Susan T. Phillips

Professor of Law; Director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library

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"Every student who enters Texas A&M University School of Law has the ability to be successful in law school. Just how successful will depend on the student’s work, commitment, and time management."

Get to Know Susan T. Phillips

What drew you to the law?

Initially, it was the thought of graduating with a bachelor’s in history and not having a direct career path with that degree. My classmates were either taking the MCAT or LSAT, and the LSAT was the most appropriate choice. Three months later, I was applying to law schools. No one in my family was an attorney, and I had never been around an attorney in my life. At the time, law school presented an opportunity.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy helping students on their journeys to becoming lawyers. It has been fascinating over the years to observe the various paths, from the traditional to the nontraditional, that students have taken to become lawyers. I am amazed by the commitments and sacrifices some students have made to reach their goals.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I hope my students leave my courses confident that they know the law and can apply the law. I want them to learn the necessary tools to advance in law school and pass the bar.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Family.

Publications

My publications are available on BePress SelectedWorks™.

Expertise

  • Legal research
  • Criminal procedure, investigation

Courses

  • Legislation & Regulation
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Legal Research

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Director, Dee J. Kelly Law Library
    Texas A&M University School of Law (September 2014-present)
  • Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2000-2013)
  • Interim Director, Dee J. Kelly Law Library
    Texas A&M University School of Law (August 2013- August 2014)
  • Interim Director, Dee J. Kelly Law Library
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (February 2013-August 2013)
  • Associate Dean, Dee J. Kelly Law Library
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (June 2001-August 2008)
  • Director, Law Library
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (February 2000-May 2001)
  • Associate Professor, Law Library
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (January 1998-February 2000)
  • Adjunct Professor
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (August 1995-January 2000)
  • Director of Public Services
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (June 1996-1997)
  • Coordinator of Public Services
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (July 1995-May 1996)
  • Public Services Coordinator
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (September 1993-August1994)
  • Adjunct Professor
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (January 1993-May 1994)
  • Research and Reference Librarian
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (October 1992-August 1993)
  • Reference Librarian, Jerene Appleby Harnish Law Library
    Pepperdine University School of Law (July 1991-August 1992)

Education

  • J.D., Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America
  • M.S.L.S., The Catholic University of America
  • B.A. in History, University of Dallas