Texas Tech University

Brandon Beck

Assistant Professor of Law

Email: brandon.beck@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8586

Professor Brandon Beck is a legal writer, appellate advocate, and expert in federal criminal law. He has argued fifteen cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, including an argument before the en banc court. In 2019, he argued and won United States v. Davis, 139 S. Ct. 2319 (2019) before the United States Supreme Court. Three years later, in 2022, he persuaded the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and remand in United States v. Bates, resulting in a new sentence of time served. See United States v. Bates, 24 F.4th 1017 (5th Cir. 2022) (vacating Mr. Bates's sentence on remand from the Supreme Court). He has been quoted in Politico, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Examiner, and elsewhere. Outside of class, he writes and lectures on federal criminal law, constitutional law, criminal procedure, legal history, and appellate advocacy. 

In his past life, Professor Beck was an assistant federal public defender, a civil litigator, the editor-in-chief of a literary journal, a graduate student in the history of ancient religion, and a high school mathematics and Latin teacher. While in law school, he won the National Moot Court Competition as both an oralist and brief writer.  In 2012, he was inducted into the National Order of Barristers and the National Order of Scribes.

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  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2004
  • Boston University, M.T.S., 2007
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 2012


  • Legal Practice I and II


Massey v. Texas: Eroding the Exclusionary Rule and Incentivizing Police Misconduct, 12 Tex. A&M L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming) (with Geoffrey S. Corn)

The Federal War on Guns: A Story in Four-and-a-Half Acts
, 26 U. Pa. J. Const. L. ___ (forthcoming 2023).

The Orwell Court: How the Supreme Court Recast History and Minimized the Role of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines to Justify Limiting the Impact of Johnson v. United States
, 66 Buff. L. Rev. 1013 (2018).

Just Visiting: Health Care Liability Claims and Non-Patient Injuries in a Health Care Setting, 56 S. Tex. L. Rev. 3 (2015).

Current Problems (and Solutions) in Texas Personal Injury Suits Involving Motorists and Livestock, 47 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 2 (2015) (with M. Shane McGuire).