Patrick D. Goodman teaches Wills and Trusts, Remedies, American Law in the Global Context, and a seminar in Law and Popular Culture. He is also the creator and co-developer of Introduction to Legal Analysis, a new, required part of the first-year curriculum. He has also taught Lawyering Skills, Written Legal Analysis, and the California Appellate Advocacy Clinic, a live-client appellate course in juvenile law he founded at the UCLA School of Law in partnership with Los Angeles County. He is coauthor of Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success (Vandeplas Publishing, 2012). In 2010, Professor Goodman was awarded the campus-wide UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. in 2013, he received the UCLA School of Law's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, he was elected the UCLA School of Law Professor of the Year for the sixth consecutive year.
Prior to law school, Professor Goodman earned a Master of Education degree from UCLA. At Columbia Law School, Professor Goodman was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and recipient of the 1996 Jane Marks Murphy Prize for Excellence in Advocacy. After law school, Goodman joined Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles as a litigation associate. In 1998, he began at the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office as an attorney specializing in juvenile law and appellate practice, and he later was promoted to Senior Associate County Counsel. In November 1999, Goodman became Deputy County Counsel, a position he held before joining the UCLA School of Law faculty. Professor Goodman has served as lead counsel in over one hundred appeals, and he supervises certified UCLA law students in the California Court of Appeal.