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Willy E. Rice

Professor of Law | Englehardt Research Fellow


Contact Information


  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1982
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Law, Psychiatry and Statistics, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977
  • Ph.D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972
  • B.A., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, 1970

Specialties and Courses

  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Law & Technology
  • Law & Economics
  • Contracts
  • Sales-UCC
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Law Practice Technology


Spanning four years, Professor Rice was a graduate-faculty professor at Duke University before securing his post-doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins University and receiving his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

After law school, Professor Rice became a Visiting Public-Law Professor in the Department of Government—University of Texas at Austin, and, later, a Scholar-In-Residence at The American Bar Foundation in Chicago. Professor Rice has been a full- tenured professor of law since 1993 and is presently a Professor of Law and Englehardt Research Fellow at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.

Additionally, for nearly twenty-seven years, he has been a legal expert/statistician for multiple international, national and regional law firms and their clients. Professor Rice is currently a member the Gerson-Lehrman Group of International Experts

Honors and Awards

  • Scholar-In-Residence — American Bar Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, St. Mary’s School of Law, 2005-2006
  • President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech School of Law, 1993
  • Ex-Students’ New Faculty Teaching Award, Texas Tech School of Law, 1990
  • Fifth Circuit’s Excellence in Writing Law Review Award for 2003-2004
  • Order of the Coif, 1997
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1992
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society



  • Legal Practice Technology and Law (Cognella Academic Publishing 2017)
  • Consumer Litigation and Insurance Defense, Cognella Academic Publishing 2 ed.
  • Contract Law, Practice, Interpretation, and Enforcement, Cognella Academic Publishing 1 ed. 2014

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