Susan Ayres

Professor of Law

Susan Ayers

“[T]he law is a language, a set of resources for expression and social action… accordingly, the life of the lawyer is at its heart a literary one — a life both of reading the compositions of others (especially those authoritative compositions that declare the law) and of making compositions of one’s own.”

– James B. White

Get to Know Susan Ayres

What drew you to the law?

My career choices as a philosophy and English major were limited. I had always been interested in debating legal issues, so law school was a natural path.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The students, the energy in the classroom when students are engaged.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

It really varies by course. My expectations for 1Ls taking criminal law are very different from my expectations for 3Ls taking a rigorous writing seminar.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I worked as a judicial clerk for the Austin Court of Appeals and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. I also practiced law with McGinnis, Lochridge, and Kilgore in Austin, and then with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Literature, my family, martial arts and the arts in general.

What are your research interests?

Intersections between law, literature and culture.


Link to my publications.


  • “Paternity Fraud and Family Secrets,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (March 2015)
  • “Paternity Fraud: Regulation of Women’s Sexuality and Family Relationships,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington (May 2015)


  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence Seminar
  • Law & Literature Seminar
  • Gender & the Law Seminar
  • Criminal Procedure Trial Rights

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2006-2013)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2003-2006)
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (1999-2003)
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    Roger Williams University School of Law (1997-1999)


  • Ph.D. in Literature, Texas Christian University
  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law
  • M.A. in Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • B.A. in Philosophy and English, Baylor University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Awards / Honors

  • Shirley Zabel Memorial Award (teaching award)