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

  • Central States Legal Writing Conference, fall 2013, panel presentation, Critiquing our Critiques:  Best Practices in Legal Writing Grading
  • West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals, fall 2013, presentation:  No Credit, No Problem:  Using Visuals to Teach Outlining & Essay Writing
  • Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, spring 2014, presentation:  Got 5 Minutes?  Teach Grammar, Writing Mechanics, & More
  • Association of Academic Support Educators Conference, summer 2014, presentation:  The First Domino:  Teaching Note Taking
  • Presenter, Western States Regional Legal Writing Conference, August 2012 and March 2012, Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, “The Real Thing: Using Unedited Cases and Jury Instructions as Class Exercises”
  • Presenter, 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)
  • Presenter, 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)
  • Presenter, Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, March 2010, “Have your Power Point Slides Lost their Luster? Tone Up Your Slides to Teach Better”
  • Presenter, 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”
  • Presenter, 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)
  • Presenter & Panelist, National Legal Writing Conference, July 2008, "Bar Exam Prep Courses: Legal Writing, Academic Support, Both, or Something Else"
  • Presenter, Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, October 2007, "Teaching Professionalism from Day One"
  • Presenter, Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, March 2007, "New Tricks for Old Dogs" (teaching strategies for legal writing professors)
  • Presenter, National Legal Writing Conference, July 2006, "Wave of the Future or Low Tide: Offering a Bar Exam Writing Course for Credit"
  • Presenter & Panelist, Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, February 2006, "Too Much, Too Little or Just 'Write': What is the 'Right' Approach to Critiquing Student Drafts?"