A. Barry Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy


At UCLA, the challenge isn’t finding classes that offer training in trial advocacy. The challenge is finding time to take them all. We offer Simulated Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Trial Advocacy, Jury Selection, Trial Practice, Advanced Trial Advocacy (in which students try cases based on transcripts and evidence from famous trials), and Advanced Topics in Trial Advocacy (which covers storytelling, courtroom technology, and public speaking, among other topics).

These courses are in addition to Appellate Advocacy, Pretrial Civil Litigation, Depositions and Discovery, Sentencing Advocacy, and multiple courses in Evidence. The law school also offers more than 50 clinical and experiential courses, several of which give students the opportunity to advocate in court.

Cappello Certificate in Trial Advocacy

VanAnh To 15 v2UCLA Law students who complete a sequenced, rigorous program of training in trial advocacy and fully participate in UCLA Law's Mock Trial program are eligible for the Cappello Certificate in Trial Advocacy at graduation. This prestigious certificate recognizes the recipient's curricular and co-curricular commitment to and training in trial advocacy.

In order to receive the Cappello Certificate for the 2017-2018 academic year, the law school requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  1. Foundational Trial Advocacy - at least one of the following foundational courses:
  1. Evidence
  1. Advanced Trial Advocacy and Litigation Training Courses – at least two of the following courses*:

*The course "Advanced Trial Advocacy" will be offered and required in 2018-2019. This requirement will then be reduced to one course. UCLA Law Faculty may determine additional qualified courses as needed.

  1. Mock Trial Program Participation:
    • At least one (1) internal UCLA Law mock trial competition
    • At least two (2) external National mock trial competitions

Students can submit a statement of qualification beginning March 23rd with a deadline of April 13th to Associate Dean Emily Scivoletto.

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Director of A. Barry Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy
Lecturer in Law