Susan Smith Bakhshian

Clinical Professor of Law
Director of Bar Programs

Susan Smith Bakhshian, Clinical Professor of Law & Director of Bar Programs

Courses Taught

  • Remedies
  • California Civil Procedure
  • Law & Process: Privacy Torts
  • Fundamentals of Bar Exam Writing
  • Ethical Lawyering
  • Legal Drafting
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Introduction to Negotiation

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Education

  • BS, summa cum laude, California State University Northridge 
  • JD, magna cum laude, Loyola Law School, Order of the Coif 

Background

After graduating from Loyola Law School's evening program, Susan Smith Bakhshian practiced with a Los Angeles law firm as a trial attorney, representing clients in a variety of environmental and general litigation matters. Her clients ranged from multinational oil companies to a small chain of non-profit retail stores here in Southern California. Before joining the faculty at Loyola, Bakhshian taught at Whittier Law School. She has been a member of the Loyola Law School faculty since 1997 and she became the Director of Bar Programs and Academic Success in 2011.

Clinical Achievements

  • "Bar has Kept Out Fine Lawyers for No Reason," Daily Journal, August 16, 2017
  • Academic Support Professionals Conference, May 2017, “Getting Inside Their Heads:  How Fixed Mindset Explains Why Some Students Don’t Improve & Teaching Techniques to Change That”
  • ALWD National Conference, July 2017, “An Ill-Advised Line:  Disparate Impact of the Changes to Bar Passage Standard 316”
  • Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, March 2017 and Central States Legal Writing Conference, September 2017,  “Less is More: Replacing or Reducing Traditional Comments on Drafts with Faster  and Better Assessment Techniques”
  • Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, March 2016, “Tidal Wave or Low Tide: The Role of Legal Writing Professors in Implementing the New ABA Assessment Mandate”
  • National Legal Writing Conference, July 2016, “The Many Hats We Wear: A Technology-Enhanced Discussion about the Increased Role of Legal Writing & Skills Faculty in Law School Programs”   
  • West Coast Consortium of Academic Success Professionals, November 2015, “Build it and Make them Come:  Required Classes & Curriculum for the At Risk Student”
  • Central States Legal Writing Conference, September 2015 and Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, March 2014, “Got 5 Minutes?  Teach Grammar, Writing Mechanics, Professionalism & More”
  • Academy of Academic Support Educators, National Conference, May 2014, “The First Domino:  Teaching Note Taking”
  • West Coast Consortium of Academic Success Professionals, November 2013, “No Credit, No Problem:  Using Visuals to Teach Outlining & Essay Writing”
  • Central States Legal Writing Conference, October 2013, “Critiquing our Critiques,” (co-presenters Professors Debby McGregor & Joel Schumm of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, and Professors Susan Bay & Alison Julien of Marquette Law School)
  • Presenter, Western States Regional Legal Writing Conference, August 2012 and Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, March 2012, “The Real Thing: Using Unedited Cases and Jury Instructions as Class Exercises”
  • National Legal Writing Conference, June 2012, “Starting at the Finish Line: How to Revitalize Academic Success with an Integrated Program of Lawyering Skills and Bar Exam Skills,” (Co-presenters Assoc. Dean Jean Boylan, Asst. Director of Academic Success Prof. Anne Wells)
  • Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, September 2011 and Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, March 2011, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service: Interpreting the Academic Dress Code.” (Co-presenter Professor Allison Martin, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis)
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, March 2010, “Have your Power Point Slides Lost their Luster? Tone Up Your Slides to Teach Better”
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, March 2009, and Empire State Legal Writing Conference May 2010, “Stop the Bleeding: Returning Legal Writing Assignments with Easy In-Class Exercises to Ease the Pain”
  • Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, September 2009, “Heads I Win – Tails You Lose: How to Assign a Client in Persuasive Legal Writing Assignments,” (Co-presenter Professor Joel Schumm, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis)
  • National Legal Writing Conference, July 2008, "Bar Exam Prep Courses: Legal Writing, Academic Support, Both, or Something Else"
  • Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, October 2007, "Teaching Professionalism from Day One"
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, March 2007, "New Tricks for Old Dogs" (teaching strategies for legal writing professors)
  • National Legal Writing Conference, July 2006, "Wave of the Future or Low Tide: Offering a Bar Exam Writing Course for Credit"
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, February 2006, "Too Much, Too Little or Just 'Write': What is the 'Right' Approach to Critiquing Student Drafts?"