annual Judicial Reception, McKinney, Texas (2015).
  • Discussant, “Strategies for Balancing Our Love for Work and Our Love for Life Beyond the Academy,” Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, Florida (2014).
  • “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Law School,” Tarrant County Bar Association Luncheon, Fort Worth, Texas (2013)
  • “Professionalism in Legal Education,” Reforming and Renewing the Education of Professions: An Interactive Vision of Professionalism, UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas (2012)
  • “Faith by Itself is Dead: Local Homeless Feeding Restrictions and their Impact on the Free Exercise of Religion,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities, 2007 Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (2009)
  • “Exorcisms Gone Bad: Treading the Boundary Between Personal Responsibility and Free Exercise,” Department of Religion, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas (2008)
  • “A Thirteenth Amendment Critique of Residential Sexual Harassment,” New Scholars Workshop, Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, Florida (2007)
  • “Sexual Harassment in Housing as Involuntary Servitude,” Gloucester Law Conference on “Law and Justice in an Age of Globalization,” Gloucester, England (2007)
  • “Exploiting the Most Vulnerable: Housing Harassment at the Junction of Race, Gender, and Poverty,” American University, Washington College of Law Interschool Junior Faculty Workshop on Poverty Law, Washington, D.C. (2007)
  • “Constitutional Protection Against Sexual Harassment in Housing,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, 2007 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (2007)
  • Moderator, Debate on Religion in the Public Square, Fort Worth, Texas (2006)
  • “The Forgotten Role of Harassment in Residential Segregation,” Gloucester Law Conference on “Too Pure an Air: Law and the Quest for Freedom, Justice, and Equality,” Gloucester, England (2006)
  • Moderator, Panel on Religion, Freedom of Expression and Cultural Conflict, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Conference on “Too Pure an Air: Law and the Quest for Freedom, Justice, and Equality,” Gloucester, England (2006)


  • Property
  • Fair housing
  • Lawyer professionalism


  • Property
  • Wills & Estates
  • Law & Religion Seminar

Academic Experience

  • Vice Dean and Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2014-present)
  • Interim Dean and Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-2014)
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2009-2013)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2004-2009)


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors
    • Texas Law Review, Associate Editor
    • Order of the Coif
  • A.B., Georgetown University, magna cum laude

Awards / Honors

  • 1L Professor of the Year (2004-2005, 2005 – 2006, 2006 – 2007, 2007 – 2008,2008 – 2009)
  • Richard Gershon Alumni Leadership Award (2010)

Other Professional Activities

  • Master, Mahon Inn of Court
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Section on Real Property and Probate
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Chair-Elect, AALS Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education