Susan Smith Bakhshian

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

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



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


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.

Selected Publications & Public Engagement

  • Criticism of Non-Exam Pathway is Thinly Veiled Protectionism, Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 3, 2022
  • Supreme Court of California, Blue-Ribbon Commission on the Future of the Bar Exam Member (2021 to present)
  • State Bar of California, Law School Council Member (2019-present)
  • Provisional License Program Promises More Than It Can Deliver, Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 9, 2020
  • It’s Time to Replace the California Bar Exam, The Recorder, July 16, 2020
  • Clearing the Last Hurdle: Mapping Success on the California Bar Exam (Wolters Kluwer 2020) (with W. Temm)
  • ALWD National Conference, May 2019, “Leading the Way: Using Low Stakes Techniques from Legal Writing for Assessment Across the Curriculum”
  • Western States Legal Writing Conference, August 2018, “The Real Thing: Using Jury Instructions to Prepare Students for Practice"
  • National Legal Writing Conference, July 2018, “Getting Students to the Finish Line: Perspectives on Bar Prep Classes, Strategies, & Materials to Prepare Students for the Bar Exam”
  • ALWD National Conference, July 2017, “An Ill-Advised Line:  Disparate Impact of the Changes to Bar Passage Standard 316”
  • 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”