Frank Elliott

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law


“Always take your work seriously. Never take yourself seriously.”

Get to Know Frank Elliott

What drew you to the law?

I had an uncle who was a lawyer, teacher and judge, and finally Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He led the conversation at lunch after a morning of argument, and always asked us young folks our opinion on the cases heard.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I have enjoyed teaching for many years, and particularly since it appears that the students are getting younger and younger as I am remaining the same age.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

An understanding that civil procedure is based on court rules, not the common law, and that knowledge of those rules is an absolute prerequisite to the practice of law in the courtroom.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

After graduation from law school, I worked as an assistant attorney general for a summer, then as a briefing attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas for a year. I then joined the faculty at the University of Texas School of Law.


Link to my publications.


  • Texas civil procedure
  • Texas appellate procedure
  • Evidence


  • Texas Pre-Trial Procedure
  • Texas Trials & Appeals
  • Evidence

Academic Experience

  • Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (1994-2013)
  • Dean and Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (1992-94)
  • Dean and Professor of Law
    Dallas/Fort Worth School of Law (1989-92)
  • Dean and Professor of Law
    Texas Tech University School of Law (1977-80)
  • Professor of Law
    University of Texas School of Law (1958-77)


  • LL.B., University of Texas School of Law, with honors
    • Quizmaster, Comment Editor, Texas Law Review; Phi Delta Phi; Chancellors; Order of the Coif
  • B.A. in Mathematics, University of Texas

Other Professional Activities

Military Experience

  • Active Duty: United States Army, 1951-53, Korea 1952-53; Visiting Professor, Judge Advocate General’s School, 1973-74
  • Reserve Duty: 1950-81, Colonel, JAGC-USAR (Ret.)
  • Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal with Star; Korean Service Medal w/3 battle stars; Armed Forces Reserve Medal, United Nations Service Medal; ROK-Korean War Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation


  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Member, American Law Institute, Namesake, Elliott Inn, the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi, New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Hall of Fame