Kevin Cole

Professor of Law

  • JD, 1983, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, 1979, New College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Cole teaches and writes in the areas of evidence as well as criminal law and procedure.

Professional Experience

Cole clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced law in Philadelphia. He served as a reporter for the Committee on Forfeiture in Drug Offense Cases at the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He has been a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1987 and served as the ninth dean of the school from 2005 to 2011.

Honors and Affiliations

Cole was executive editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Key Works

Cole's publications include “Sex and the Single Malt Girl: How Voluntary Intoxication Affects Consent” in Montana Law Review (forthcoming 2017); "Sexual Assault Law" at Browning Symposium at University of Montana Law School in Missoula, Mont. (October 2016); “Backpedalling in Place: The ALI's Move from "Affirmative" to "Contextual" Consent” in (2016); “Better Sex Through Criminal Law: Proxy Crimes, Covert Negligence, and Other Difficulties of "Affirmative Consent" in the ALI's Draft Sexual Assault Provisions” in 53 San Diego Law Review 507 (2016); The Little White Book of Baseball Law (with Minan) (ABA Publishing, 2009); Expanding the Right to a Jury Trial San Diego Union-Tribune (2004); An Assault on Our Civil Rights? Hardly San Diego Union-Tribune (2002); "Miranda and the Future of Police Interrogation" at University of San Diego in San Diego, Calif. (March 7, 2000); "The Role of Benefit in the Criminal Law" at Association of American Law Schools in New Orleans, La. (January 9, 1999); and Federal Sentencing Guidelines Handbook (with Haines, and Woll) (Shepard's/McGraw-Hill, 1996).

Fall 2017 Classes

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 305
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2330

Online Resources



Arlene Penticoff
(619) 260-6843

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Thu 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Tue 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Mon 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.