The A. Barry Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy at UCLA School of Law provides comprehensive training in the strategies and techniques required to be a successful trial lawyer.
Through an array of courses, competitions and clinical opportunities, students learn how to prepare for and conduct jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examinations and closing arguments, as well as how to make and respond to evidentiary objections. Students are provided with opportunities to apply these skills in class simulations, mock trial tournaments, and on behalf of actual clients in state and federal courts. Students have an opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty, experienced trial lawyers, and nationally successful mock trial coaches.
Justin Bernstein is the Director of the program. "UCLA’s commitment to trial advocacy is virtually unique among top-tier law schools," said Professor Bernstein. "You won’t find many schools of UCLA’s academic caliber that have a trial program this robust or a trial team this competitive."
"Without the Trial Advocacy program at UCLA Law, I wouldn't have found my calling as a trial lawyer. I learned practical litigation skills from a fantastic faculty, and the mock trial was an enlightening and rewarding way of preparing to be an advocate."
--Alyssa K. Schabloski '08, deRubertis Law Firm
"The Trial Advocacy Program at UCLA Law played a major role in preparing me to handle cases as a federal prosecutor and now in private practice. Faculty brought a holistic point of view to the litigation process, and mock trials with my fellow students allowed me to test my skills and preparation against others. I use concepts I learned in that program every single day."
--Eric Vandevelde '05, Gibson Dunn
"Being a part of the Trial Advocacy Program has been one of the most practical, challenging, and fun aspects of my career as a law student. Between mock trial and moot court, you can learn how to present a case from pre-trial through appeal while working alongside your fellow students and faculty members. My experience in the program has been invaluable in my preparation for legal practice."
--Jenna Mersereau '17