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 Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Trial Advocacy, Trial Practice, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Evidence, and Advanced Evidentiary Objections.

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

Lecture Series

Each semester, A. Barry Cappello '65 hosts The Art of the Trial, where he and other leading practitioners discuss their high-profile cases and address the real-world dimensions of trial practice, from jury selection and class-action litigation to strategies for preserving issues on appeal. The Art of the Trial series takes students beyond coursework and provides them practical tools they can use throughout their careers  Guest speakers have included Thomas Nolan, chair of Skadden's West Coast litigation practice; acclaimed trial lawyer Brian Panish of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP; veteran trial consultant Noelle Nelson; and appellate expert Norman Pine of Pine Pine Freeman Tillett.

An annual lecture series launched in 1993 and named in honor of the late Los Angeles litigator, the Irving H. Green Memorial Lecture features some of the most prominent trial advocates in the country talking about issues affecting litigation, litigation practice and the court system.  Past Irving Green lecturers have included Los Angeles civil rights and criminal defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr.; famed Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Harland Braun '67; nationally-recognized class-action expert Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff, Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; and Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.  Read about past recipients.

The Cappello Program also hosts lectures on practical, contemporary topics. For example, we hosted Women in the Courtroom, in which trial attorneys Amanda Bonn from Susman Godfrey and J'me Forrest from Munger, Tolles & Olson discussed challenges that women face in the courtroom—and strategies for overcoming them.

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 2018-2019 academic year, the law school requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  1. Trial Advocacy Courses. Students must complete at least one introductory trial advocacy course consisting of at least 2.0 units and at least one advanced trial advocacy course consisting of at least 2.0 units. Introductory offerings include Simulated Civil Trial Advocacy (Law 705) and Criminal Trial Advocacy (Law 720). Advanced offerings are any trial advocacy courses with the term "Advanced" in the title, including Advanced Topics in Trial Advocacy (Law 795) and Trial Advocacy: Using Real-World Jury Trials to Master Trial Techniques (Law 795), as well as Trial Practice (Law 798).
  1. Evidence. Students must complete at least one course in Evidence consisting of 2.0 or more units.
  1. Courtroom Experience. Students must participate in at least three events or activities that give them practical trial experience. Qualifying events and activities include (a) each semester in an externship for which the student receives course credit and in which the student is trying cases or handling preliminary or evidentiary hearings; (b) each participation in an internal trial competition organized by the Cappello Program; (c) each participation in an external competition as part of the law school's Trial Team; and (d) each semester in one of these clinics: Veterans Justice, Civil Rights and Police Accountability, Criminal Defense, International Human Rights, Amicus, Supreme Court, and Immigrant Family Law, Bond Advocacy, and Pay or Stay: An Exploration of the Bail System in America. For the purposes of the requirement, students only receive credit for the first participation in an internal trial competition.


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