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 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 will only receive credit for the first two participations in internal trial competitions.


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