Michael B. Kelly

Professor of Law

  • JD, 1983, University of Michigan
  • MA, 1980, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BGS, 1975, University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Professor Kelly teaches and writes in the areas of contracts, remedies and family law.

Professional Experience

Kelly clerked for the Honorable Daniel Friedman of the U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit and practiced law in Chicago. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1988.

Honors and Affiliations

Kelly served as articles and administrative editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Key Works

Kelly's publications include Remedies: Cases, Practical Problems & Exercises, 3rd Ed. (with Weaver, Partlett, and Cardi) (West Academic Publishing, 2014); Principles of Remedies Law, 2nd Ed. (West Academic Publishing, 2011); Inside Contract Law: What Matters and Why (Wolters Kluwer, 2010); “The Phantom Reliance Interest in Contract Damages” in 92 Wisconsin Law Review 1755 (1992); and “The Rightful Position in 'Wrongful Life' Actions” in 42 Hastings Law Journal 505 (1991).

Fall 2017 Classes

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Legal Research Center 314
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2333

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


Cecilia Salanger
(619) 260-2320

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Tue 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Tue 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thu 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Thu 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.